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Herradura Silver 100% Agave Tequila

Herradura Silver
100% Agave Tequila


By Robert Plotkin

America's fascination with tequilas can be traced back to in the early '50s when Hollywood icons Bing Crosby and Phil Harris imported Herradura Silver 100% Agave Tequila into the States making it the first tequila puro available in the U.S. To this day the distinguished brand remains one of the category's preeminent brands.

Founded in 1870, Tequila Herradura is among only a handful of distillers that produce nothing but 100% agave tequila. Every stage of its production takes place on the Herradura Estate—Hacienda San José del Refugio—in the lowlands of Amatitán. Herradura crafts its tequila using many of the same techniques perfected more than a century ago. Mature, estate-grown blue agaves are baked in clay ovens for 26 hours and then slowly fermented with wild airborne yeasts. Herradura tequilas are double-distilled in large, stainless steel alembic stills and aged in both American oak barrels.

Herradura Silver is an excellent example of what mankind is capable of achieving with a few alembic stills and an estate full of mature blue agaves. It has a straw-colored hue, which is the result of it being aged in oak for 45 days. The tequila has a velvety medium-weight body and a cinnamon, dried herbs and orange peel nose and quickly bathes the palate with spicy, peppery flavors before tapering to an herbal, medium length finish. It makes a marvelous introduction to the joys of sipping silver tequila.

First imported into the United States in 1974, Herradura Reposado was the first reposado tequila available in the American market. It is aged in oak barrels for 11 months during which it gains a light amber hue, an oily medium-weight body and a generous bouquet of caramel, vanilla and green peppers. Its palate is lavishly endowed with citrus and vegetal flavors. The finish is delightfully long, warm and spicy.

Elegant and luxurious, Herradura Añejo is the Coup de Ville of Amatitán. Introduced in 1963, the tequila is barrel aged 25 month and has a rich amber color and an oily, substantial body. It's brimming with the aromas and flavors of pepper, vanilla, apples and toasted oak. The finish is long and remarkably delectable.

Herradura Selección Suprema was the first tequila to bear the designation Extra Añejo on its label and likely the first extended age tequila Americans had ever experienced…and it was good. Introduced in 1995 in honor of the company's 125th anniversary, Herradura's present to mankind is a masterpiece handcrafted from estate-grown agaves and aged 49-months in select American white oak barrels. Production of Selección Suprema is limited to less than 2000 bottles a year.

Scarcity and demand doesn't begin to explain the tequila's intrinsic value. With its wafting floral bouquet and bakery-fresh flavors, Herradura's extra añejo is a celebration of style, an homage to the terroir of Amatitán. Appropriately enough, Selección Suprema is presented in an individually numbered decanter.