Charbay Distillers Launches Iconic Mexican Distiller Carlos Camarena's Ultra-Premium High-Proof Tequila Tapatio Blanco ('B110')

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After introducing his 75-Year old Tequila Tapatio brand to the U.S. market just last year, Master Distiller Carlos Camarena of La Altena Distillery showcases 'The Very Soul of Tequila' with his high-proof Blanco.

Tequila Tapatio 110-Proof Blanco ('B110')

Tequila Tapatio 110-Proof Blanco ('B110')

“B110 has taken its place next to the best tequilas ever produced,” says Tequila aficionado Jimmy Yeager of Jimmy’s in Aspen, CO. (“50 Best Bars in the U.S.”/Food & Wine Magazine).

Ignited by the challenge of releasing a ‘best of class’ tequila at the highest proof allowed by law (110 proof), Carlos Camarena, iconic distiller of Mexico’s 75-year-old Tequila Tapatio brand, has launched a 110-proof Tequila Blanco that is full of fresh agave flavors and uncommonly smooth.

Why a higher proof? Tequila consists of water, alcohol and flavors: reduce the water and you’ve increased the alcohol and flavors. “At 110 proof, more of the subtle top notes of flavor are exposed,” explains Marko Karakasevic, Master Distiller of Charbay Distillers (Tapatio’s U.S. importer). “Tapatio 110-Proof Blanco has huge florals and spicy cinnamon, plus chamomile and rich agave.”

Tapatio 110-Proof Blanco (55% alc. by vol.) is distilled at La Alteña Distillery (where El Tesoro, Tequila Ocho and Charbay Tequila are also distilled) from 100% estate-grown blue agaves in the Arandas Highlands of Mexico using Old-World methods and small-batch distillation that date back to the 1800’s. $48/1 liter CA SRP http://www.charbay.com

“B110 has taken its place next to the best tequilas ever produced,” says Tequila aficionado Jimmy Yeager of Jimmy’s in Aspen, CO. (“50 Best Bars in the U.S.”/Food & Wine Magazine). “The only way anyone would ever know Tapatio B110 was 110 proof is to either read the label or taste it and be astonished by the balance, silky smooth texture and the incredible range of flavors that explode on your palate. High and low notes are present (attributed to the higher proof), that are very rarely experienced in Tequila.”

Under Master Distiller Carlos’ careful watch, the agaves were hand-selected for ripeness and slow-baked for four days. After being shredded and run through a modified sugar cane mill for de-juicing, the agave ‘Mosto’ was fermented in small wooden fermenters using their proprietary 75 year-old yeast culture.

The ‘Mosto Muerte’ (fermented Mosto) was distilled in a stainless Alambique Still, which produces ‘Ordinario.’ Ordinario is then distilled in Copper Alambiques Pot Stills and aged in stainless tanks. Bottled at 110 proof, ‘B110’ raises the bar for Tequila aficionados and opens the door for creating new Tequila cocktails.

Tapatio is a Mexican term for ‘someone from Guadalajara’ (no relation to the hot sauce). Since 1937, the Camarena Family has been distilling Tapatio Tequila from 100% estate-grown blue agaves grown in the Arandas highlands. Tapatio sets the bar for the classic quality and flavor of Tequila that are disappearing in modern Tequilas.

The U.S. Tequila Tapatio collection includes:

Tapatio Blanco - aged for 6 months in stainless steel. $34 (1 Liter bottle) CA SRP

Tapatio Reposado - aged for 8 months in aged oak barrels to bring a hint of sweetness from the wood, without overpowering the spicy agave flavor. $38 (1 Liter bottle) CA SRP

Tapatio Añejo - aged for 18 months in first-fill ex-Bourbon casks. $44 (1 Liter bottle) CA SRP

Tapatio 110-Proof Blanco (‘B110’) - aged for 6 months in stainless steel. $48 (1 Liter bottle) CA SRP

Charbay Distillers is the exclusive US importer of Tequila Tapatio. For national sales information, please contact Bryan Fontana of Charbay Distillers at 707-287-4633. For California wholesale information, please contact Jenni Karakasevic of Marko K Spirits at 707-287-6319.

About Charbay

Charbay is owned and operated by the Karakasevic family. Founder, 12th generation Winemaker & Grand Master Distiller Miles Karakasevic, and his son, Marko Karakasevic (Master Distiller), produce award-winning small-batch spirits distilled in their classical Alambic Charentais Pot Still including whiskey, brandy, rum and grappa, along with whole, fresh-fruit flavored vodkas. They are the first U.S. distillers to distill their own Tequila in Mexico. This family-run business also produces wines, aperitifs, liqueurs and ports made with selections of their 30-year-old library of brandies. Tours of their Napa Valley Still House and Winery are available by appointment. Call 707-963-9327.

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