Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Whatever it is, tequila
probably can't fix it, but it's worth a shot! - Jimmy Buffett
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
The town of Jesus Maria lies in the Golden Triangle of tequila production.
About two hours east of Guadalajara,
this town was on our list when we planned our own private premium
tequila tasting tour.
We had already spent
some time in
Atotonilco El Alto, where we visited the boutique
distillery, and now we were on our way to visit
El Pandillo, the number
one-rated distillery out of 106.
The Golden Triangle of tequila
Founded in 1530 by the Spanish, Jesus
Maria was part of the Spanish Empire before the Mexican Revolution.
Known locally as Los Altos or the
Highlands, this part of the Mexican state of Jalisco is home to some of the
finest tequilas in the world. Volcanic soil and microclimates affect the
agave from which tequila is made. Boutique distilleries capitalize on
this to promote their own special brand of tequila.
Tequila's story began in the 16th
century. The Spanish conquistadors ran out of brandy and created a milky
fermented spirit called pulque from the heart of the agave
Today's tequila has come a long way from this "milky-beer-like
beverage". Now it is double distilled and wins awards around the globe.
Parque "Las Presitas"
This Parque is a sports and entertainment
area just outside of Jesus Maria.
As you might know already, Mexico loves
to paint the letters of their town brightly and colorfully. You will find full
size, singular letters in
Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara airport,
Tepatitlan and even the old, old town of
Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
Miguel Hidalgo was a Catholic priest and
a revolutionary leader who is called the Father of Mexican Independence. He
is revered all throughout Mexico, and I would guess that every city and town
has a street named Hidalgo in his honor.
We stayed in Hotel Romsevil, in fact the
only hotel in town. It is to the
right of this statue outside the photo. A place where we ate local Mexican
food several times is to the left, behind the chain linked fence.
Jesus Maria Plaza and church
Here is another manicured Plaza with a
wrought iron gazebo in the center. The church is to the left.
This design was decided by an architect
in Spain, and you will see the same layout all throughout Mexico.
Beautiful homes were all over town
We were very taken by the number of
beautiful homes we saw in Jesus Maria.
This one has beveled glass on two
stories, decorative wrought iron as a gate, and as a railing up on the
second floor patio.
Places were freshly painted and the whole
town was very clean.
Another brand new home on the edge of
Here's another home backed up to the
canyon and agave fields below.
There were many mansions on acres of land
in the surrounding hills.
As you can see, the streets are clean and
fairly wide. Nice homes line both sides.
We had great weather in Jesus Maria. It's
an eternal spring style of high desert climate, very similar to
Mexico, where we live.
Here is a closer shot of the agave
fields behind the house in the photo above.
The gray-blue agave makes a
beautiful contrast with the various greens of the fields.
While agave grown for tequila is a big
industry, most of the agriculture (90%) is corn. Corn is used as an
alternating plant in the fields when agave is not being grown.
We were just gobsmacked with the number
of well-kept homes in this town of about 20,000 inhabitants. We were told that a
good deal of people who have homes here work in the US and come back
to Jesus Maria to holiday.
Several people to whom we spoke who live
here, said they were very proud to have worked in the US. Some still have
family living "up north," and all were well-pleased to have their
Not a small place!
I wonder how many bedrooms this beautiful
Parroquia de Jesus Maria
Another view of the parish church of
Symbolic painting of Jesus Maria in a
This painting captures what Jesus Maria
is all about.
Of course you have the church and the
gazebo - the center of any Mexican town or city, then you have the corn, the
blue agave fields and the tequila. The water falls, the big sombrero
hats the men wear, and the woven shawl.
In the background there is an adobe brick
home of the local peoples. I am unclear of the significance of the brown
water jug in the center. I'm thinking the round object next to the
devotional candle (for the Sacred Family) is a tahona which crushes
the agave to release it's aguamiel.
At the bottom of the painting it states:
"The roots of my town."
An older home with flower pots
Here's a shot of an older home with rows
of geranium-filled flower pots. This is so lively and adds color to the home
and to the street.
Wildflowers right outside of town
We were taking a walk right outside of
town, and there were fields and fields of these wildflowers.
I could be wrong about this, but I have
seen similar picked flowers wrapped in bunches and sold by locals around
Mexico. They burn these dried flowers to purify the home.
Isn't that picture just so restful?
Well, we're in tequila country, guys.
Almost every little restaurant and bar has a full selection of high quality
tequilas from which to choose.
Sold by the "copa" or by the bottle, you
have the blancos, the reposados, the anejos and the
Blancos are tequilas that are not aged
in an oak barrel, reposados are aged from 60 to 364 days (less than a
year), and anejos are aged for at least one year, but less than
Cristalinos are the latest tequila
trend. These are aged tequilas that have been filtered to remove any color
added by the barrel during the aging process, leaving the tequila “crystal
clear”, like a blanco.
Prices range from $2.50 to $7USD for a
copa, and from $11 to $63USD per bottle.
Here we are, "up against the wall" and
Jesus Maria was a gorgeous, friendly
little town with great weather.
It calls for another visit, to be sure.
The bell tower in front of parroquia
This bell tower has arches and thick
walls where the local town
people walk through. An interesting twist to the Church's architecture.
See what I mean about the blue, blue
skies? Temperatures were in the 70s and this was in October!
Rows and rows of tequila choices
Tequilas lined up everywhere, every
bottle store. So many choices!
The sleek bottle on the upper left is
Sentinel Eternal Extra Anejo Cristaline Tequila -- currently the rage when
we were there. Cristaline tequilas are anejos (aged tequilas) that are
filtered to take out the golden color from the aging barrels.
This Eternal, in its sleek perfume-looking bottle runs $34USD.
Peaceful agave field
A typical agave field
with nopale cactus there in front.
Nopales are a mainstay of the Mexican
diet, high in vitamin A, vitamin C, Magnesium and Calcium.
You can see the rich volcanic soil here -
in this case, filled with iron.
Spring and deep well water is an
important factor in making tequila, and in this Golden Triangle, that water
brings its natural flavor to the distilling of Mexico's National Beverage.
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