Blanco 'Tequiliana Weber - Azul', Caballito Cerrero
Caballlito Cerrero has a cult-like following among tequila aficionados worldwide. The brand, whose mantra states “El que no necesita Herraduras” (or, “the one that does not require horseshoes”) was created in 1950, by Don Alfonso Jimenez Rosales when he separated from Tequila Herradura – a company he co-founded. In 2018, the family made the decision to cease calling their product tequila, in defiance of the industrialization of the category, and to respect the agave distillation traditions within the Amatitán region where Caballito Cerrero is made. The Jimenez family uses only mature agave, including both Azul, or Blue Weber (A. tequilana) and other varieties such as Chato (A. angustifolia), just as their ancestors have for fifteen generations.
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Though not technically certified as either tequila or mezcal, this may be as close as we come today to the unique spirit that made ‘Vino de Mezcal de Tequila’ famous in the late 19thCentury. The second exported batch from the legendary Santa Rita Fabrica uses 100% Agave Azul (Agave tequilana), also known as Blue Weber, the only variety certified by the CRT for use in modern tequila. Agave hearts are cooked in the same historic brick ovens the family has used since 1873. Released only as a Plata, or Silver, under the designation Destilado de Agave, this bottle is both delicious and historic. One taste reveals why this distillery is consistently among the most highly rated tequila producers in Jalisco without bearing the actual word “tequila” on their label.