There’s no better friend sitting at your table at any reunion in Mexico (or anywhere else in the world) than a bottle of tequila! Once you’ve filled your caballito tequila glass (meaning little horse in English) and you’ve toasted to love and life, it pleases your palate, your throat and then all over your body and you are ready to roll and relax.
Fortunately for everyone, throughout the US and Canada there are shops specialized in wines and liquors that distribute various brands of this delicious agave distilled elixir and it can also be found in some supermarkets. While discovering where to buy tequila is hardly a problem in North America, when you travel to Guadalajara a whole new world of possibilities opens up before your eyes. You’ll be just an hour from Tequila Jalisco, the birthplace of tequila.
From the agave landscape to your table
Nothing beats the experience of buying tequila in Tequila Jalisco! 60 minutes from Guadalajara you’ll find the Magical Town of Tequila, known worldwide as the birthplace of blue agave, a succulent plant whose heart encapsulates the essence of the most iconic drink of Mexico.
Right in the heart of Tequila is the famous La Rojeña Factory, which has gone through the necessary adaptations so visitors can enjoy and explore the facilities where Tequila Jose Cuervo is distilled. During the guided tour you will see how the skilled employees of La Rojeña receive the hearts of agave brought from the field, chop them to pieces and put them to roast in huge adobe ovens.
You will learn about how the juices of the agave plant are extracted, its sugars fermented and then distilled in huge copper stills. During your tour of the Jose Cuervo Factory you will have the option of enjoying a tequila tasting guided by true connoisseurs.
Inside the La Rojeña Factory is the Jose Cuervo Store. Here you will find the entire line of tequilas from this house, as well as t-shirts, exclusive jewelry and regional handicrafts. Choose the tequila and the souvenirs that you like the most and take them back home!
Prices of tequilas
The prices of tequilas vary, depending first on whether we are talking about a distilled beverage that is 100% blue agave. The 100% agave tequilas use only the sugars of Tequilana Weber agave plants during the fermentation process.
Another important factor in the determination of the price will be how renowned the factory is, how much care and work they put into each part of their manufacturing process and all the history behind that bottle of tequila that you hold in your hands.
Prices of tequilas and their value also depend on the time that the distilled beverage has been sitting inside a barrel and how the liquid has enriched its taste, aroma and body through its interaction with the wood for months or years. White, reposado, añejo, extra añejo and some exclusive varieties such as Tequila Dobel Diamante are due to this important factor. There is a tequila for every taste and for every budget.
What is the best tequila for me?
The best tequila is the one you like the most! Some people prefer a white tequila, bottled without a process of interaction with a wooden barrel, pure, with certain citrus flavors. There are people who enjoy more the soft wood flavors of a reposado tequila that has been in an oak barrel for less than a year. Other people opt for the elegant sophistication and complexity of an añejo tequila that has aged inside a toasted wood barrel under the strict supervision of a Maestro Tequilero.
It is not just about choosing a type of tequila, but about knowing how to appreciate the process of creating each one and then deciding on a bottle, even if you only like to drink tequila as part of a refreshing cocktail, like a Margarita, a Paloma or a Tequila Sunrise.
All tequilas have their charm, we invite you to enjoy the palette of sensations that this world famous Mexican drink produces in any of the experiences we offer you within Mundo Cuervo.