Calle 23 Criollo Blanco Tequila

Calle 23 Criollo Blanco Tequila

  • Blanco Tequila
  • Mexico, 700ml

A limited edition expression from the Calle 23 Tequila range. On the nose, cooked agave, pepper, cinnamon, mint, earthy notes and some minerality. To taste, bright and crisp cooked agave with black pepper, cinnamon, citrus, grass, mint and mineral notes. Nice balance of buttery agave sweetness. The texture is thick and oily. The extra alcohol is barely noticeable considering, rather pleasant. The finish is long and complex.

  • Distillery: Calle 23 - IMEX International
  • Type: Blanco
  • Region: Jalisco, Mexico
  • Alcohol: 49.3%
  • Volume: 700ml
  • Goes with: Ice

This special release Blanco is made from Criollo Blue Weber Agave, which are much smaller than their standard cousin and have a higher concentration of sugars. It's also bottled at 49.3% abv, significantly higher than the standard 40%, lending more concentration of flavour and a velvety mouthfeel. Made to celebrate the birth of the founder Sophie Decobecq's first child, it was distilled at Tequila Quiote - NOM 1433 in San Francisco de Asis, in the Los Altos region of Jalisco.

Smack in the middle of the male dominated tequila world is French-born Sophie Decobecq - the owner and master distiller of Calle 23. 

Looking to study fermentation in Mexico while pursuing a dual PhD in biochemistry and engineering in her native France, Sophie contacted the President of the Polytechnics Institute of Mexico City - inadvertently creating what would later become an official international exchange program. During these first 7 months in Mexico City, Sophie visited distilleries in Guadalajara and Tequila throughout the Mexican countryside, developing a passion for the region, the people and the tequila spirit.

Sophie subsequently took her first job consulting for an agave distillery in South Africa, but made her return to Mexico in 2003, propagating a series her own propriety yeast strands from a local farm. In the following years, Sophie established the export company, IMEX International, and started her own project, Calle 23, in Guadalajara.

The excellence of Sophie’s tequilas are emblematic of her background in both biochemistry and fermentation - through using different yeast strains, the Calle 23 trilogy demonstrates the various expressions of agave that is unique in tequila production.

Sophie’s slogan is “Tequila makes us smarter. So, drink smart,” and we couldn’t choose anything more fit for the job than Calle 23.

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