We just can’t seem to tear ourselves away from the town of Tequila, the Pueblo Magico that anchors the Ruta del Tequila in Mexico which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Today: touring the Jose Cuervo tequila distillery.
Touring the Jose Cuervo tequila distillery in Mexico
The Jose Cuervo distillery in the town of Tequila, Mexico is so big they simply refer to it as Mundo Cuervo (Cuervo World).
A highlight of our guided tour of Mundo Cuervo was tasting a super-aged Jose Cuervo tequila called Reserva de la Familia in La Cava de la Reserva de la Familia. 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. Delicious!
Our top tequila tip
We learned a lot of things during our guided tour of Mundo Cuervo. Most importantly, we learned to NEVER drink the Jose Cuervo yellow label tequila you may remember (unfondly) from college. That’s because it’s not 100% agave but contains a lot of sugar instead – that it’s the sugar that makes you hate yourself in the morning.
From Jose Cuervo to local tequila artesans
After getting the grand tour of Mundo Cuervo our friend Mike took us to his favorite micro producer, tiny Columpio Distillery, for a look at the artesanal tequila making.
Things are done on a different scale at the family run Columpio Distillery where they cook their agave over a wood fire in the oven, shown below, as opposed to steaming it as the larger distilleries do. This gives Columpio tequila a distinctive smoky smell and flavor.