Kelly's 2012 Mexico Tequila Tour

March 10 - T1 and Fortaleza distilleries

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This morning before heading to distilleries we had some time. Since the museums were closed last the last time I stopped by, this was a perfect opportunity to see what I could. The National Tequila Museum was quite interesting, though pretty basic. As you'll see though, I have some translation to do before I can read what was posted. Fortunately the Internet is good at these sorts of things!

The distillery where T1 is made also makes a variety other tequilas. There were many pallets of different brands ready to ship. While it looks smaller than some places, I think it's just more compact. It's main building too looks more like a canopy than an enclosed building. But they have quite a few fermentation tanks, so their volume is clearly quite high.

German Gonzales, the master distiller of T1, is quite accomplished. He's also been the master distiller of Chinaco, another excellent brand. He tends to use selected used barrels that have been used for wine and other spirits. Unlike many distillers who just employ used Jack Daniel's barrels to save cost, German knows what he's working with and makes some really amazing tequilas.

He's also a great guy, and a spectacular host! The food he had brought in was amazing. We had so much fun there that we were VERY late getting to Fortaleza. This was kind of a problem for two reasons- First, the head of Fortaleza had places to be, and those running the tour had commissioned a specific caterer to bring food in. The latter was more of a problem- We arrived so late and so full that we didn't eat much of her food. But the head of Fortaleza stuck around, told us all the story of Sauza, his family, and the evolution of his distillery.

All this took place in the underground bar/club, with a guitarist/singer. We were joined by German from T1 (who also brought a bottle of his own tequila) and Emilio from El Buho. Emilio was persuaded to join the guitarist and sing, and he even wound up replacing the singer/guitarist for awhile. He was great!


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