The Orendain family has been involved in producing tequila since 1840, when Doña Elisa Orendain and her husband owned a distillery called La Chiripa, where their nephew Don Eduardo Orendain worked. His grandson Don Eduardo Orendain Gonzalez established his own company upon purchasing a simple distillery in 1926 in Tequila, Jalisco after previously producing Orendain Tequila around the corner at El Llano (current home of Arette Tequila produced by his sons Eduardo and Jaime Orendain Gonzalez) since 1900. This new(er!) distillery is now known as Casa Mexicana, and is the home of Tequila Orendain, Gran Orendain, Ollitas, Batanga and others. We bring in the latter three of these, produced by Marcela Orendain Gonzalez, sister of Jaime and Eduardo.
Batanga Tequilas use family estate-grown agaves harvested at 7-8 years of age from their 5000 hectares of Blue Agave fields, cooked in traditional masonry ovens at low temperature for 48 hours, imparting nuances of cinnamon, clove, and other warming spices from the slow and delicate process of caramelizing sugars. They crush using roller mills, ferment their mosto in stainless steel for 72 hours, and double-distill in stainless steel pot stills with copper coils.
In the town of Tequila, there’s a small, nondescript cantina called La Capilla - home of the Batanga, a simple drink created in the 1950’s by Don Javier Degado Corona, the bar’s owner. The Batanga is simple: nothing more than Orendain tequila, coke and fresh lime juice, served in a tall glass with a salted rim. But as Don Javier will tell you, its flavour isn’t only in the ingredients - it’s the big knife, which he uses to stir the cocktail - that’s the secret to the perfect Batanga.
Batanga Tequila Blanco
Case configuration: 6x750mL
Double-distilled, 100% Blue Agave Batanga Blanco offers extraordinary brilliance, clarity and a great body. It’s crisp with flavors of pineapple, guava, hints of cinnamon, clove and warming spices. Great for enjoying neat, on the rocks and a great choice for a premium well for cocktails and beyond. 40% ABV.
Awards: 2020 Bartender Spirits Awards – Gold, 93 Points
Batanga Tequila Reposado
SKU: BC 25224 / AB 835223
Case configuration: 6x750mL
Double-distilled, 100% Blue Agave Batanga Reposado is aged in American oak barrels lending coffee, vanilla and toffee notes that heighten the warming, bakery spices introduced in the production process. The subtle barrel notes come through nicely and linger through the finish. An excellent choice for novices, bourbon lovers, and anyone who thinks they don’t like tequila – a game-changer!
Awards: 2020 Bartender Spirits Awards – Gold, 92 Points; 2020 Denver International Spirits Competition – Double Gold; 2019 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition – Best in Show, Best of Class, Double Gold
Available at these British Columbia (BC), Yukon (YT), Northwest Territories (NWT), Nunavut (NVT), Alberta (AB/Alta), Saskatchewan (SK/Sask), Manitoba (MB), Ontario (Ont), Quebec (QC/Que), Nova Scotia (NS), New Brunswick (NB), Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), and Prince Edward Island (PE/PEI) locations in CanadaBatanga Tequila in Canada: British Columbia (BC), Yukon (YT), Northwest Territories (NWT), Nunavut (NVT), Alberta (AB/Alta), Saskatchewan (SK/Sask), Manitoba (MB), Ontario (Ont), Quebec (QC/Que), Nova Scotia (NS), New Brunswick (NB), Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), and Prince Edward Island (PE/PEI) in a larger map