2. Tequila as an alcoholic beverage : Agave fields and barils
Visiting tequila without checking out the agave fields and at least 1 tequila distillery sounds like coming to Louisville and not trying our bourbon, crazy! And if you don’t like tequila, don’t worry about it. Observing the blue agave fields is a show in itself and the beauty of the landscapes is incomparable.
We visited Jose Cuervo without doing the tour. The place is beautiful and everybody told us they have an amazing tour from Guadalajara aboard a train. I think we’ll try it next time if we have the occasion.
The tour we did was LA RIENDA and was incredibly insightful. The process of tequila making is simple :
- Harvesting the piñas
- Cooking them in huge ovens
- Fermentation in big pools
- Aging ( we tried 4 types : Blanco, Reposado, Añejo, extra añejo)
Fermentation and distillation
Aging and Bottling
I think all tours are very similar and I have only tested this one, so I can’t really recommend one over the other. But the tour in LA RIENDA felt nice, we had a small group and saw everything we wanted to see : the fields, the distillery and a nice tequila tasting.
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