Blanco 'Tequiliana Weber - Azul', Caballito Cerrero
Caballlito Cerrero has a following amongst Tequila aficionados worldwide, and the true die-hards that visit Guadalajara search high and low for these bottlings. 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 of which he was a founding partner. In 2018, the family made the decision to cease calling their product tequila in order to respect the agave growing traditions within the Amatitán region, where Caballito Cerrero is made. The Jimenez family maintains absolute respect for a 100% agave product, using only mature agaves from the Amatitán region, including both Blue Weber agave and other Agave 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 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, and milled with a stone tahona. 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 the most highly rated Tequila producer in Jalisco without the actual word “Tequila” on the label.