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El Jimador 100% Agave Blanco Tequila

el Jimador 100% Agave
Blanco Tequila


By Robert Plotkin

Handcrafted spirits are very much the product of their environment and El Jimador 100% Agave Tequilas are made in one of the most pristine settings in all of Jalisco. Every stage of their production takes place at the beautiful Hacienda San José del Refugio, the Casa Herradura [NOM 1119] Estate located in the lowlands of Amatitán. Founded in 1870, Tequila Herradura is among only a handful of distillers that produce nothing but 100% agave tequilas.

In 1994, Herradura begin developing a new, more affordable range of tequilas, yet one made to the same quality standards for which the famed brand is known. Their efforts resulted in the creation of El Jimador 100% Agave Tequila. The brand was an immediate success and is now the bestselling tequila in Mexico and fourth overall globally.

El Jimador is produced by the same the craftsmen who make Herradura. Mature, estate-grown blue agaves are baked in clay ovens and then slowly fermented with wild airborne yeasts. The fermented wash—called aguamiel—is then distilled twice in large, stainless steel alembic stills and aged in both American and French oak barrels. Both Herradura and El Jimador tequilas are crafted using the same traditional methods of natural fermentation, double distillation and barrel aging—although each process takes longer for Herradura Tequila.

El Jimador Blanco is a sterling example of affordable luxury. Try as you might you're unlikely to find a more exemplary tequila at a more reasonable price. The award-winning blanco is bottled shortly after exiting the still. It has a satiny lightweight body and a bouquet of citrus fruit, anise, cinnamon and dried herbs. The warm entry bathes the palate with spicy, herbal and zesty fruit flavors. The long, dry finish is peppery and absolutely top-notch lowland tequila.

El Jimador Reposado is a skillfully crafted tequila aged 2 months in white oak barrels. It has a pale golden color, an oily textured body and a bouquet of herbs, almonds and pepper. The palate is warm and exuberant with long-lasting citrus, caramel and cinnamon flavors. The lingering finish is thoroughly satisfying. It's easily among the best values in the reposado category.

El Jimador Añejo is matured a year in toasted white oak barrels. The amber-colored tequila has an oily, satiny smooth body and a wafting bouquet of vanilla, black pepper and baking spices. It wastes no time filling the mouth with the always-welcome flavors of honey, caramel and brown sugar. The finish is cool and spicy with a few wisps of smoke.

Look past their unaffected packaging and you'll discover El Jimador tequilas are elegant, value-laded spirits. Why pay more?