Don Felipe Camarena’s family has been distilling tequila since the early 1800’s. When the family’s original distillery was destroyed and abandoned during the Mexican Revolution, Don Felipe turned to growing and selling agave plants from the highland region to other tequila producers. In 1937, Don Felipe opened La Altena Distiller in the mountainous region of Jalisco, Mexico. His passion inspired his family to continue handcrafting Tapatio, which means people or family from Guadalajara, so it could be enjoyed by future generations.
The spirit from La Altena is the only 100% blue agave tequila double distilled at 80 proof and bottled without any additional water. Once baked, the blue agaves are crushed and pressed in a modified sugar cane mill to extract the sweet agave juice or “Mosto”. The juice and agave fibers are then mixed in a barrel by foot before fermentation and distillation.
Don Felipe passed the business to his son, Felipe J. Camarena Orozco, who in turn passed it on to his daughters, Lilianna and Gabriela, and to his son, Carlos, who today, as Master Distiller, maintains the standards of excellence set down by his grandfather, Don Felipe.