Tomas Estes has a love of Mexico and its culture, especially Agave spirits. When Carlos Camarena asked him to make tequila together there was only one answer: affirmative.
Tequila Ocho is a joint partnership between the Camarenas and Tomas Estes. Estes has been selling and promoting tequila in his Mexican bars and restaurants since 1976, and has gained recognition and respect throughout the worldwide bar and spirits community for his work promoting tequila, agave spirits and Mexican culture in Europe. He can often be found as a guest speaker, talking about the taste profiles and production processes of hand-crafted tequilas to educational groups and connoisseurs. Ocho is a meeting of the passion, experience, and knowledge between Estes and the Camarena family, resulting in the finest tequila possible.
Carlos Camarena a third generation tequilero is The Master Distiller of Tequila Ocho made at La Alteña distillery in Jalisco, Mexico. He is among the most respected tequila producers because of the fine products that he makes. He has been recognized with numerous awards such as:
– A medal for his contribution in the Tequila Industry from the President of Mexico. (2010)
– The Distiller of the Year’ award from ‘San Francisco World Spirits Competition’ (2005)
– A Gold Star from the World Marketing Organization (2009)
In collaboration with Tomas Estes, he created Ocho and his distillery also makes Tapatio, Excellia and El Tesoro tequilas.
The Tequila Ocho story begins with the Camarena family, who started making tequila in 1937 and are now in their third generation as tequila producers. This family is one of the few that still make tequila in the slow, artisanal way. With the Camarenas nothing is rushed or hurried during the whole process, from the growth of the agave to the final distillation.
All tequila made by the Camarena family is produced exclusively from agave from their own fields, a fact that few other producers can claim. Because the production is small-batch and carefully done, the heart and passion of the Camarenas’ Mexican soul is in each drop of their tequila. The family have only ever made 100% agave tequila.
This tequila is made from the eighth sample created by the Camarenas for Tomas Estes.
It takes an average of eight years for the agaves to ripen before being harvested.
It takes about eight kilograms of agave to make one litre of Ocho tequila – very high versus industry average.
It takes eight days from when the agaves reach the patio at the distillery until it becomes blanco (unaged) tequila.
Carlos Camarena has eight brothers and sisters.
The Camarenas are in their eighth decade of producing tequila.
Ocho Reposado is aged for 8 weeks and 8 days.