Steven Prentice (Student): The Tequila Express was a very interesting experience. There were a lot of things that I learned from this trip and also, there were a few things that I experienced for the first time. The tequila industry is very complex and Herradura distills some of the finest tequila in Mexico.
The first thing that was a new experience for me was the train ride from Guadalajara to Amatitan, Mexico. Before today, I had never been on a train. The tour included a round trip time on the train of about four hours. The train took us through the beautiful Mexican countryside. When we arrived at Herradura, we began the tour of the distillery. First we learned that there is only one type of agave plant used to make tequila. This type of agave is the blue agave. Next we learned how the agave is harvested and prepared. After the large plant is harvested all of the leaves are cut off and only the inner “pineapple” remains. This “pineapple” is cut in half and then roasted for hours. The juice is then squeezed out after roasting and finally this juice can be distilled into tequila. We not only got to tour the current plant but also the old retired plant. This was extremely interesting to see the rustic way of distilling that has been done for generations. Finally, there was a dinner put on by the company that consisted of many varieties of tacos all of which were very good. During this dinner there was a performance put on by a mariachi band and dancers. This was very entertaining and was the icing on the cake for the tour.
The tequila industry is very complex and there are many competitors. Herradura has been around since 1870 and they are still a leading producer of tequila today. This trip was very informative and also it was a lot of fun. I would recommend this tour to anybody weather they were interested in the field of business or not.