The one thing you learn about being all inclusive in Mexico is that the tequila is free flowing. Bar staff encourage you to take it and it’s in so many of the cocktails. As someone who’s had a somewhat strained relationship with tequila (slammer hangovers, anyone?!) I wasn’t so sure about this. But I found myself drinking new varieties I hadn’t tried and actually enjoying them.
We didn’t set out deliberately to find a tequila museum (honest), but our lunch stop on our Chichen Itza trip was at a restaurant near the Cenote Hubiku. And it just so happened that there was a small tequila museum on site. Imagine that 😉
So, after we’d been to the cenote and had lunch, we had 20 minutes to spare. It would be rude not to visit the museum, right?
It’s a very small building, as you can probably tell from the photo I took (above). And it’s more of a shop than a museum, if I’m being honest. There are agave plants out the back (as below) and there’s information about the process of making tequila. But the attraction here is the product itself!
The Don Tadeo museum stocks Don Tadeo tequila products. I say “products” (plural) because there are way more types of tequila than I was ever aware of. As well as the standard white and dark tequilas we’re all used to (and either love or loathe) there are sweeter more “dessert-style” tequilas that are all much weaker. Don Tadeo tequila does a numberof these flavoured tequilas including coconut, almond, mint, passion fruit, chocolate and coffee (amongst others).
We spoke to one of them guys in the shop who invited us to taste. We asked to taste the coconut (which was amazing). But before we’d even finished that he had already started pouring the next… and the next… and the one after that until we’d tried every single flavour of tequila they had in the museum/shop.
We loved a few of them and bought 4 500ml bottles. We got one of the regular white tequila ones (40% strength or so) and then 3 flavoured ones: coconut, almond and chocolate. The flavoured ones are 18% strength. Much weaker and more like really nice liqueurs than a tequila. Lovely stuff. We paid 600 Mexican Pesos for the 4 bottles (a couple of quid under £30)
As I say, it’s a small place and a bit out of the way. So you might not want to go out of your way just to go there. But if you fancy a swim in a stunning cenote and head to the cenote Hubiku, do make time to pop in while you are on site. It’s well worth a few minutes of your time and you’ll undoubtedly come away with a bottle or two.