Charbay Distillery Adds Anejo and Reposado to Cult Tequila Tapatio U.S. Collection
Tequila aficionados will be pleased to learn that the full collection (Blanco, Anejo and Reposado) of master distiller Carlos Camarena’s 75-year old brand, Tapatio, is now available in the United States for the first time.
‘Tapatio’ means “someone from Guadalajara.” Since 1937, the Carlos Camarena family has been distilling 100 percent estate-grown blue agaves from the Arandas highlands. Through the family’s use of Old-World methods and small-batch distillation that date back to the 1800’s, Tapatio sets the bar for the classic quality and flavor of tequila that is disappearing in modern Tequilas.
“Everything is made by hand (and by heart) so we can control the quality of the final product in this process,” explains master distiller Carlos Camarena.
Under Camarena’s careful watch, the agaves are hand-selected for ripeness and slow-baked for four days. After being gently crushed, the agave ‘Mosto’ is fermented in small wooden fermenters using their proprietary 75 year-old yeast culture. The ‘Mosto Muerte’ is then double-distilled in small (90 to 250 gallon) Alambiques Tequilano copper pot stills.
Tapatio Blanco is aged for six months in stainless steel. The suggested retail price is $34 for a 1-liter bottle.
Tapatio Reposado is aged for approximately eight months in oak barrels to bring in a hint of sweetness from the wood, without overpowering the spicy agave flavor. The duggested retail price is $38 for a 1-liter bottle.
Tapatio Añejo is aged around 18 months in first-fill ex-Bourbon casks. The suggested retail price is $44 for a 1-liter bottle.
Charbay Distillers is the exclusive U.S. importer.
Tequila Tapatio is now available across the United States, with expected availability in New York as of March 15. For national sales information, please contact Bryan Fontana of Charbay Distillers at 707-287-4633 or Bryan@charbay.com.
For California wholesale orders, please contact Jenni Karakasevic of Marko K Spirits at 707-287-6319 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charbay is owned and operated by the Karakasevic family. Founder, 12th generation winemaker and grand master distiller Miles Karakasevic, and his son, Marko, produce award-winning small-batch spirits distilled in their classical Alambic Charentais Pot Still including whiskey, brandy, rum and grappa, along with whole, fresh-fruit flavored vodkas. The family also produces wines, aperitifs, liqueurs and ports made with selections of their 30-year-old library of brandies. Still House tours of their Napa Valley winery are available by appointment. Call 707-963-9327.