“That is kind of the origin of Puntas: It is the most coveted part of distillation usually saved only for family and friends for special occasions, such as a wedding or baptism or quinceñera,” Carlos Camarena explains from the aging room of his brand new Los Alambiques distillery.
Sitting next to his daughter and protégé Fany, the stone-walled cellar provides us all shady respite from the arid Jalisco highland sun upstairs.
“If there’s something special happening in the family we’ll use this,” he says of his latest over-proofed expression, the follow-up to last year’s inaugural Plata Puntas 2022.
“Because it is not like your regular high-proof tequila, which is, ‘Okay, I distilled all of this at 120 proof and then I brought it down to 110.’ Because then you are using the whole distillation—but Puntas is just a little segment [of the distillation run].”
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