On a special trip to Miami, Master distiller Tony Salles hosted an exclusive tasting event and presentation of El Tequileño Tequila at Stiltsville in South Beach. Tony is a third-generation distiller, and his father, Juan Salles, who runs the blending and bottling facility, is one of only five to be given the award of ‘gran tequilero’, one of the most respected people in the business.
Named in honor of the people of Tequila, El Tequileño was founded in 1959 by Don Jorge Salles Cuervo with a vision to create only the finest tequila. Sixty years later, El Tequileño is made in the same place using the same recipe by the grandson of Don Jorge.
El Tequileño is one of the most well-known historical brands in the industry. El Tequileño comes originally from the town of Tequila and it is really famous because in this town there’s a bar called La Capilla, a tiny little cantina, famous for making one specific drink: La Batanga. It’s Mexican cola, Tequila, lime juice and with a salt rim, and stirred with a knife. La Capilla has won multiple awards as one of the most iconic bars in Mexico; the only tequila they use for La Batanga is El Tequileño.
El Tequileño expressions
El Tequileño Platino Blanco: Mellowed for 14 days in American Oak
Traditional craft production using highland agave, autoclaves, open fermentation, copper pot still, and pipones. Leader in sustainability in Tequila. 98% of all by-product is re-used at the distillery and agave fields
Tequileño Reposado is a 100% blue agave tequila that spends 3 months in American Oak.
Tequileno Anejo Gran Reserva 2yrs in American & French oak, blended with reserve extra Anejo. Sweet oak, vanilla, cooked agave, sweet spices, orange, dried fruit, caramel. A long complex finish.
EL Tequileño Reposado Rare: is a limited edition tequila aged for 6 years in a large American Oak barrel called a Pipon. Despite being aged longer than most Extra Añejos, this must be labeled Reposado due to the size of the barrel exceeding the 600L maximum. Therefore, El Tequileño presents the world’s first Reposado Rare! 6 years of undisturbed rest has resulted in a Tequila of amazing complexity, rich flavors, and exceptional depth. Each bottle is individually numbered and signed by Gran Tequilero, Antonio Salles, 2nd Generation Master Distiller.
El Tequileno Reposado Gran Reserva:
As a difference on their Reposado, this one is 8 months rested and blended w/ 15% Anejo.
Aromas of banana, caramelized pear, nutmeg & vanilla. Light oak flavors, vanilla, toffee & Macadamia nuts.