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Origins

It all began in 1892, in the oldest and best-known cantina in Ensenada, Mexico, where Juan Hussong served his own hand-made tequila and the classic margarita is rumored to have made its first known appearance. Over 120 years later, Hussong’s Tequila carries on the rich history and legacy of the Hussong family name.

Harvesting

It all begins with the Agave plant. After growing for a minimum of five years, the Agave is harvested by a Jimador using a sharp bladed Coa. The plants are trimmed very close to the heart leaving a white appearance with minimal green exposure. This process is crucial for a clean and efficient fermentation and distillation process resulting in a quality-finished product.

Cooking

The trimmed Agave hearts are cooked using two different methods and then combined for optimum results. Fifty percent of the batch is slowly steam-roasted in centuries-old stone walled brick ovens for approximately 45 hours. This traditional cooking method prevents the hearts from caramelizing while softening the fibers and yielding fermentable sugars. The second half of the batch is cooked in stainless steel autoclaves for approximately 35 hours. This new age cooking method is a different approach to creating the same sugars while bringing more efficiency to the process. The combination of traditional and new age methods provides the perfect product to shred for fermentation.

Shredding

A machine known as a molino or mill is used to shred the cooked agave. As the fibers pass through, they are compressed to release a sugar concentrated juice. Once the juice has been released, it enters an oxygenation machine to enhance its smoothness. This ‘molino’ system is a very similar process used in the production of sugar cane.

Fermentation

The fermentation process begins when natural occurring yeast is added to the agave juice. After approximately 50 hours, the fermented juice contains an alcohol content between five and nine percent and is now referred to as ‘beer’. We believe our extended fermentation process results in an overall better flavor compared to the more common method of fermenting for only 10-12 hours. The slower the fermentation process, the more full-bodied the agave flavor will be in the tequila.

Distillation

Each batch of ‘beer’ goes through the distillation process twice. The first round separates and concentrates alcohol from the beer in a slow process lasting about five hours. At this time, the alcohol content is approximately 25 percent alcohol creating what is known as ‘ordinary’ tequila. The second distillation process is what enriches the alcohol content to approximately 55% alcohol, becoming the final product before aging.

Aging

Hussong’s Reposado, Anejo, and Platinum Tequilas are all aged in used whiskey barrels for several months before they are bottled. The aging process results in a unique taste profile for each member of the Hussong’s Tequila family. The tequila will rest in barrels for four to fifteen months depending on the product. The longer the tequila ages, the more time it has to gain flavor, color, and aroma from the oak barrel.

Chill Treatment

To ensure quality, we pass all our tequilas through a Chill Treatment System, which brings the tequila down to -2 degrees F for 12 hours then trasfered to a cooling tank to bring it back to normal tempertature. This enables all our tequilas to not have any “cloudiness” whether presented or shipped to extreme cold or hot destinations.

Bottling

Hussong’s 100% Agave Tequila is hand-bottled in clay jugs before it is sealed to preserve its one-of-a-kind taste. This process allows us to pay individual attention to each bottle, ensuring quality and authenticity for your tequila sipping enjoyment.

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Privacy Policy

Hussong's Tequila takes the protection and proper use of your personal information seriously. We respect your privacy, and take great care to safeguard information in our possession. Your preferences for use of your information are our highest priority.

Hussong's Tequila does not share customer information (including e-mail addresses) unless it is necessary to provide you with Hussong's Tequila products or services, or we are legally required to do so.

We restrict internal access to your information to those individuals who need it to provide you with services. Any third-party companies we must use to provide you with services are required to keep your information secure and confidential.

Hussong's Tequila is happy to provide further details of our privacy policies. For more information, please contact us.

California Supply Chains Act

McCormick Distilling Co., Inc. is a distilled spirits company located in the United States, doing business in the domestic and certain foreign markets. We comply with federal, state, and foreign laws regarding labor practices wherever we operate.

The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) (“Act”) seeks the elimination of slavery and human trafficking from product supply chains and requires that large companies who do business in California disclose their efforts toward the elimination of slavery and human trafficking. The information below relates to our efforts to comply with the Act.

1.) The vast majority of our suppliers are located in North America, principally in the United States, and in the European Union. To the best of our knowledge and belief, no supplier to our company, whether located within or without the United States, has ever been accused of engaging in forced labor or human trafficking.

2.) We reserve the right to audit our suppliers operations to ensure compliance with the Act. Currently, audits are not regularly performed by the company or an independent third party.

3.) Our purchase orders and supplier contracts will now contain an express representation that each supplier will comply fully with all applicable laws prohibiting human trafficking and slavery and that any violation of such laws are cause for immediate termination of our contracts and orders. We will terminate our contract with any supplier found to be in violation with our policy on human trafficking and slavery.

4.) To further our efforts to eradicate human trafficking and slavery from our supply chain, we have now asked suppliers to return a signed statement to us acknowledging that they support the elimination of forced labor and human trafficking.

5.) Our Employee Code of Conduct requires that company personnel try to ensure we work only with reputable suppliers. Employees annually affirm their compliance with our Employee Code of Conduct, but we have no formal training related to the issue.

Our Commitment
The United Kingdom Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 require companies to disclose their efforts to mitigate the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking in their supply chain. Modern slavery and human trafficking are the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labor or anyone held in slavery or servitude. As a responsible corporate citizen, McCormick Distilling Co., Inc. is committed to actions that will mitigate the risk of modern slavery in our business. In addition, we expect our vendors, suppliers, and contractors to have the same commitment.

Our Controls
McCormick Distilling Co., Inc. is committed to implementing and enforcing controls to prevent modern slavery in our business and in our supply chain. We have regular contact with our vendors, suppliers and contractors. Our contracts with vendors, suppliers and contractors require compliance with all applicable laws. If necessary, we will engage with third parties to assist us in evaluating our supply chain. Any concerns relating to noncompliance with this statement are investigated promptly and appropriate actions will be taken based on the findings of the investigation.

Our Training
We support our commitment and controls by providing training to our employees. The training is designed to create awareness around the problem of modern slavery and to help employees identify the sign of modern slavery in our supply chain.