Kelly's 2012 Mexico Tequila Tour

March 08 - Cava de Oro & Don Valente distilleries

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Oh, look! Another treat to this hotel- no hot water in the shower. Nothing like bathing in what felt to be snow melt!

Once dried, dressed and warm again, it was time for a liesurely search for baked goods and gatorade to stabilize system. After breakfast it was back onto the bus to head to the Cava de Oro distillery. A small operation, yet when in full production puts out 2000 litres of tequila a DAY! They have one stone oven, and are building two more. While all brands of the tequilas they make are WAY too sweet for my tastes, they were VERY nice people, and provided us not only with tastings, but made an excellent BBQ lunch of chorizo, carne asada, roasted onions and stuffed peppers, quesadillas. It was a wonderful time!

After that visit, we stopped for a short time at the Don Valente distillery. It's a very small production as well, most of which outside. Think of a pole-barn with a roof and no sides. I tried their mixto tequila as well as retasting the regular ones I'd tried. Their store/showroom has two big barrels. You can bring an empty container and fill it up from these barrels! The people there were refilling those barrels when we were there.

Back in Tequila at the hotel, I managed to upload some photos, found a nice dinner, had some ice cream. While I'm nowhere near fluent in Spanish, I do know a little. One can't grow up in Los Angeles without picking some up. It occurred that ice cream might be a "binder" and stabilize my insides. So I wandered to a little place, and managed to let them know that I wanted ice cream and not sorbet, in Spanish, no less!



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Field looks
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Cava de Oro
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BIG bottles
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Distillery
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Concrete
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Making two
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Some of the
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