|Hello, Tequila Tapatio!
After 75 years of distilling in Arandas and sales across Mexico, the venerable Tapatio Tequila has arrived in the US.
YES - it's the same Tequila Tapatio you met & loved in Mexico!
Distiller Carlos Camarena has developed cult like status with Tequila lovers with the quality and integrity of his hard to obtain Tapatio brand. It stands alone with its pure classic flavor profile of 100% Blue Agave Tequila from the highlands.
Why is it so loved? Tapatio sets the bar for the old authentic flavor that is disappearing in modern Tequilas. Respected author, Robert Plotkin, of Bar Media and a respected Tequila writer, wrote: “Wow, Tapatio...I'm already salivating”.
The Camarena Family distills 100% estate grown blue agaves. Many know the family distillery through El Tesoro and other custom Tequilas. Charbay’s father and son team distilled their Tequila there. That’s the friendship that brought Tapatio to America.
True Tequila aficionados and star bartenders make the trek to Camarena’s La Altena Distillery in Arandas as a right of passage into the old Tequila world. Enlightened by Tapatio’s intriguing flavor profile, many tried to find a way to get it in the US. It took the friendship & trust of two distilling families to make it happen.
This Reposado is not marred by the artificial oaky elements seen in so many "barrel aged" reposados on the market today. Rather than the cheap vanilla flavors, the Tapatio focuses more on the agave flavor carrying the sharp jalapeño found in the Blanco version into a deeper and more rounded depth of flavor. The strong agave flavor is the best part of this tequila that showcases the quality of the raw ingredients and the distillation process the Camarena family goes through while still staying true to the Reposado style which rounds out the agave flavor with subtle elements of baking spices and a subtle caramel finish that is both complex and soft. Great for sipping as well as mixing a perfect margarita.
Smooth and sweet but still a substantial, but not overpowering agave flavor.