Spirit Cartel is launching two 100% agave tequilas from Oredain, Mexico’s largest independent and family-owned producer.

The company will distribute Oredain’s Cantinero Reposado and its new Cantinero Blanco, which was created in collaboration with Spirit Cartel’s own team in London.

Cantinero – Spanish for ‘bartender’ – is named after a famous animal of myth or legend. In this case, Cantinero was a bull beloved by the firm’s founder Don Eduardo Orendain in the 1920s. An etched image of the beast appears prominently on the bottles.

David Hood, general manager at Spirit Cartel, said: “The deal is a real coup for us – and another sign of our commitment to bringing the very best tequilas to the UK. We want to show agave at its best – it is time to move on from those ‘thin’, industrial tequilas and give customers a taste of some of Mexico’s finest.”

Spirit Cartel has also taken on Orendain’s premium ranges of Ollitas (Blanco and Reposado) and Gran Orendain (Blanco, Reposado, Anejo, plus a 3 Year Old and 7 Year Old Extra Anejo). All of these variants are triple distilled, which is rare amongst tequilas, according to the company.

Each Cantinero balances hot pepperiness with the sweetness of agave, but Blanco is described as having ‘Agave at the forefront, with an abundance of orange citrus and a long dry, earthy finish”. Reposado has a “subtle oak spice with vanilla bean and hints of stone fruit”.