4th of JULY:
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
We have a range of good ones. Here are a few of them:
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
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
Today Chinaco is produced by the sons of Gonzalez.
We have the usual three "flavors" of Chinaco, Silver, Reposado and
- 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
- 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.
- 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 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.
- We have
and can order others...
- We have a
- SEOR ALMENDRADO
If you like Amaretto, here's your tequila-based liqueur that is
- TEQUILA ROSE
This is a strawberry-flavored cream-like liqueur with Tequila as the base
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
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
The "feature" of this brand is that the agave is processed
using something called a "tahona" stone rather than some new-fangled