Tequila El Espolón is a brand of tequila from Campari America. The tequila is produced by the San Nicolas Distillery in the Los Altos (Highlands) region of Jalisco, Mexico, famous for its cultivation of agave plants.
Made entirely from blue agave, El Espolón (or simply, Espolón) was created by Cirilo Oropeza and was first produced in 1998. It is currently distributed in Mexico, the United States and select markets elsewhere.
The San Nicolas Distillery is located among the agave plantations of the Jalisco Highlands. San Nicolas is designed to be an artisanal facility, built to Oropeza’s specifications. The distillation process Utilizes American oak barrels, with each agave piña (heart) cooked for 20 – 22 hours and distilled for 5½ hours.
Currently, four marques of Espolòn are Reposado (gold), Blanco (silver), and Añejo (aged) which is finished in bourbon barrels, dubbed El Colorado, the first of its kind.
Paying tribute to the “pelea de gallos” or fighting cocks of Spanish American tradition, Espolón takes its name from the “spur” found on the back of the rooster’s leg. Espolón’s label art features a woodcut illustration created by Steven Noble. There is variation between the artwork used in the brand’s domestically and internationally distributed bottles.