Arette Tequila is a winner.
The company is named after Arette, a famous Mexican-bred horse that won the gold medal in equestrian jumping at the 1948 London Olympics. Eduardo and Jaime Orendain, fifth-generation makers, have been producing Arette at the infamous El Llano distillery since 1986, but its roots stretch back to the early 1900s, making it one of the oldest distilleries in Mexico’s Jalisco region (southwestern Mexico) that still makes tequila.
We first met the Orendain brothers through their Blanco Tequila – which is one of the most delicate and smooth tequilas we’ve ever sipped. Seriously, their tequila is muy suave.
The Orendains rely on time-honored, artisanal production methods and use only 100% estate-grown agave that’s cultivated on the outskirts of the town of Tequila (yes, there is such a place, and yes, that’s where it was born). Their agave’s high fiber content and relatively low water content helps produce a more full-bodied spirit that brings to the palate a wide range of floral, herbal and citrus notes, not to mention classic features of salt, smoke and black pepper.
One thing’s for sure – we’d give this Arette a gold medal too.