My stepson Jeff and his wife Debbie are visiting so we hired Miguel (of round pyramid fame) to drive us to Amatitan (near Tequila) for a Herradura tequila distillery tour. Thought you might find the very complicated process interesting, from countryside on the way to the final tasting. The final bottle they sampled was a $500 a bottle premium bottle. Egah! I was on antibiotics so couldn’t sample.
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Extinct volcanos dotted the scenery on the way to Amatitan andTequila.
Blue agave by side of road.
Countryside on the way to tequila country.
Welcome to Herradura
These residences on the property have housed the families of workers for hundreds of years. Some of the descendants of original workers in the distillery still live here.
It is a good idea to look down while walking on cobblestones.
Every establishment needs a resident cat.
I’m not sure whether this was a joke or meant to be taken literally. Since the bottles can only be washed out with tequila, the tequila that is used for such perposes is used as fuel in other parts of the process, so perhaps it really can be used as automobile fuel as well. The guide didn’t think so, but had never noticed this sign either, so who knows?
Chopping the spines off the agave.
Agave bundles are put into the kilns to steam.
Chewed smoked agave. Very sweet.
Vats for aing the agave brew.
Pipes for the distilling process
heating and cooling coils.
Three stages of tequila
Those who buy a $15,000 keg get to sign these kegs in the wall of the old distillery.
All lined up for the tasting.
We learn the right way to “appreciate” tequila
Premium tequila, $500 a bottle.
Jeff sniffs the bouquet.
Debbie checks the legs of the $500 a bottle tequila.
And tastes, and likes!!!