This blanco or “silver” tequila was 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 the Jalisco region that still makes tequila.
The Orendain brothers 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. 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. Delicate and smooth enough to drink slightly chilled. Versatile enough to make killer margaritas or any tequila-forward cocktail.
Like its namesake, we think of it as our workhorse tequila.
TIP OF THE TONGUE
While this tequila is good enough to sip straight or on the rocks, it especially shines in a Ginger Margarita: Combine 1.5 oz of Blanco Tequila with 1 oz of Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur, 1 oz of fresh lime juice, and 0.75 oz of agave syrup in a shaker or a rocks glass filled half-way with ice. Give it a shake or stir. Garnish with a lime wheel.
40% alcohol by volume. Comes in a 1 liter bottle.