A traditional symbol of goodwill and prosperity, the tepozán tree provides a safe haven to butterflies across Central Mexico. After more than 25 years spent carefully farming his own estate agave, maestro tequilero Carlos Padilla built and named his fabrica (distillery) Tepozán, after this delicate marriage of flora and fauna, determined to make a tequila of impeccable integrity and quality that walked a similar balancing act of its own.
Tepozán Tequila uses single-estate agave, grown with organic methods. Don Carlos’s agave is harvested by hand, cooked and milled, and then fermented using wild, ambient local yeasts and well water from a deep volcanic spring located a quarter mile beneath the estate. Certified by Tequila Matchmaker as 100% Additive Free, the resulting “low intervention” tequila is at once quite modern in approach and deeply traditional in method.
Created in collaboration with restaurateurs Matthew Hechter and Christopher Brandon, the brand also features distinctive design work by the esteemed Mexico City graphic group, Brutal, which presents the indigenous Nahuatl mythology of the tepozán tree and the goddess Xochiquetzal through a distinctly modernist lens.