Calle 23 Blanco TequilaHaving launched in 2009, Calle 23 has already won awards including Double Gold for the Aejo at 2009 San Francisco Spirits Competition, along with gold medal for the Reposado and bronze medal for the Blanco, as well as numerous other awards.Calle 23 (pronounced Kai-Yay) is the brainchild of Sophie Decobecq, a French-born biochemist and engineer, who worked in Frances cognac industry before falling in love with agave. After graduating from a prestigious university in France, she moved to Mexico where she spent 7 months working in the research center at Polytechnics Institute of Mexico City. She studied the art and science of fermentation, and during this time, she made visits to Guadalajara and Tequila. She fell in love with all the history, the details, the sights, sounds and smells of the distilleries. Sophie later honed her agave skills, concerning fermentation and distillation in South Africa, followed by returning and spending years helping distillers perfect their own tequilas in Mexico. It was at that time, that Sophie decided the time was right to create her own brand. She brought her years of experience in yeast and microbiology to the arts of fermentation and distillation to make one of the most delicious tequilas on the market today, and for the price.... it can't be beat. Concerning the name Calle 23, one night after celebrating with friends over perfecting her skills on fermentation and distillation, and after making her first batch of what would become her new tequila, she looked across the street and saw a sign Calle 23 meaning 'street' in Spanish.