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Chicago’s Tequila Enthusiasts Embrace O’RTE’s Single Estate Approach and Elevated Flavor Profiles

Chicago's Tequila Enthusiasts Embrace O'RTE's Single Estate Approach and Elevated Flavor Profiles
Photo Courtesy: O'RTE

Chicago boasts a vibrant spirits scene, renowned for its innovative cocktail culture catering to enthusiasts with high expectations regarding premium libations. The Windy City’s residents and visitors flock to its diverse array of trendy bars, upscale lounges and award-winning restaurants, seeking exceptional food and beverage offerings to enjoy.

O’RTE Single Estate Tequila has swiftly gained acclaim as a standout option in Chicago. Tequila enthusiasts and connoisseurs appreciate O’RTE’s departure from convention, meticulously selecting 100% blue agaves from a singular family estate in Jalisco, Mexico, each year. This dedication to quality and purity, with no additives, has established a new benchmark for artisanal tequila production and is one of key reasons the brand has been a hit among Chicagoans since its debut in 2023. 

At the heart of O’RTE Tequila’s success story is its visionary founder, Julious Grant, a 30-year leader in the spirits industry with an illustrious career spanning high-ranking positions at spirits giants like Bacardi, Moët Hennessy, and Beam Suntory. With a passion for tequila and a deep connection to his Mexican roots, Grant embarked on a mission to create a tequila that transcends the ordinary. His expertise and commitment to excellence are evident in every aspect of O’RTE.

“O’RTE is more than just a brand for me; it’s a narrative of tradition and a homage to my half-Mexican heritage, articulated through a lens of quality and authenticity,” says Grant. “Our tequilas are made with the highest-quality agaves curated from one harvest, during one year, and from one location with optimal characteristics to deliver the highest-quality end product. Each note of flavor and aroma nuance unveils a chapter of the estate that Chicago has embraced wholeheartedly.” 

Chicago's Tequila Enthusiasts Embrace O'RTE's Single Estate Approach and Elevated Flavor Profiles

Photo Courtesy: O’RTE

Chicago residents are savoring the diverse array of flavors offered by O’RTE tequila. These include the Blanco, which offers a sensory journey with aromatic and herbal notes, accompanied by a distinct fruitiness that highlights the presence of the quality agave. Pineapple and citrus undertones add a refreshing twist, while a subtle spiciness contributes to the complexity of the flavor profile.

Additionally, with its distinctive golden hue, O’RTE Reposado presents a sensory experience that captivates the palate. The aroma is an enticing fusion of floral honey, pepper, and refreshing mint, all complemented by the subtle sweetness of vanilla. As one savor this exceptional spirit, the influence of oak emerges, leaving behind lingering notes of vanilla and butterscotch for a truly luxurious conclusion.

O’RTE Añejo presents another exceptional choice: a delightful blend featuring tropical notes, a hint of spiciness, and a fresh, cooked agave aroma. This exquisite spirit also reveals subtle undertones of vanilla, adding a layer of complexity to its flavor profile.

“The Chicago area is quickly becoming one of our best-selling regions, reflecting the city’s discerning taste and appreciation for exceptional spirits,” says Grant. “As we expand our presence across the US, it’s gratifying to see the Windy City lead the charge in celebrating the rich narrative and unparalleled craftsmanship behind each bottle of O’RTE.”

From trendy rooftop lounges to classic speakeasies, O’RTE is making its mark on Chicago’s spirited culture, inviting enthusiasts to indulge in a taste that exemplifies fine tequila craftsmanship. In addition to on-premise establishments throughout the city, O’RTE Tequila can also be purchased at major retailers like Total Wine & More as well as independent retailers and online through Drizly, Instacart, or directly through the brand’s website at

Published by: Aly Cinco

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