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Location: Mexico City, Mexico
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Biography: Koral Carballo  ( b. Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico in 1987) is a photojournalist and visual artist based in Puebla, Mexico. Her investigative work focuses on visual stories related to identity, violence, migration, and territory working at the... MORE
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New York Times - The Spirit Behind High-End Tequila
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Updated Sep 2022
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The Spirit Behind High-End Tequila

As the founder of Casa Dragones tequila, Bertha González Nieves is a leader in an industry still dominated by men.

Bertha González Nieves, Mexico’s first official Maestra tequila — or female master distiller — talked as she poured.“Did you know that oysters pair really beautifully with tequila?” she asked. The co-founder and chief executive of Casa Dragones were sitting in her Chelsea apartment on an afternoon in August, wearing a kelly-green blazer that offset her gold jewelry, offering a tasting of her company’s various tequilas.

The minerality of the mollusk, she explained, accents the light citrus present in un-aged tequila such as a blanco, or a joven, which is a blend of un-aged and aged tequilas. Ceviche, grilled octopus, sea urchin — all are excellent to have with tequila. Dark chocolate works well, too. “But the harder you go on the cacao,” she said, “the more you’re going to get from the oak,” referring to the flavors of an añejo, or a tequila that has been aged for one to three years in oak barrels.

Ms. González Nieves, 52, started Casa Dragones in 2009 with Bob Pittman, 68, the chairman and chief executive of iHeart Media, after tequila shed its persona in the United States as a rough-and-tumble party liquor. What was once a drink that college students downed at bars with a dash of salt and slice of lime, or mixed to make sickly sweet margaritas, is now ordered neat or on the rocks, sipped not shot.

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Photography by Koral Carballo
Assistance by Azucena San Martin
Text by Thessaly La Force
Makeup by L de Labios
Hairstyle by Viridiana Ramirez
Commissioned by Matthew Leifheit
Edited by Tanner Curtis

Photographed with Leica M11

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El espíritu detrás del tequila de alta gama

Como fundadora del tequila Casa Dragones, Bertha González Nieves es una líder en una industria todavía dominada por los hombres.

Bertha González Nieves, la primera maestra tequilera oficial de México, hablaba mientras servía: "¿Sabían que las ostras combinan muy bien con el tequila? La cofundadora y directora ejecutiva de Casa Dragones estaba sentada en su apartamento de Chelsea una tarde de agosto, con una chaqueta verde kelly que contrastaba con sus joyas de oro, ofreciendo una degustación de los distintos tequilas de su empresa.La mineralidad del molusco, explicó, acentúa los ligeros cítricos presentes en los tequilas no envejecidos, como el blanco, o el joven, que es una mezcla de tequilas envejecidos y no envejecidos. El ceviche, el pulpo a la parrilla o el erizo de mar son excelentes para acompañar al tequila. El chocolate negro también funciona bien. "Pero cuanto más fuerte sea el cacao", dijo, "más se va a obtener del roble", refiriéndose a los sabores de un añejo, o un tequila que ha sido envejecido de uno a tres años en barricas de roble.

La Sra. González Nieves, de 52 años, fundó Casa Dragones en 2009 con Bob Pittman, de 68 años, presidente y director ejecutivo de iHeart Media, después de que el tequila dejara de ser un licor de fiesta rudo y desordenado en Estados Unidos. Lo que antes era una bebida que los estudiantes universitarios tomaban en los bares con una pizca de sal y una rodaja de lima, o que se mezclaba para hacer margaritas enfermizamente dulces, ahora se pide solo o con hielo, a sorbos, no a tragos.

Más información: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/17/style/the-spirit-behind-high-end-tequila.html

Fotografía por Koral Carballo
Asistencia por Azucena San Martin
Texto por Thessaly La Force
Maquillaje L de Labios
Peinado Viridiana Ramírez
Encargo por Matthew Leifheit
Editado por Tanner Curtis

Fotografiado con Leica M11

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