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For more than 125 years, El Mayor has been produced by the Gonzalez family-owned distillery Destiladora Gonzãlez Gonzãlez (NOM 1143). Today it's produced by Third Generation Master Distiller Rodolfo Gonzãlez.
The agave is grown on the Gonzãlez family-owned estate, in the Highlands of Jalisco. It's planted following the families tradition that guide the planting and cultivating of the plants. Each plant is allowed to mature for eight to ten years depending on the individual plant.
After harvesting by the jimador agave pina is transported out of the fields by donkey. The pinas are cooked for 16 hours in Stainless Steel ovens, and then pressed with a modern millstone. The juice from the roasted pinas is then fermented with yeast unique to the Gonzãlez family. El Mayor is double distilled in copper lined stainless steel pot stills. Before any batch of El Mayor tequila reaches a bottle it is personally tasted and approved by tequila master Rodolfo Gonzãlez as well as a panel of Maestros Tequileros. Once approved the blanco is bottled un-aged in a custom decanter-style bottle. Each bottle is hand labeled and individually numbered.
Tasting from a Riedel Ouverture Tequila Glass from bottle #10 of batch #571. It is crystal clear, with fat wide spaced slow moving legs. The nose is mild agave and faintly floral.The mouth feel is smooth and thin with a slight alcohol burn. The initial taste of cooked agave, mildly sweet. The agave flavors grow slightly then fade away. The aftertaste is floral with a nice mild burn. El Mayor Tequila Blanco is smooth, and sippable. It's won many awards and, for the quality, is priced low at $30. The bottle is unique. Unfortunately the tequila is not quite unique enough to live up to its name. I recommend you try El Mayor Tequila Blanco, if you enjoy smooth tequilas with mild agave flavor.
Review sources and additional information:
- El Mayor Official site
- El Mayor Tequila facebook Page
- Luxco Inc. - El Mayor Press Kit
- Tequila.net reviews - El Mayor Tequila Blanco
- Wikipedia.org - Tequila History