It has been said that in Chihuahua there is no green and burgeoning Eden; that it is a kingdom of yellowing plains -- eroded, dry, and desolate; a land of high, rugged mountains shot through with narrow passes. The sparse and torrential rain, when it falls, leaves stagnant pools in the desert bowls, which later evaporate or hurl themselves down among the rocky canyons. The sun blisters and cracks, the wind burns, the winter scourges. The inhabitants of Chihuahua throughout the ages, whether miners, farmers, or priests, have always been warriors. And this is because their environment has demanded of them a little more than their best efforts, not just in terms of courage, but tenacity of spirit and strength of character.
Tequila is a spirit made from at least 50% Blue Weber Agave (A. Tequiliana). However, high quality Tequilas should be produced using 100% Blue Weber. Most Tequila is produced in the state of Jalisco. While production processes vary between brands, most Tequilas are produced using a modernized process when compared to other Mexican spirits, such as mezcal and sotol. Jalisco / Limited municipalities in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamualipas.
Made from various species of the Agave plant. Although mezcal is traditionally a term used to describe all agave spirits, under modern laws, the term "mezcal" can only be used if the product is made in one of nine states in Mexico that are sanctioned under the Denominación de Origen. Most mezcal producers employ production methods that are non-industrial and require extensive manual labor. Oaxaca / Durango / Guanajuato / Guerrero / San Luis Potosí / Tamaulipas / Zacatecas / Michoacán / Puebla
Mexican spirit made from several species of the Dasylrion genus of plants that grow mostly in north-central Mexico, into the southern U.S. states of Texas and New Mexico. Sotol producers employ many of the same traditional methods as mezcal producers, although there are very few remaining sotol producers due to longstanding persecution. Chihuahua / Durango / Coahuila
Bacanora is an agave spirit with a Denominación de Origen in the northern Mexican state of Sonora. The spirit it is made using traditional methods, primarily from the agave Angustifolia var Pacifica (an Espadín variation growing in Sonora). Sonora
Charanda is an alcoholic spirit derived from sugarcane, similar to rum, typically associated with the central portion of the State of Michoacán in Mexico, particularly the Purépecha-populated areas in the vicinity of the prominently agricultural City of Uruapan. Michoacán
Raicilla is a spirit distilled from the agave plant, like Tequila and Mezcal. Originating in the south western portion of the Mexican state of Jalisco, traditionally raicilla has been created and sold without government approval, as the state of Jalisco was designated under Mexican laws for "Tequila" production only. Raicilla is essentially mezcal that does fall under the Denominación de Origen. The most common agaves species used to produce Raicilla include: Angustifolia; Maximiliana; Inaequidens; and Rhodacantha. Jalisco
Under the Designation of Origin for Sotol enacted in 2004, producers in only three states can market their products as Sotol: Durango, Coahuila, and Chihuahua. Despite having nearly the largest land area within its DO compared to Mezcal and Tequila, the Sotol category has an extremely low number of brands and producers as a result of laws prohibiting its production and years of persecution against sotol producers.
(land area in hectares):
Sotol: 52.4 million
Mezcal: 50 million
(limited municipalities in 9 states)
Tequila: 11 million
(limited municipalities in 5 states)
Scotch: 8 million
Cognac: 1.1 million
Joaquín Garcia Bustillos
Ramón Rene Guzman Martinez
Marco Antonio Perez Mendez
Guillermo Valenzuela Valenzuela
Timoteo Nevarez Bustillos
38 states of distribution since launch in 2015
Sotol is a versatile base spirit in crafting cocktails. With more character than tequila and higher herbal aromatics than mezcal, sotol is useful in a wide variety of cocktail applications.