Still Soaking Up Tequila – Ruta del Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico

We just can’t seem to tear ourselves away from Santiago de Tequila, the Pueblo Magico that anchors the Ruta del Tequila in Jalisco, Mexico- itself a UNESCO World Hertiage Site. So, here are some more pictures from Tequila including our visit to the massive Jose Cuervo distillery which is so big that they simply refer to it as Mundo Cuervo (Cuervo World). We learned to NEVER drink the yellow label junk and tasted a super-aged tequila that we will never, ever forget (or be able to afford). Then we visited the tiny Columpio distillery for a look at the other extreme of tequila making.

The Jose Cuervo Crow.  In case you hadn’t figured it out, cuervo means crow in Spanish.

The Jose Cuervo crow. In case you hadn’t figured it out, cuervo means crow in Spanish.

La Cava de la Reserva de la Familia holds the cream of the crop at Cuerco.  This is where the Family de la Reserva lable is aged in oak barrels.  Additionally, the Cava holds some REALLY old Tequila, part of the families private stash.

La Cava de la Reserva de la Familia holds the cream of the crop at the Jose Cuervo distillery. This is where the delicious Reserva de la Familia tequila is aged in oak barrels. This stuff tastes more like cognac than tequila (you even drink it out of snifters) and costs as much too.

A Jimador makes the not so easy job od harvesting the agave look easy.

A jimador makes the not-so-easy job of harvesting the blue agave look easy.

Fields of agave surround the town of Tequila.

Fields of blue agave surround the town of Tequila.

Things are on a different scale at the small, basic Columpio distillery.  They even cook there agave with fire in the oven shown here, as opposed to steam at the larger distilleries.  This leads to a completely different smell and flavor to the tequila.

Things are done on a different scale at the family run Columpio distillery where they cook their agave with fire in the oven shown here, as opposed to steaming it as the larger distilleries do. This gives Columpio tequila a distinctive smoky, firey smell and flavor.

The stills at the Columpio distillery are just a tad more rustic than those at Herradura or Cuervo.

The stills at the Columpio distillery are just a tad more rustic than those at Herradura or Jose Cuervo…

Our host in Tequila, Mike, sampling the goods at the Columpio distillery, straight out of the plastic 5 liter bottle.  Hurts so good.

Mike, our host in Tequila, sampling the goods at the Columpio distillery straight out of a plastic five liter bottle. Hurts so good!

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Tequila in Tequila – Ruta del Tequila, Mexico

We wandered around the trapped-in-time town of Santiago de Tequila, exploring this Pueblo Magico and UNESCO World Heritage Site region and going on a tour of the Casa Herradura tequila destillery. It’s all in a day’s work on the Ruta del Tequila in Jalisco, Mexico.

A barrel or a bus?

A barrel or a bus? Tourist transport in Tequila.

A real barrel filled with Tequila at Casa Herradura

A barrel filled with tequila at Casa Herradura.

The heart or pineapple of the Blue Agave is what is processed to make Tequila

The heart or “pineapple” of the blue agave is what is steamed and juiced to make Tequila.

 

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Traveling and Tasting – Ruta del Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico

After a week of catching up on work and traveling around to check out two boutique hotels (Clarum 101 and Villa Ganz, both part of the Mexico Boutique Hotels group) we finally left Guadalajara. On our way out we stopped off in the suburb of Tlaquepaque to have lunch at Mariscos el Social.  If you ever happen to find yourself in Guadalajara don’t miss this seafood restaurant which serves up ginormous portions of amazing ceviche for only 55 pesos (less than US$4), and many other wonderful seafood dishes. Then it was on to the Ruta del Tequila in Jalisco to find something delicious Mexican booze to wash it down with.

Looks like we are heading in the right direction.  yes, there is really a town called Tequila.

Looks like we’re headed in the right direction. Yes, there is really a town called Tequila.

After that we headed off to the nearby town of Tequila, passing fields of blue agave which is the essential ingredient of the famous nectar named after the town.  Tasting tour tomorrow!

Blue Agave, the essential ingredient in Tequila covers the fields around the town of Tequila.

Blue agave, the essential ingredient in tequila, covers the fields around the town of Tequila.

Ruta De Tequila

Ruta del Tequila.

 

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