The Story of Tequila Tapatío


Imported by CHARBAY Distillery

Don Felipe Camarena was born into a family that had distilled tequila since back in the early 1800’s. The family’s original distillery was destroyed and abandoned during the Mexican Revolution. Don Felipe began his career by growing and selling agave plants to other distillers. But since tequila making was in his blood, he started distilling his own tequila, selecting only the ripest plants and using equipment from his family’s original distillery.
In 1937 Don Felipe opened La Alteña distillery in the mountainous region of Jalisco, Mexico, known for producing the best blue agave. His passion for doing things just right inspired his family to continue handcrafting Tapatio so it could be enjoyed by future generations.

Don Felipe passed the business to his son, Felipe J. Camarena Orozco, who in turn passed it on to his daughters, Lilianna and Gabriela, and to his son, Carlos, who today, as Master Distiller, maintains the standards of excellence set down by his grandfather, Don Felipe.

Tequila Tapatío
Blanco


Tapatio Tequila has been a cult favorite in Mexico for more than 80 years. Charbay is the exclusive importer of this highly revered, limited production tequila, made with 100% Estate grown blue agave from the highlands of Jalisco.

To make our Blanco, Agave Pina's are harvested by Jimadores, slowly baked for 4 days, then crushed to extract the Mosto. Fermented by an 80-year old yeast culture, double distilled in Tequilano Pot Stills, aged 6 months in stainless steel.

93 Points - "The flavor is sweet and smooth, with light citrus and a faintly spicy, warming finish". - Wine Enthusiast

Alcohol 40% | 80 Proof | 1L
 

Tequila Tapatío
Blanco 110 Proof


‘110’ means Blanco at 110 proof but what it really means, is more flavor and less water! We received our first order in 2013 and it immediately started capturing hearts. It’s a high proof tequila that not only has intensity but also finesse and smoothness.

To make our Blanco 110, Agave Pina's are harvested by Jimadores, slowly baked for 4 days, then crushed to extract the Mosto. Fermented by an 80-year old yeast culture, double distilled in Tequilano Pot Stills, aged 6 months in stainless steel then barely filtered and bottled at 110 proof. This exacting and handcrafted process preserves the full mouth feel, texture and viscosity of the estate grown Blue Agave.

Best of Class – Spirits of Mexico

18 Best Tequilas in the World “…surprisingly sippable, with a big floral aroma and herbal flavors that’s perfect for classic cocktails like the margarita”. – Men’s Journal

Alcohol 55% | 110 Proof | 1L
 

Tequila Tapatío
Reposado


With the rising popularity of Tapatio Blanco, we introduced the Reposado to the collection in 2013, to give our fans more ways to enjoy this cult favorite. It has a smooth and rich flavor that can be easily enjoyed on its own or as a fantastic base for a cocktail.

To make our Reposado, Agave Pina's are harvested by Jimadores, slowly baked for 4 days, then crushed to extract the Mosto. Fermented by an 80-year old yeast culture, double distilled in Tequilano Pot Stills, aged 8 months in used Jim Beam American oak barrels then barely filtered and bottled. Only required to be aged for 2 months, we age for 8 months in used bourbon barrels, which draws out notes of caramel, oak and smoke and ends with a smooth finish.

93 Points - “Tapatio’s new expression has intriguingly savory, almost meaty flavors that seem a shame to hide beneath fruit juices”. – Wine Enthusiast

“This is a fine example of a reposado…It’s very subtle and easy to sip, without being over-oaked”. – distiller.com

Alcohol 40% | 80 Proof | 1L
 

Tequila Tapatío
Añejo


We introduced the Añejo to the US at the same time as the Reposado, in 2013. A truly authentic handmade añejo, it is distilled to strength and bottled without dilution to retain the true flavors of the spirit.

To make our Añejo, Agave Pina's are harvested by Jimadores, slowly baked for 4 days, then crushed to extract the Mosto. Fermented by an 80-year old yeast culture, double distilled in Tequilano Pot Stills, aged 18 months in used Jim Beam American oak barrels then barely filtered and bottled. The longer aging evokes floral and peppery aromas, with the cacao and lime zest flavors balanced with a spicy dried chile, all finishing off with warm vanilla tones.

94 Points - “The extra months in oak make this mature tequila far more creamy and rich than its younger siblings. However, the true vegetal flavors of the agave are not overpowered by the milk chocolate (or cocoa), vanilla, cinnamon and clove from the additional contact with oak. Finishes with a subtle peppery spice. This añejo shows 'em how it's done! An amazing value.” – distiller.com

Alcohol 40% | 80 Proof | 1L
 

Tequila Tapatío Excelencia
Extra Añejo, Lot 2


As the legend of Tapatio in the US spread and the range expanded, bartenders & tequila aficionados, who had visited La Alteña Distillery in Mexico, started asking for one other special release, the fabled Excelencia Gran Reserva Extra Añejo, one of the oldest tequilas on the market.

Could we get some for the US? Long story short, we were able to get our first 100-case allocation (Lot 1) in Dec 2013. It quickly sold out. Lot 2 arrived Feb 2016. Distilled in 2000 from 100% Estate grown agave, aged for 5 years in used Excelencia barrels, and an additional 10 years in 5-liter glass jugs. It’s one to enjoy neat, with aromas of caramel and eucalyptus, flavors of sandalwood, baking spices, citrus and herbal notes of sage and thyme.

98 Points – “A superlative sipping tequila that combines elegant wood with rustic, authentic agave flavors; an outstanding spirit”. – Beverage Testing Institute

“Given this is one of the most aged tequilas on the market, it tastes surprisingly vibrant”. – distiller.com

Alcohol 40% | 80 Proof | 1L