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TEQUILAS

There sure is a rush of marketing people attempting to cater to those free-spending folk who fortify some lime mixture with Tequila.  Some are actually pretty interesting distillations.  Others are more curious for their packaging. 

We have a range of good ones.   Here are a few of them:

HERRADURA
The Herradura Tequila has been produced for more than 100 years.  "Herradura," Spanish for "horse shoe," and if you drink too much of this stuff, you'll feel like you've had a horse-shoe to your head!  They make a range of tequilas, the Silver being aged for but 40 days in used oak cooperage.
The Reposado spends just less than a year in oak and is light gold in color and smooth.  Even smoother is the Aejo which is matured for two years in oak.
 


CHINACO
Some years ago, predicting a boom in sales, the government of Mexico expanded the delimited area for production of Tequila.  Until 1973, all Tequila has to come from the state of Jalisco.  But they permitted the cultivation of the blue agave plant in the Tamaulipas region, too.
A major producer of Tequila had agreed to pay growers a substantial price for their agave.  Significant acreage was cultivated and then the distiller decided it didn't have to peso much.  
The growers, led by Guillermo Gonzalez, set up their own distillery and produced a tequila known as Chinaco (named after Mexican defense forces in the 1850s).  
Today Chinaco is produced by the sons of Gonzalez. 
We have the usual three "flavors" of Chinaco, Silver, Reposado and the Aejo.  





CAZADORES
Here's a very good Tequila from Jalisco.  Production began in the 1970s for the founding family, but the brand didn't hit the market until the 1980s.  It's a very traditional Tequila and one that's quite popular with our Latino customers.











EL JIMADOR
This Tequila is produced by the Herradura company, a brand that's wildly popular south of the border.  Few Gringos know this tequila, but it gets thumbs up from the Latino community around here.









CABO WABO
Some rock musician named Sammy Hagar (I wouldn't know him from Adam, I'll admit) owns this brand of Tequila.  The name comes from the nightclub of the same name in Cabo San Lucas.  There's a Silver version and a Reposado that spends about 6 months in oak.





EL TESORO de DON FELIPE
El Tesoro offers a distinctive Silver Tequila.  You'll either be a fan or wonder "What is this S***?"  Their Silver Tequila is distilled pretty close to 80 proof.  Most Tequila is distilled to a significantly higher strength and then watered down to 80 proof.  El Tesoro is usually bottled immediately after distillation.  We also have an aged version of El Tesoro.





PATRN
Patrn has many fans as it is a fine range of Tequilas.  Made in the Jalisco mountains, Patrn is a double-distilled Tequila.  The firm claims the Agave plants used by Patrn have an unusually high sugar content.  This, they claim, is one of the secrets of making fine Tequila.  Their Silver Tequila is quite fine, fresh and almost fruity.  The Reposado and Aejo are both oak aged and reasonably smooth.

 

SAUZA
We have several tequilas....
Hornitos
Conmemorativo
Tres Generaciones
and can order others...




 

MILAGRO
We have a trio...
Silver
Reposado
Anejo

 

SEOR  ALMENDRADO

If you like Amaretto, here's your tequila-based liqueur that is Amaretto-like.

 

 

TEQUILA ROSE

This is a strawberry-flavored cream-like liqueur with Tequila as the base alcohol.


 

PORFIDIO

This famous tequila was not available for many years.  We had heard stories of how they were not making their tequila of agave and that the place had been shut down.

A representative from the distillery stopped by in July of 2006 to say "they're back."  

But the problem, we're told, was the U.S. importer wanted to buy the company which was not for sale.  The American importer, we're told, allegedly spread false rumors of the demise of the brand.  Now that their contract has run its course, the brand is imported by another company and it's back in stock.

 



TEZN
The "feature" of this brand is that the agave is processed using something called a "tahona" stone rather than some new-fangled modern machinery.

 

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