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20 Reasons Why USA Today’s Craft Tequilas List Failed

Let’s Review… In a previous post, I enumerated my reasons for  dreading my participation in USA Today’s 10 Best Craft Tequila list. In my experience, something inevitably goes awry with these sorts of “listicles,” and it usually starts with the editor. Contrary to the galloping propaganda disseminated by some press releases, there were no additional … Read more20 Reasons Why USA Today’s Craft Tequilas List Failed

Get on the Mike with Mike!

We’re currently scheduling video auditions/interviews.  We have a big season coming up in 2017 and need a whole team of reviewers to co-host Sipping Off the Cuff.   If you would work for tequila and want to learn more about tequila, mezcal, sotol, or other agave spirits on the job, we want to hear from … Read moreGet on the Mike with Mike!

Sipping Off The Cuff | Tequila 512 Anejo

Mike Morales & Rick Levy taste and discuss Tequila 512 Anejo on this episode of Sipping off the Cuff. SCOTT WILLIS WENT TO JALISCO IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT ANYTIME TEQUILA. HE RETURNED WITH 512. In Austin, tequila isn’t saved for special occasions. It’s a standard go-to. It’s one of the many things Scott loves … Read moreSipping Off The Cuff | Tequila 512 Anejo

Kansas Is A Hotbed For Agave Spirits

[From September 11 to October 2, 2016, Tequila Aficionado Media, sponsored by 34 expressions representing 21 brands, embarked on a monumental RV road show dubbed, The Heartland Tour.  In these next passages, we recount the historic–and epic–highlights.  Felipe’s Mexican Restaurant provided us with no payment, but the food was well worth it!  *FTC Disclosure: Brands … Read moreKansas Is A Hotbed For Agave Spirits

Sipping off the Cuff | Muchote Tequila Reposado

Rick Levy and Mike Morales melt into gushing fanboys over Muchote Tequila Reposado. From the Website:  Muchote Reposado Premium Tequila, is made by Feliciano Vivanco y Asociados, in Los Altos, Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico. The Vivanco family have been agaveros, growing agave for five generations. The Vivanco 800 acre Los Altos farms are known for rich … Read moreSipping off the Cuff | Muchote Tequila Reposado

Heartland Tour Tasting in Kansas Leads to Distribution Deals

[The spirits that traveled with us were paid sponsors of the Tequila Aficionado Heartland Tour and paid a nominal fee to be mentioned here and on our networks as we saw fit.  Felipe’s Restaurant provided us with no payment but the food was well worth it.  We were hungry.]  Our Friends at Felipe’s The Lujano … Read moreHeartland Tour Tasting in Kansas Leads to Distribution Deals

One With Life at Bracken Cave

 [From September 11 to October 2, 2016, Tequila Aficionado Media, sponsored by 34 expressions representing 21 brands, embarked on an epic RV road show dubbed, The Heartland Tour.  In these next passages, we recount the historic–and epic–highlights.  *FTC Disclosure: Brands appearing on the Tequila Aficionado Dia de Los Muertos & Heartland Tour had to be … Read moreOne With Life at Bracken Cave

Sipping off the Cuff | Kimo Sabe Mezcal Reposado

Find Kimo Sabe Online Kimo Sabe Mezcal Reposado: Rubedo Flavor notes: Rounded elegance Roasted Almond Madagascar Vanilla Shaved toasted coconut Honey chamomile tea Christmas Spice finish Story of alchemy and it’s use with our mezcal Kimo Sabe is muse to one’s imaginings, the start of a dream journey; Potentially an alchemical transformation as liquid turns … Read moreSipping off the Cuff | Kimo Sabe Mezcal Reposado

Sipping off the Cuff | Kimo Sabe Mezcal Joven

Find Kimo Sabe Online 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 … Read moreSipping off the Cuff | Kimo Sabe Mezcal Joven