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DISTILLED AND BOTLLED IN VALLE DE GUADALUPE, JALISCO, MEXICO

La Gritona Reposado is a subtle and distinctive 100% blue agave tequila distilled by Melly Barajas at her small distillery (NOM 1533) in Valle de Guadalupe in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. We begin with 9-10 year old mature agave grown in the iron-rich red soil of the Jalisco highlands that has been cultivated at the height of it’s sugar production and is put into ovens within 24 hours of being cut.

Our agave is steam cooked in one thick-walled earthen oven for 24 hours and then allowed to rest for another 24 hours before crushing. The collected liquid is naturally fermented in open steel vats at a rate that is dictated by the local air temperature. Once it starts to swim, we distill our nascent silver twice. We rest the distilled silver in reused American whiskey barrels (Jack Daniels) for 8 months before filtering and bottling.

We char our barrels very lightly if necessary and we allow the barrels to be used for other rested tequilas prior to our resting period so that the residual oak, the residual whiskey, and the leached color from both can be as stunted as possible while our reposado ages. We do not use copper stills or a tahona, and we do not diffuse or use an autoclave. Our agave is crushed with steel shredders after cooking and we distill our liquid in steel stills. Every step of production takes place under one roof and our facility is overseen by a small staff of local women that work each process from start to finish.

We currently bottle an average of 12,500 liters per batch. All of the agave remnants that are left over after production are given to local farmers to use as cattle feed. Our bottles are hand blown with recycled Mexican glass in the Guadalajara municipality of Tonolá, an hour away from the distillery.

When people ask us to describe La Gritona, we find that it is difficult to categorize and to compare to other reposados.

La Gritona is light on sweetness and retains the aroma and true essence of the plant from which it was distilled. Though La Gritona reposado has rested for 8 months in oak, the taste is herbaceous, with agave notes that have not been “whiskified” by the barreling process. It is a very vegetal tequila, without the notes of oak, pepper, vanilla or dulce de leche that can be associated with a highland reposado. It retains the crisp qualities reminiscent of an excellent silver tequila while still expressing subtle signs of Melly’s deliberate, careful aging. The finish is extremely round with no burn. We recommend it straight with no ice, lime, salt, or mixer. It’s best when paired it with a nice cold Mexican lager or pilsner.

At the moment in the USA, La Gritona is available to the public in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming. Florida, Louisiana and Minnesota are coming on board by winter. If you are a distributor in a state that currently doesn’t carry La Gritona, and are interested in carrying us in your state, please reach out! If you are from outside California and are interested in purchasing a bottle of La Gritona please contact us and we will make our best effort point you in the right direction. We only make reposado tequila. It is available in 750ml and 375ml bottles and is now also available to international importers and distributors in 700ml and 350ml bottles.

To inquire about distributing La Gritona in your U.S. state, please reach out to out importer, T. Edward Wines or contact us directly.

Internationally, La Gritona is available in Australia through Bibendum Wines, and in Taiwan through Alley Cat’s Pizza. Please see Distro pages for distributors.

Email any inquiries regarding La Gritona Reposado to andy@lagritona.com

Thank you BRANDON HARMAN  and ATIBA JEFFERSON for so many of the wonderful photos on this site.