Master distiller Carlos Camarena at the La Alteña distillery uses only estate-grown blue agave from the Arandas highlands of Jalisco for Tapatio’s 110 Blanco. It displays the vegetal characteristics that are a hallmark of highland Tequilas: Think fresh herbs, shiitake mushrooms, roasted oranges and a touch of sweet cinnamon spice. Handle it like you would an overproof whisky—carefully and with water, soda or, at least, ice.
Domaine Charbay Distillers, Ukiah, CA
This story appears in the print issue of June 2014.
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