All Hail AgaveTequila has a soul that must be honored. Beneath its long, thick, spiny stems lurks a heart of sugar... patience! It will ripen in seven to ten years. “Embajador Agaves which grow in the highlands of Jalisco ripen in 8 to 10 years. Their growth should not be hurried, for time is all-wise.
The CookingThe Way of the Agave is a traditional art. We honor tradition and do things as they were done of old. Our process begins in the adobe furnace that softens the plant’s fibers and transforms its starches into sugars. The agave is then heated for 30 hours and left to rest for another 12.
We honor tradition and also embrace modern cooking methods. We do things as they were done of old by cooking a portion of our Agave in the adobe brick oven. We also keep up with the times and cook another portion of our Agaves in an Autoclave. At the end of the cooking cycles the pina fibers are softened and the starches are transformed into sugars.
The MashOnce cooked, our Agave is passed through a shredder to separate the coarse fibers, then through rollers to squeeze out its sweet juice. To facilitate the process and extract the last drop of nectar, water is injected through the mash at high pressure.
Fermentation & DistillationThe extracted juice is placed in vats where the process of fermentation begins. Embajador devotes from three to five days to this step, so as to attain the proper body and quality.
When this natural chemical process is complete, the mash is prepared for the first, or “ordinal” distillation. This is followed by a second distillation to purify the spirit into premium white tequila.
Storage & AgingWith the distillation complete and the base tequila ready, the liquid is set aside to age. Embajador Tequila’s cellar can accommodate 1,600 barrels (200,000 liters).
While the Blanco (white) tequila may be bottled as is, we take an extra step. Embajador Platinum Blanco is rested in stainless steel vats up to 40 days before bottling for a complete development of character.
Reposados ("rested") are aged a minimum of two months, but less than a year. Embajador Premium Reposado is aged for a period of eight months in two types of American Oak barrels.
Añejos are aged a minimum of one year, but less than three years. Embajador Supreme Añejo is double barrel aged with devotion for one year and six months in Kentucky Bourbon & Tennessee Whiskey American Oak barrels.
Extra Añejos are aged for a minimum of three years. Our Gran Embajador is double barrel aged in Maker's Mark and Jack Daniels American Oak Whiskey barrels for a minimum of 36 months. Its elegance awaits to reveal its grand exquisiteness and character.