In Mexico, artisanship is the materialized identity of our communities; their culture, traditions, stories, and worldviews are represented through precious, handcrafted objects. Artisanship is a living part of our legacy; techniques are passed down from generation to generation and pieces personally imprinted by the artisans that create them. 

Our Master Artisans collection brings together the work of the country’s most distinguished expert artisans and artists, those who harness their talent and vision to tell Mexico’s most beautiful stories with their hands. 

Continuing our journey to captivate the world with our country’s most exceptional creations, for this edition of Master Artisans we feel honored to be collaborating with Master Artisan Jesús Guerrero Santos of Guadalajara, Jalisco. His work in ceramics and nickel silver have established him as a leading exponent of Mexican high artisanship. 

Nourished by the influence of sacred art, architectural study and the iconographic wealth of the Baroque style, Master Artisan Jesús Guerrero Santos dedicates his work to make manifest the spirit of Mexican tradition. 

The three decanters created for this edition of Master Artisans by Jesús Guerrero Santos recount his passions and memories through the cultural symbolism of their imagery.  

Each of the sister pieces reveals something particular about his craft, as each one uniquely configures the amalgam of ceramic and metal elements typical of his work. 

All three expressions of extra añejo tequila created for this edition were aged for over eight years: first in American whiskey casks and then in sherry casks  (either amontillado, oloroso or pedro ximénez), before being finished in fortified wine casks from the Portuguese island of Madeira. 

Together, we consider these creations to be a poem in which each piece is a verse. 

Cobalto

Cobalto (“Cobalt”), the first of the three decanters in this edition of Master Artisans, faithfully reproduces, in brilliant tones of blue and white, the architectural configurations that inspire Master Artisan Jesús Guerrero Santos.  

Outlined by the ceramic and metalwork on the base, a geometric pattern lures the eye and plays with the perception of depth. In the center, the Clase Azul México emblem is framed within an ornate oval design. 

American whiskey casks + oloroso sherry casks + wine casks from the island of Madeira

Color: amber with copper hues

Body: full body

Aroma: walnut, orange peel, toasted oak, honey, dark fruits

Palate: walnut, orange peel, dark fruits

Finish: long finish of toasted oak and raisin

Canela

Canela (“Cinnamon”), the second decanter in this edition of Master Artisans, bears elegant decorative motifs executed in brown and black, hues representative of the earthenware tradition of Master Jesús Guerrero Santos’ homeland of Jalisco.  

Two delicate nickel silver handles adorn the decanter’s neck and embellish its iconic silhouette. At the center, a laurel wreath enshrines the Clase Azul México emblem, while an imposing floral belt encircles the surface above the metallic base. 

American whiskey casks + amontillado sherry casks + wine casks from the island of Madeira

Color: amber with copper hues

Body: full body

Aroma: hazelnut, candied orange, caramelized walnut, clove, apricot compote, toasted oak

Palate: toasted oak, clove, cinnamon, caramelized apricot

Finish: long finish of candied orange peel, clove and toasted oak

Guirnalda

Guirnalda (“Garland”), the third decanter in our Master Artisans collection, is a tribute to the intricacy with which traditional Mexican ceramic vessels are decorated by hand. 

The piece, which takes its name from the deep-blue garland around its base, has been accentuated at the neck by a fine reticulated pattern and above the base with a chain of concentric nickel silver rings. At the center, over a cobalt blue frame, the Clase Azul México emblem comes into bloom. 

American whiskey casks + pedro ximénez sherry casks + wine casks from the island of Madeira

Color: amber with copper hues

Body: full body

Aroma: date, candied fig, grape, clove, almond

Palate: candied fig, toasted almond, clove

Finish: long finish of candied fig and toasted oak