Sipping off the Cuff | Kimo Sabe Mezcal Joven

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Kimo Sabe Mezcal Joven: Albedo

Flavor notes:

  • Creamy smooth
  • Hints of fresh grass
  • Multi-dimensional smoke notes – extremely well-balanced
    • Slow roasting ham
    • Chipotle
    • Roasted pepper
    • Hint of white pepper
  • Semi-sweet chocolate
  • Lemon Citrus
  • Lemon Balm
  • Floral notes of chamomile
  • Sweet peppery agave finish

Story of alchemy and it’s use with our mezcal

Kimo-Sabe-Mezcal--241x300Kimo Sabe is muse to one’s imaginings, the start of a dream journey; Potentially an alchemical transformation as liquid turns your experience into gold. Don’t we all have a dream of being the next big hero? The common elements of a hero’s lifestyle are elegance, intrigue and a special kind of freedom bordering on mystic. Kimo Sabe speaks to that lifestyle.

The journey of the brand portrayed by the three levels of mezcal – Albedo, Rubedoand Azoth.

 

 

Sipping off the Cuff | Giggling Marlin Tequila Reposado

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gigglingmarlin_fullcolorJUST A LITTLE HISTORY ABOUT GIGGLING MARLIN…

  • The oldest and original bar in Cabo San Lucas.
  • The title “World Famous” is justified from the global activity and clientele that Cabo San Lucas see’s as it is known as a destination hot spot for vacationers.
  • Patrons from all over the world have been in the bar and have already reached out to us inquiring about the products availability.
  • We just celebrated our 30th Anniversary in Cabo San Lucas (2014) so longevity is not a question in regards to our business practices.
  • We have spent numerous years searching for the best tasting, smoothest finishing product.
  • We know the area, we call it home, and we have built relationships in Mexico that are irreplaceable!
  • We want to supply a product that will have people asking for more and we feel we have that with Giggling Marlin Tequila.

Sipping off the Cuff | Desmadre Tequila Anejo

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FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED

desmadreCasa Ramirez Distillery, a father and son team, began DesMaDre Tequila as a way to continue to offer a fine, hand-crafted, 100% de agave Tequila to its consumers. Recently introduced, it is gaining quickly in popularity everywhere. 

Each of our family Tequila recipes uses only the finest mature blue weber agave from “Los Altos” the highlands of Jalisco. Perfect levels of natural agave sugars and our own pure spring water, cooked slowly, double distilled combine for a fine tasting. The smoothness, body and texture of each sip is unsurpassed. Experience our quality for yourself. Ask for DesMaDre at your local favorite restaurant, bar, lounge or liquor market.

Sipping off the Cuff | Desmadre Tequila Reposado

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desmadreFAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED

Casa Ramirez Distillery, a father and son team, began DesMaDre Tequila as a way to continue to offer a fine, hand-crafted, 100% de agave Tequila to its consumers. Recently introduced, it is gaining quickly in popularity everywhere. 

Each of our family Tequila recipes uses only the finest mature blue weber agave from “Los Altos” the highlands of Jalisco. Perfect levels of natural agave sugars and our own pure spring water, cooked slowly, double distilled combine for a fine tasting. The smoothness, body and texture of each sip is unsurpassed. Experience our quality for yourself. Ask for DesMaDre at your local favorite restaurant, bar, lounge or liquor market.

Sipping off the Cuff | Desmadre Tequila Blanco

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desmadreFAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED

Casa Ramirez Distillery, a father and son team, began DesMaDre Tequila as a way to continue to offer a fine, hand-crafted, 100% de agave Tequila to its consumers. Recently introduced, it is gaining quickly in popularity everywhere. 

Each of our family Tequila recipes uses only the finest mature blue weber agave from “Los Altos” the highlands of Jalisco. Perfect levels of natural agave sugars and our own pure spring water, cooked slowly, double distilled combine for a fine tasting. The smoothness, body and texture of each sip is unsurpassed. Experience our quality for yourself. Ask for DesMaDre at your local favorite restaurant, bar, lounge or liquor market.

Sipping off the Cuff | Pasote Tequila Anejo

Tasting Notes

Añejo: Flavor of roasted agave for a harmonious aroma of vanilla and sweet coconut. The palate is decadently rich and velvety smooth, tasting predominantly of roasted oranges and cinnamon due to the long aging period. The finish is long, warm, toasty and sweet, but the agave always shines through in this bottle.

About Pasote

pasote-tequila-bottlesNewly released and handcrafted by the scion of a family that has been distilling tequila since the early 19th century, Pasote Tequila pays tribute to the Aztecs, who were the first to distill agave.

Don Felipe Camarena’s family has been distilling tequila in Jalisco since the early 19th century. After his ancestor’s original distillery was destroyed and abandoned during the Mexican Revolution, Don Felipe switched gears, selling his prized blue agave to other distilleries. In 1937, he was finally able to open his own distillery, La Alteña, which he passed down to his grandson, Felipe J. Camarena.

The younger Felilpe was trained as a civil engineer, and many years later in 2007, Felipe followed in his father’s footsteps by opening a distillery of his own: El Pandillo. At El Pandillo, Felipe has constructed a series of original machines to optimize energy use and perfect the art of tequila-making. After harvest, Felipe roasts his agaves in a stone oven equipped with steam jets — the jets ensure that the agaves are cooked as evenly as possible, cutting down on cooking time and increasing yields. Next, the roasted agaves are ground and pressed in two different machines (once again of

Felipe’s design) which extract sugars from the plants’ fibers, making everything more easily fermented into alcohol. Once distilled, the tequila is proofed with rainwater that is collected using a rooftop funnel which Felipe (unsurprisingly) installed himself.

pasoteHandcrafted by Felip J. Camarena at El Pandillo, Pasote Tequilas pay tribute to the first agave distillers: the Aztecs. The Aztecs were some of the most ferocious fighters in history, and they often celebrated their victories by drinking the sacred agave plant.

Pasote Blanco Tequila is bottled immediately after distillation. The tequila is marked by an herbaceous aroma of perfectly roasted agave, similar to celery root and lime. With an exquisitely soft mouthfeel, the palate opens with zesty citrus leading to a combination of salt, jicama, and taro root. The finish is long, clean, and ever so slightly prickly with white pepper. A minerality derived from the rainwater used during distillation anchors the overall taste of this tequila.

Pasote Reposado Tequila is aged for six months in American ex-bourbon barrels. It has a delicate, fruit-forward fragrance of peach and licorice, leading to a warming palate of peppered pineapple and vanilla. The finish is sweet, clean, and spritzed with a hint of pink grapefruit.

Pasote Añejo Tequila is aged for one year in American ex-bourbon barrels, which mellows the flavor of roasted agave for a harmonious aroma of vanilla and sweet coconut. The palate is decadently rich and velvety smooth, tasting predominantly of roasted oranges and cinnamon due to the long aging period. The finish is long, warm, toasty and sweet, but the agave always shines through in this bottle.

Sipping off the Cuff | Pasote Tequila Reposado

Tasting Notes

Reposado: Delicate, fruit-forward fragrance of peach and licorice, leading to a warming palate of peppered pineapple and vanilla. The finish is sweet, clean, and spritzed with a hint of pink grapefruit.

About Pasote

pasoteNewly released and handcrafted by the scion of a family that has been distilling tequila since the early 19th century, Pasote Tequila pays tribute to the Aztecs, who were the first to distill agave.

Don Felipe Camarena’s family has been distilling tequila in Jalisco since the early 19th century. After his ancestor’s original distillery was destroyed and abandoned during the Mexican Revolution, Don Felipe switched gears, selling his prized blue agave to other distilleries. In 1937, he was finally able to open his own distillery, La Alteña, which he passed down to his grandson, Felipe J. Camarena.

The younger Felilpe was trained as a civil engineer, and many years later in 2007, Felipe followed in his father’s footsteps by opening a distillery of his own: El Pandillo. At El Pandillo, Felipe has constructed a series of original machines to optimize energy use and perfect the art of tequila-making. After harvest, Felipe roasts his agaves in a stone oven equipped with steam jets — the jets ensure that the agaves are cooked as evenly as possible, cutting down on cooking time and increasing yields. Next, the roasted agaves are ground and pressed in two different machines (once again of

Felipe’s design) which extract sugars from the plants’ fibers, making everything more easily fermented into alcohol. Once distilled, the tequila is proofed with rainwater that is collected using a rooftop funnel which Felipe (unsurprisingly) installed himself.

pasote-tequila-bottlesHandcrafted by Felip J. Camarena at El Pandillo, Pasote Tequilas pay tribute to the first agave distillers: the Aztecs. The Aztecs were some of the most ferocious fighters in history, and they often celebrated their victories by drinking the sacred agave plant.

Pasote Blanco Tequila is bottled immediately after distillation. The tequila is marked by an herbaceous aroma of perfectly roasted agave, similar to celery root and lime. With an exquisitely soft mouthfeel, the palate opens with zesty citrus leading to a combination of salt, jicama, and taro root. The finish is long, clean, and ever so slightly prickly with white pepper. A minerality derived from the rainwater used during distillation anchors the overall taste of this tequila.

Pasote Reposado Tequila is aged for six months in American ex-bourbon barrels. It has a delicate, fruit-forward fragrance of peach and licorice, leading to a warming palate of peppered pineapple and vanilla. The finish is sweet, clean, and spritzed with a hint of pink grapefruit.

Pasote Añejo Tequila is aged for one year in American ex-bourbon barrels, which mellows the flavor of roasted agave for a harmonious aroma of vanilla and sweet coconut. The palate is decadently rich and velvety smooth, tasting predominantly of roasted oranges and cinnamon due to the long aging period. The finish is long, warm, toasty and sweet, but the agave always shines through in this bottle.

Sipping off the Cuff | Pasote Tequila Blanco

Tasting Notes

Blanco: Marked by an herbaceous aroma of perfectly roasted agave, similar to celery root and lime. With an exquisitely soft mouthfeel, the palate opens with zesty citrus leading to a combination of salt, jicama, and taro root. The finish is long, clean, and ever so slightly prickly with white pepper. A minerality derived from the rainwater used during distillation anchors the overall taste of this tequila.

About Pasote

Newly released and handcrafted by the scion of a family that has been distilling tequila since the early 19th century, Pasote Tequila pays tribute to the Aztecs, who were the first to distill agave.

Don Felipe Camarena’s family has been distilling tequila in Jalisco since the early 19th century. After his ancestor’s original distillery was destroyed and abandoned during the Mexican Revolution, Don Felipe switched gears, selling his prized blue agave to other distilleries. In 1937, he was finally able to open his own distillery, La Alteña, which he passed down to his grandson, Felipe J. Camarena.

pasote-tequila-bottlesThe younger Felilpe was trained as a civil engineer, and many years later in 2007, Felipe followed in his father’s footsteps by opening a distillery of his own: El Pandillo. At El Pandillo, Felipe has constructed a series of original machines to optimize energy use and perfect the art of tequila-making. After harvest, Felipe roasts his agaves in a stone oven equipped with steam jets — the jets ensure that the agaves are cooked as evenly as possible, cutting down on cooking time and increasing yields. Next, the roasted agaves are ground and pressed in two different machines (once again of Felipe’s design) which extract sugars from the plants’ fibers, making everything more easily fermented into alcohol. Once distilled, the tequila is proofed with rainwater that is collected using a rooftop funnel which Felipe (unsurprisingly) installed himself.

Handcrafted by Felip J. Camarena at El Pandillo, Pasote Tequilas pay tribute to the first agave distillers: the Aztecs. The Aztecs were some of the most ferocious fighters in history, and they often celebrated their victories by drinking the sacred agave plant.

pasotePasote Blanco Tequila is bottled immediately after distillation. The tequila is marked by an herbaceous aroma of perfectly roasted agave, similar to celery root and lime. With an exquisitely soft mouthfeel, the palate opens with zesty citrus leading to a combination of salt, jicama, and taro root. The finish is long, clean, and ever so slightly prickly with white pepper. A minerality derived from the rainwater used during distillation anchors the overall taste of this tequila.

Pasote Reposado Tequila is aged for six months in American ex-bourbon barrels. It has a delicate, fruit-forward fragrance of peach and licorice, leading to a warming palate of peppered pineapple and vanilla. The finish is sweet, clean, and spritzed with a hint of pink grapefruit.

Pasote Añejo Tequila is aged for one year in American ex-bourbon barrels, which mellows the flavor of roasted agave for a harmonious aroma of vanilla and sweet coconut. The palate is decadently rich and velvety smooth, tasting predominantly of roasted oranges and cinnamon due to the long aging period. The finish is long, warm, toasty and sweet, but the agave always shines through in this bottle.

We’ll Revel in Agave Spirits at 6Smith Tomorrow!

revel-6smithRevel Spirits are very unique agave spirits.  You’d understand if you’d tasted them!

If you haven’t tasted them yet, we heartily recommend you give they a try.

Since our reviews of Revel, we’ve discovered some delicious details about the spirit that agave geeks like us really appreciate:

  • Revel Spirits’ Agave plants are grown in the state of Morelos, Mexico
  • The soil is very rich with alkaline and the farms are very close to an active volcano, Popocatépetl
  • This soil has only been farmed for 15-20 years
  • The farms are run by Revel’s partner Héctor Ruiz and his family
  • Morelos soil is distinct from other regions of Mexico, creating a taste different from Tequila, even though Revel is made with 100% Blue Agave
  • REVEL currently uses only 100% Blue Weber agave.  They will have other brands to follow using different types of Agave plants

For the REVEL brand:

  • revel-6smith2Old school method: (some of their Piña’s are roasted)
  • Revel’s Piña’s are thrown into a pit filled with volcanic rock from the local volcano, covered with sand and leaves
  • Pipe is inserted into the middle of pit to release smoke (so it’s less smoky than Mezcal)
  • Piña’s are roasted for 48 hours covered and another 24 hours uncovered
  • New school method: (some of their Piña’s are steam heated)
  • Then the steamed and roasted Piña’s are blended
  • Shredded, Fermented, etc.
  • Then the product is triple distilled through column distillers
  • Which creates the Blanco
  • The Reposado is made from the Blanco placed in (once used) American Whisky oak barrels for one year.
  • The Añejo is made from the Blanco by inserting the Blanco into (new) French oak barrels for two years – which takes on a different complexity then the Reposado

 

 

Watch Tequila Aficionado’s networks for live streams and full video coverage of the Revel event at 6Smith in Wayzata, Minnesota, tomorrow!

Following are the previous reviews we’ve done of Revel’s Agave Spirits:

We were not compensated for these reviews but we did receive free product samples in exchange for honest, unbiased reviews.

 

 

 

Brands participating in Tequila Aficionado Tours, like Revel, are selected to participate based upon our interest in working with and promoting them.  We never endorse a brand we would not recommend to our mothers.  All participants in our tours pay a one-time sponsor fee to participate. #sponsored

Sipping off the Cuff | Scorpion Mezcal Anejo

Mike Morales & Rick Levy taste & discuss Scorpion Mezcal Anejo.

From the Scorpion Mezcal Website:

Scorpion Mezcal Añejo 5 Year

Sipping off the Cuff | Scorpion Mezcal Anejo http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4t2Highly Recommended, Spirit Journal.

Platinum Medal / 96 points, BTI.

Superb / Highly Recommended, Wine Enthusiast.

(100% Agave, 750 ml, 40% abv)Rare limited edition French glass decanter with stopper

Beautiful golden amber color. Intense aromas of roasted pineapple, raw honey, vanilla, caramel, cinnamon bark, fresh herbs, and smoldering embers. A rich, lush entry leads to a massive, off-dry full-bodied palate of roasted agave, grilled pineapple, wildflower honey, oiled leather, charred oak, exotic peppercorns, and brown spices. Finishes with a long, sweet fade of toffee, peppery spice, and smoky oak. Amazingly complex, balanced, and utterly delicious. BTI

The medium amber/harvest gold color is attractive and pure. The first nosings pick up intriguing, if oddly compelling notes of quinine, burnt match and furniture polish; additional time in the glass brings out deeper scents, especially onion, brine, olives, and damp earth. The palate entry is sooty, sweet, and close to creamy; at midpalate, the taste profile turns zesty, oaky sweet, charcoal-like, and, on the whole, savory. Finishes bittersweet and caramel-like. Nice job. F. Paul Pacults’ Spirit Journal

Appearance: Interesting gold / amber color in the bottle – about the same color as a bourbon (but not a scotch) of the same age. A honey oak or smokey brown color.

First Impression: Brine, phenol, mesquite sap, salt.

Taste: Brine, herbs de Provence, salt, smoke, oily, almost like duck fat cooked over a smoky wood fire- saltpeter/niter, alkali, slick mouth feel, almost paradoxical sweet/bitter and definite viscosity.Spirits Review

Caballeros Inc. recently introduced these very special, limited edition, rare bottlings of 100% agave mezcal aged in oak barrels. Besides the difference in age, Scorpion Mezcal® Reserva Añejo 5 Year is double distilled and Scorpion Mezcal® Gran Reserva Añejo 7 Year is triple distilled. Each is bottled in heavy French glass with the signature scorpion at the bottom (inside) of each hand-numbered bottle. Special super-sized scorpions were included in these unique editions to the Scorpion Mezcal® family of products.

Out of 52 tequilas and mezcals reviewed at the 2005 Beverage Testing Institute’s International Review of Spirits, both the Scorpion Mezcal® Reserva Añejo 5 Year and Scorpion Mezcal® Gran Reserva Añejo 7 Year, were awarded Platinum medals and given a score of 96 and 97 respectively. The BTI also considered both spirits to be of “Superlative” quality.

This award-winning Scorpion Mezcal® Reserva 5 Year Old is a rare limited edition mezcal in a French glass decanter with a scorpion in every bottle. This Special Reserve spends 5 years aging in oak barrels of less than 200 liters. Singel barrel bottlings of our aged products ensures premium quality mezcal.