Felipe Soto Mares
Co-Founder, Master Distiller, Catador, Adventurer
Master Distiller Phillip (Felipe) Soto Mares originally crafted The Bad Stuff™ Extra Añejo Tequila for only friends and family, on site at his uncle’s hacienda in Atequiza, Jalisco. Felipe was meticulous in following the knowledge his uncle, Roberto Mares, instilled in him on the crafting of a fine tequila. Roberto Mares learned how to craft tequila from his father Roberto Mares Sr., (Felipe's Grandfather), who was a bootlegger during the prohibition in the 1920's.
The Bad Stuff™ Extra Añejo Tequila's aroma, flavor & taste starts with harvesting fully matured Tequilana weber Azul, while using specific [traditional] techniques, and then maturing in medium charred virgin French Oak barrels, for three years to achieve the award winning profile that is being brought to the discerning aficionado.
"I’ve been working on this tequila for over 15 years and shared it only with family and friends. The timing was perfect for us to bring it to market...
As for the name, in urban marketing 'The Bad Stuff™' means the best of the best. That’s an accurate description of what we’ve created."
- Felipe Soto Mares