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In 1922 in Arandas, Mexico, Don Jose Maria Bañuelos looked out his window at the rolling hills of blue agave. What he saw, amidst the red clay and tall blue agave, was a deer, standing bravely in the center of the field. Something about the prideful, confident beauty of the stag struck a nerve with Don Jose — it was the perfect symbol for his new recipe for a smooth yet bold, highland tequila. Naturally, that tequila was named Cazadores — or, the hunters.
After Don Jose perfected his bold new Cazadores tequila, it’s said he hid the recipe in the walls of his house, guarding it as his most prized possession. For 51 years, Cazadores remained a family secret, until Don Jose’s grandson, Don Felix, decided it was time to share Cazadores with the world. In 1973, Don Felix built the first commercial Cazadores distillery, right in the same spot in Arandas where Don Jose first saw a stag in his agave field.
It is from this recipe that a community was born — an ecosystem of tequila that powers the town of Arandas, deep in the highlands of Jalisco. From the jimadores in the field to the taquerias who feed the bottlers after a long day’s work— all of the people in Los Altos play a valuable role creating our high quality, 100% agave tequila for the world.
Made from 100% Blue Agave, TEQUILA CAZADORES ® requires a seven-step fully sustainable and zero waste production process including a double distillation, double fermentation and a careful maturation process, overseen and crafted by Maestro Tequilero Jesus Susunaga. And while it remains true to Don Jose Maria's original recipe from 1922, today's production process has evolved to reflect the growing demand for TEQUILA CAZADORES ® and the efforts we have made to ensure a completely sustainable operation.
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