Espolon

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ESPOLÒN
ESPOLON, blanco and reposado.jpeg
Type Tequila
Manufacturer Distiladora San Nicolas
Country of origin Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico
Introduced 1998
Alcohol by volume 40%
Proof (US) 80
Website TequilaESPOLON.com

Tequila El Espolòn is a brand of tequila from Campari America, the sixth largest spirits company in the United States.[1] The tequila is produced by the San Nicolas Distillery in the Los Altos (Highlands) region of Jalisco, Mexico, famous for its cultivation of agave plants.[2]

Made entirely from blue agave, El Espolòn (or simply, Espolòn) was created by Cirilo Oropeza, and was first produced in 1998. It is currently distributed in Mexico, the United States and select markets elsewhere.

Distillery[edit]

The San Nicolas Distillery is located among the agave plantations of the Jalisco Highlands. San Nicolas is designed to be an artisanal facility, built to Oropeza’s specifications. The distillation process Utilizes American oak barrels, with each agave piña (heart) cooked for 20 – 22 hours and distilled for 5½ hours .

Currently, four marques of Espolòn are Reposado (gold), Blanco (silver), and Añejo (aged) which is finished in bourbon barrels, dubbed El Colorado, the first of its kind.

Branding[edit]

Paying tribute to the "pelea de gallos" or fighting cocks of Spanish American tradition, Espolòn takes its name from the "spur" found on the back of the rooster’s leg. Espolòn's label art features a woodcut illustration created by Steven Noble. There is variation between the artwork used in the brand's domestically and internationally distributed bottles.

Awards[edit]

Blanco

Reposado

  • 2016 International Wine and Spirit Competition: Bronze [5]
  • 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition: Silver [5]
  • 2014 Ultimate Spirits Competition: Finalist [5]
  • 2013 International Wine and Spirit Competition: Silver Outstanding Medal [5]
  • 2012 International Wine and Spirit Competition: Silver [4]
  • 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition: Gold [4]
  • 2010 International Review of Spirits: Gold – 93 Points [4]

Añejo

  • 2015 International Wine and Spirit Competition: Silver [6]
  • 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition: Gold [6]
  • 2015 Ultimate Spirits Competition: Finalist [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Espolon | Campari Corporate
  2. ^ Espolon | Campari Corporate
  3. ^ a b c "Blanco". Espolòn. Retrieved 1 July 2018. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Espolón Tequila - Login Page
  5. ^ a b c d "Reposado". Espolòn. Retrieved 1 July 2018. 
  6. ^ a b c "Añejo". Espolòn.