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Spotlight On: Calle 23 Tequila

Calle 23’s slogan is ‘Tequila makes us smarter. So, drink smart.’ We couldn’t agree more, Calle 23!


Calle 23 is one of the fine tequilas in our tequila cabinet and it’s a great one at that. Created by French-born Sophie Decobecq through a passion for Mexico and 100% agave spirits, Calle 23 took three years to perfect and at that eureka moment, Sophie pointed to the street sign across from them and named the tequila after it. Thence, Calle 23 was born!

Sophie specifically picked the Highlands region of Jalisco to harvest the agaves due to the fruity and spicy character of them, which lends itself beautifully to the spirit. By combining a high altitude with a hot climate and some heavy rains, the plant expresses great level of sugars, which are definitely present in the finished product.


For the purists among us, the Tequila Blanco should hit the spot, providing a true taste of the 100% agave flavour. It is herbaceous and citrusy, with hints of Granny Smith apples in the lingering finish. But for those who prefer an aged tequila, try the Reposado or Anejo, which are aged in old American Whiskey bottles for 8 and 16 months respectively. More about Calle 23 Reposado in an earlier blog of ours here.

Enjoy, tequila lovers!

Tasting Notes – Calle 23 Reposado

You may or may not have noticed, but here at El Camion we are passionate about tequila. Which is why we endeavour to continue to update you with all news, views, and what you should choose from our fine cabinet of wonders.


This time we’re focusing on Calle 23 Reposado – a 100% agave tequila from the highlands of Jalisco, in the Los Altos region. It’s worth mentioning here that agave from the highlands are harvested for their fruity characteristics, whereas the lowlands of Mexico are known to yield more earthy, herbaceous and powerful flavours.




So, we’ve got the fruitiness sorted – what else can you expect from Calle 23 Reposado? Well, for one thing it’s actually the creation of a frenchwoman – who is a biochemist!! Sophie Decobecq fell in love with the taste, traditions and techniques of tequila making, and decided to look into drinking her own. The aim? To create a spirit that you


“could drink for breakfast, lunch, dinner and goodnight cure”.


So, how about the taste? For one thing – let’s look at ‘Reposado’. This means that it’s aged anywhere between 60 days to a year. Calle 23 Reposado is aged for 8 months (in ex-Jack Daniels bourbon barrels, no less). The taste is wonderfully balanced, with a light sweetness from the wood that has integrated with fabulous agave flavours. There’s a lovely warm finish with a spicy tang that makes this a seductive and memorable tequila to taste!

It’s all about the Tequila Taste…

So, we’ve advised on how to appreciate the colour and smell of tequila – now let’s look how best to taste.






When tasting tequila, try letting it linger in your mouth for twenty seconds. This will warm the liquid and make sure your taste buds can truly perceive the flavours. Then try sucking in a little air. This means all the components and bouquet of the tequila can be appreciated.


We recommend 100% Agave tequila, since this is the premium quality and otherwise the mixed variety can be as little as 51% tequila. Now see what you’re trying from the list below:


Blanco and Silver Tequilas: These tequilas can be sipped but are best in cocktails. They have a more brisk, peppery taste with perhaps some herbal or vegetal hints. These tequilas aren’t rested in barrels, hence the lack of woody taste and colour.

We recommend: Olmeca Altos Blanco and Tapatio Blanco

Gold Tequilas: These are blends of Blancos and aged Tequilas. Look out for the notes of caramel. They are also less sharp that Blanco tequilas.

Reposado Tequila: Reposado means ‘rested’, and have been aged for minimum two months but not longer than a year. Also good for cocktails, the taste is a balance between the wood flavours and the agave.

We recommend: Calle 23 Reposado and Don Fulano Reposado 

Anejo Tequilas: Also known as ‘aged’ tequilas, these have rested in oak barrels for anywhere between one and three years. These tequilas make for excellent sipping, and can be appreciated for the oak taste that quells the slightly ‘vegetal’ taste of younger varieties.

We recommend: Ocho Anejo and Siete Leguas Anejo

Extra Anejo: These are wonderfully oaky tequilas that deserve to be sipping, and have been aged for a minimum of three years in oak. When you taste these tequilas then it’s best to truly appreciate the woody taste sensation. They are incredibly smooth and complex.



We recommend: Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Famila and Tapatio Excellencia 


Now you have all the skills to truly appreciate tequila, why not drop into El Camion and ask our bartenders to recommend you a new variety to try? We have over 80 different tequilas, and over 30 different mezcals, so you can get your connoisseur hat on and test out our advice!

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Valentine’s Day in Mexico

Well, before long it will be Valentine’s Day or, as they call it in Mexico, El Dia del Amor y la Amistad. This translates as ‘the day of love and friendship’.

And they have well and truly embraced this holiday, combining it with their own traditions and values of warmth and love. While Valentine’s Day is still a celebration of romantic love, it also serves as a day of appreciation of love as a whole. This means that as well as giving balloons, gifts and red roses to lovers, cards are also commonly presented to friends and family.

Although St Valentine does not specifically appear in Mexican history, the Mexica people did in fact have two deities that represented love.

Xochipilli was the god of love, games, beauty, dance, flowers, corn and songs. His name meant ‘prince of the flowers’ and he had a twin sister or wife; Xochiquetzal, which means precious flower or ornate bird. She was associated with the fertility of nature. Centeotl, the god of corn was their son.

In honor of this pair of gods, four days of fasting was observed. They sacrificed by inserting maguey thorns into their tongues and made offerings of bread and corn. They also danced to the beat of drums called teponaztli. Sounds far more interesting than just going out for dinner, that’s for sure!

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