Not Just Any Tequila
The Hornitos story begins with a revolution. Don Francisco Javier Sauza (or Don Franco)—descendant of Don Cenobio Sauza, founder of La Perseverancia Distillery and the man who coined the name “tequila” in 1873—was determined to bring tequila to a new height of respect and renown. With Hornitos Reposado, Don Franco introduced the use of 10,000 gallon oak barrels called “pipones” to serve as aging vessels for his fine tequila. The pipones gave the tequila less contact with the wood, bringing out a pure agave flavor and a delicate pale gold color unique to the Hornitos Reposado. In his travels around the world, Don Franco shared his favorite creation freely, making tequila internationally famous as a taste of Mexico with the smooth, pure flavor of Hornitos tequila.
Triple aged to create a uniquely complex tequila with whiskey characteristics, the newest premium offering from Hornitos® is aged first for 12 months in American Oak barrels before transitioning into deep charred American Oak barrels for four months. In the final aging process, the liquid is transferred to specially-toasted American Oak barrels for two additional months to further enhance the whiskey- like notes of this one-of-a-kind premium tequila. Prior to hitting shelves, Hornitos® Black Barrel® quickly became an award- winning tequila with accolades at international spirits competitions. Hornitos® Black Barrel® won the 2014 Best of Show Award and received Double Gold honors at the 2014 International Denver Spirit Awards. The spirit also won a Double Gold award at the San Francisco Wine & Spirits Competition.