On this very special edition of The Tequila Whisperer Show, Lippy sits down with Carlos Camarena, Master Distiller of El Tesoro, Tapatio, Ocho, Excellia and more! Unable to stop grinning the entire time, Th’ Lip fulfills a personal goal of hosting Sr. Camarena in the Man-Cave.
Get out your pencils & paper because you WILL want to take notes. Carlos covers topics as diverse as how close to “shave” an agave pina to “swimming” in the fermentation tanks (a Lippy fantasy). All of your questions about the different brands that Carlos creates are answered, and if not, there is information about how to reach Carlos and ask him yourself! It’s a “Tequila Creation 101” Master Class and the tuition is Free!
Lippy was elated to finally sip from his “Original Gangsta’” bottle of El Tesoro blanco (circa 1985!) with the man who made it. This particular bottle is your Tequila Whisperer’s all-time favorite tequila, so it was a privilege to be able to finish the bottle with Carlos and talk about its particular characteristics. Sr. Camarena also covers the process of distillation and reveals the secrets of how he ages his tequilas – a particularly stellar talent which raises his tequilas above and beyond most other products on the market. You’ll also learn about the provenance of the masterful “El Tesoro 70th Anniversario” 7-year extra anejo, and even hear about a possible 75th Anniversary bottling of some “forgotten” tequila currently aging somewhere in Carlos’ barrel room. Oh, to be able to walk through that room with a mallet, chisel, and a glass!
It’s all here for the taking, Friends! Enjoy this in-depth interview with one of the world’s great Master Distillers; Carlos Camarena!
NOM: 1139, 1474
AGAVE SOURCE: HIGHLANDS – The Camarena Estate Agave Fields