I have reason to believe that Tequila Zafarrancho is an unfortunate victim of the recent problems in the tequila industry. With the reality of a blue agave shortage and other problems such as disease it was inevitable that we would see the disappearance of a number of tequila labels. The Zafarrancho website, www.ztequila.com disappeared sometime in late February or early March 2001 and attempts to contact the importer, Mexican Food & Spirits, LLC. have been unsuccessful. Zafarrancho is still listed at Internet Wines & Spirits so you might want to get it while you can.
For the sake of posterity I have included the description of Zafarrancho Gold from the now defunct Ztequila.com.
Zafarrancho Gold Tequila is subtly different than its silver counterpart. It has a lustrous golden hue and a nose brimming with the rich aromas of oak, citrus and spice. Its seamlessly smooth body is imbued with the engaging flavors of citrus, herbs, white pepper, vanilla and oak. Zafarrancho Gold Tequila has an enduring, smooth finish.
At Zafarrancho, we bake our agaves in the traditional method, in stone ovens called hornos. This slow process ensures that the sugars are properly cooked and not caramelized. In an effort to reduce costs and speed up production, many brands use stainless steel autoclaves to pressure cook the agaves. While faster, autoclaves fail to properly hydrolyze the starches and don't totally convert the starches into the flavorful sugars.
We only use the juice from the first pressing of the baked agave, and then slowly ferment the agaves, a process that requires approximately 72-96 hours. Although time-consuming, we remove all the agaves' fibers from the juice; a process similar to the making of fine red wine. We also only use naturally produced yeasts to start fermentation. Other brands use chemically prepared yeasts that are designed to speed up fermentation, reducing the process down to a mere 36 hours.
NOTE ( 06/2002 ) Zafarrancho is now listed at both Internet retailers. I don't know if this is due to recently discovered stockpiles or if Zafarrancho is back in the game. If you hear anything let me know.
( 11/02/2002 ) It was brought to my attention by a knowledgeable tequila fan that Zafarrancho does currently have a website. It appears to be maintained in Mexico by Impulsora Rombo, the producer of Tequila Zafarrancho. The old "ZTequila" site was probably maintained by the importer. Armed with this new info I did a little more digging and found out that Zafarrancho is now imported by "Vino! Importers" out of South Carolina. The Tequila Zafarrancho site is appropriately at www.tequilazafarrancho.com and may have actually been around for awhile as it does still list Mexicana Food & Spirits as the importer. The current importer also has a Zafarrancho page here: http://www.vino.com/company/portfolio/zafarrancho.asp
Thanks for the heads up Bob!