Introducing Knob Creek Rye Edition to the El Tesoro Mundial Collection

by Phillip Galyean

El Tesoro de Don Felipe® Tequila, the award-winning Tequila producer from La Alteña Distillery in the Jalisco highlands of Mexico, and the third-generation Camarena distilling family are proud to introduce the second installment of “The Mundial Collection” Limited Edition Cask Finishing Series: El Tesoro®Mundial: Knob Creek® Rye Edition.

El Tesoro®Mundial: Knob Creek Rye is a unique expression of El Tesoro®Añejo, aged for twelve months in genuine charred-oak Knob Creek Rye Whiskey barrels that previously held Knob Creek Rye Whiskey for seven years, resulting in a delicious sipping tequila that is perfectly balanced with subtle sweetness and spice. As a special one-time release, this is the first and only time El Tesoro® has been finished in Knob Creek Rye Barrels.

“We are thrilled to introduce this exceptional new tequila, produced at our home in La Alteña with barrels so generously provided in the spirit of innovation by our friends at Knob Creek®,” says Jenny Camarena, third-generation family proprietor and master of operations for El Tesoro®. “My brother Carlos and I are the students of our father and grandfather before us, who were both proud tequila traditionalists, yet pioneers of their time who were always experimenting. The Mundial series allows us to pursue these creative paths in tequila, and the Knob Creek® Rye edition is no different. The way that our delicate Añejo marries with the amazing full-bodied, with balanced black pepper, sweet vanilla and rich spice flavors of the rye casks makes this fascinating tequila a delicious treat that we are incredibly proud to share.”

The Mundial Collection represents a premium innovation and experimentation initiative for El Tesoro®. “Mundial” expressions see one-of-a-kind special releases of El Tesoro®tequilas matured in unique casks that have previously held some of the best spirits from across the globe, all of which share a strong commitment to craftsmanship and high-quality production. The first installment, released in 2021, was El Tesoro®Mundial Collection: The Laphroaig® Edition, a remarkable bottling merging the proud distilling tradition of Tequila with the barrel-aging expertise of Scotch. El Tesoro®Mundial Collection: The Laphroaig Edition skillfully integrates the peaty profile of an Islay whisky with El Tesoro’s® rich, agave Añejo, aged for twelve months in genuine Laphroaig ten-year-old Scotch Whisky casks, adding hints of salty ocean air and peat smoke for a truly distinctive Tequila.

Back by popular demand and following the success of the initial release, Carlos and Jenny Camarena are excited to release another iteration of “Mundial” aged in Laphroaig casks. This year, El Tesoro®Mundial Collection: The Laphroaig Edition will be available alongside the El Tesoro®Mundial Collection: Knob Creek Rye Edition with updated premium gift packaging. Both bottles will retail with a suggested retail price of $175.00.


APPEARANCE: Wheat brown with golden tones. Full bodied and well-rounded with essential oils.

AROMA: Cooked agave, peaches, bread, vanilla, caramel, pineapple, apple, cinnamon, leather, and delicate floral notes.

PALATE: Cooked agave, black pepper, cinnamon, dark chocolate, vanilla, orange peel, notes of oak and spices.

FINISH: Long, with lingering oak, spices, and mineral notes.


APPEARANCE: Pale straw with golden notes. Full bodied and well-rounded with essential oils

AROMA: Cooked agave, peat, vanilla, caramel, sea salt, light notes of citrus, cardamom, and leather.

PALATE: Cooked agave, butterscotch, black pepper, spices, seasoned oak, notes of citrus, peat smoke and seal salt.

FINISH: Long, with lingering oak and spices, peaty and salty

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