By Ethan Kelley
Casa Dragones was founded in 2009 by Bertha Gonzalez Nieves, the first woman to be certified as ‘Maestra Tequilera’, and Robert Pittman, CEO of IHeart Media. This female-led distillery is awash in history and continuously pays respect to the historic town of San Miguel, now known as San Miguel de Allende.
On September 16, 1810, the Queen’s elite Calvary, Los Dragones, who were charged with protecting the very lucrative silver trade, joined with influential church leaders, including Father Hidalgo, to call for Mexico’s Independence from Spain. Today the number 16 is still found on every bottle of this luxury Tequila brand to commemorate the passion of the Dragones and the movement that sparked Mexican independence.
The first release was an ultra-premium Joven expression. Joven is a blend of well-aged Tequilas and Blanco Tequilas where the color has been filtered out. This complex and sweet Tequila, which is dripping with cooked agave flavors and gentle spice, is typically served neat.
The next release was classic Blanco, which offers the same complexity as the Joven, but with more herbaceous notes and toned-down vanilla, as there is zero cask influence.
An Anejo expression has been released to complement the agave forward nature of the Joven and Blanco, with an interesting twist. The Anejo Tequila is matured in new American casks and new French oak casks and, once at full maturity, the two cask styles are married together for a spectacularly finessed Anejo. The result is a perfectly structured spirit with honeyed sweetness, tropical fruit flavors, and soft spice.