Enrique de Colsa
Upholding the heritage, highest quality standards and characteristic flavor of Mexico’s No. 1 ultra-premium tequila is no small feat, but for Enrique de Colsa, Master Distiller of Tequila Don Julio, it is his greatest accomplishment.
While working alongside Don Julio González at La Primavera Distillery, de Colsa not only built a long-standing personal friendship that goes beyond the agave fields, but also developed a passion for crafting the finest tequila, the kind that can only be inspired by learning first-hand from Don Julio himself. While he quickly mastered the technical aspects of tequila making, it was de Colsa’s unwavering commitment to Don Julio’s distinctive handcrafted methods and his innate understanding of flavor profiles and aromas that proved he was the ideal person to preserve the legacy of perfection for the original luxury tequila.
As Master Distiller, de Colsa is responsible for tasting and evaluating the subtleties and nuances of each different tequila, managing the barrel-aging process to impart further depth of flavor, and fine-tuning every blend to assure consistency. His favorite part of the job is maintaining the integrity of flavor through the cooking and distillation process.
Interestingly, he started his relation with Tequila Don Julio with the pivotal contribution of working in 1989 to design the iconic, hand-blown glass bottle and wooden stopper that is still used today. It was during this time that de Colsa was invited to officially join the Don Julio family in 1999 as plant director and after Don Julio retirement in 2004 he became as master distiller. Having the responsibility, since that time, to produce and maintain the tequila Don Julio production and quality, participating in develop of Don Julio 1942 and the creator of Don Julio 70th in 2010 which changed and renew the tequila industry.
When he’s not at the distillery, de Colsa enjoys spending time with his family, friends, golfing, traveling, music, making cocktails and reading.