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Tequila Distillery Visit: Don Julio

In November I visited seven tequila distilleries in Mexico. Here are some pictures and notes from my visit to the Don Julio distillery in the town of Atotonilco.

Cutting agave tequila don julio distillery_tn
(Cutting up the pinas before baking.)

Agave pinas tequila don julio distillery_tn
(Now when I see pinas, I get thirsty.)

Fermenting agave juice tequila don julio distillery_tn
(Fermenting agave.)

Stainless stills with copper inside tequila don julio distillery_tn
(Stainless steel pot stills.)

Our team's shots luxury drop contest tequila don julio distillery_tn
(We had a cocktail contest after the distillery visit. My team of writers won, of course.)

  • Don Julio uses all estate-grown agaves
  • Has a widerspacing between agaves than average
  • They have 18 furnaces, each of which holds 25 tons
  • Fermentation takes 24-30 hours
  • Their agave is larger than industry standards, with a higher sugar content
  • Inside the stainless steel stills is a copper coil
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