Tequila Calle 23 'Criollo' Blanco (98.6 proof)
Item Number: 12092
Sub Region: Jalisco
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 100% Blue Agave Tequilana Weber
Type: Spirits - Tequila
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Closure: T Top
Alc by Vol(%): 49.3
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Calle 23 'Criollo' Blanco is a limited edition, exceptional tequila. In addition to its unique and distinctive profile, it also represents a special announcement for the producer: the arrival of her first child.
The liquid is bottled at a higher strength than usual. Sophie’s preferred strength – decided by blind-tasting, of course – was 49%, but as the water was added little by little during the dilution phase the tequila tasted so good at 49.3% that she stopped there. It is recommended to serve the tequila in a glass that will allow the liquid to open and discover its aromatic character.
Inspiration: From visits to the agave fields of Los Altos (the highlands of Jalisco), Sophie had noticed plants known as criollos. Criollos are a type of blue agave that remains at a smaller size even when fully mature; they are occasionally in whole fields, occasionally just in part of a field, and are usually just combined with the rest of the crop. Watching them being harvested she discovered they have a distinctive aroma and are sticky to the touch, indicating high sugar content. Immediately the idea of a tequila made exclusively from criollos came to mind, which she wrote down in her notebook.
This was all but forgotten until a couple of years ago when she became pregnant with her son. Wanting to mark the occasion with a special tequila to celebrate, she began rifling through her notebook where – among ideas for yeasts, cooking methods and aging – she remembered the blue agave criollos and the idea of a tequila made only using these special plants. There was some difficulty in convincing her team that this was a good thing to do – or even whether it would be any different – so, characteristically, Sophie did a blind tasting of blue agave alongside criollo blue agave. That was enough to persuade the doubters. Calle 23 Criollo was born: a single batch, utterly unique, one-off tequila.
Bottle Design & Artwork: The bottle is hand blown and individually numbered. Rose Guerrero's artwork is rich in Mexican symbols and imagery. Sophie asked Rose to draw a design that captures Mexican tequila culture. The blue agave and the smaller criollo are on one side; a snake (important symbol in Mexican culture) carries a penca stolen from the latter; a rose (the artist's name) nestles alongside another important Mexican symbol, the skull; a swallow (symbolizing new arrivals) carries an image of Mayahuel (the goddess of agave) on her wings and wears a necklace announcing the two arrivals: an agave for Calle 23 Criollo and the letter A for Abel, Sophie's son. Framed by all these images is an old street sign, with a shabby charm, representative of the sign Sophie saw in the old town of Guadalajara that influenced the name of her company.