ALEX: You are watching Sipping Off the Cuff on TequilaAficionado.com. Also, probably Youtube, on our Youtube Channel. I’m Alex Perez.
MIKE: I’m Mike Morales, here in beautiful San Antonio, where the surf meets the turf. *laughing*
MIKE: And Alex, you just returned from Habana, is that it? Or…? *laughing*
ALEX: Uh… soon, soon.
MIKE: Flor de la suerte. We’re not going to do any rum tonight, thank goodness, but we are doing Goza Tequila.
ALEX: Goza Tequila.
MIKE: Vamos a gozar esta noche. We are going to have a good time.
MIKE: Look at the – look at the – look at this packaging, Alex.
ALEX: It’s a good-looking bottle, yeah.
MIKE: Yeah. They, they’re very – if you look at the Day of the Dead symbol there, you know. It’s got some wings on it. Beautiful coloring too, the blanco has blue you’ll see the repo and the anejo later on, we’re going to be doing those. These – this particular company, Alex, this brand is based in Georgia.
MIKE: In Atlanta. Which – don’t laugh! The South, the South-East is becoming a quiet little hot bed for tequila.
MIKE. We’re talking about Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, of course, and all points in between. So, these are – the owner is Mr. Gluck, I – did we say Jacob Gluck, I think? Is the gentleman who’s the CEO. Look at the POS on this too, isn’t that cool?
ALEX: Good looking stuff.
MIKE: Yeah, very nicely done, Jacob Gluck.
ALEX: Alright the cocktails, got some cocktails on there.
MIKE: Yeah, you got some cocktails. They spared no expense for some very, very nice point of sale material. And we’re going to be doing the blanco this evening. This is the distillery, just so we can get that information out. We – Alex, you and I have had tequila from 1479 before.
ALEX: That’s right.
MIKE: And you might remember this was early on in our SOTC we did Nuestro Orgullo Tequila.
ALEX: I remember that.
MIKE: And this is from the same distillery. We loved it! We love the blanco, I think at some point they may have had a problem with the reposado and the anejo, Nuestro Orgullo, but this is a brand-new recipe with Goza.
MIKE: These guys, they’re 3 young guys who went out and just, you know, took the bull by the horns. You can find them online.
ALEX: Yep, they got a –
MIKE: Facebook, they’re also on Twitter and Instagram. Follow them on Instagram! There’s beautiful photography that they’re doing, and some really neat stuff.
ALEX: They got a nice-looking website too.
MIKE: Yeah, the website’s – everything that they’ve done has been first class, it really has. And they’re stuff is not boring to read. Off camera, Alex was reading: ‘Well, what do you know, somebody’s reading a brochure about tequila’. That’s how it starts.
MIKE: So, these guys obviously have a sense of humor, right? And they have some nice table tents, too. If you’re ever in a restaurant down below. As a matter of fact, if you’re watching this, and you’re watching in the Southeast, and you’ve had Goza, don’t be afraid – subscribe to our YouTube channel down below and give us your comments. Tell us how you like this tequila, what you like about it, what you don’t like – if you’ve met the owners themselves. We’re going to tell you what we think right now.
ALEX: Yeah, or where you found it! We’d love to know where you found it; was your experience in a restaurant, bar.
MIKE: Was it a flight…
ALEX: Very cool.
MIKE: …was it part of a cocktail, you know.
ALEX: They got a good-looking cocktail on their website I’d like to try.
MIKE: Which one?
ALEX: It’s their Mayan Mule.
MIKE: The Mayan Mule?
ALEX: So, we’ve got Ginger beer, we’re obviously with some lime juice – with some juice of lime – or lime, some fresh squeezed lime.
MIKE: That’s easy for you to say! *laughing*
ALEX: Some tequila and a couple dashes of mangos, true or bitter. So…hey! Very nice!
MIKE: Mule! The Mule, sounds like it’ll have a kick to it.
ALEX: Yeah, it’s got a – obviously it’s clear.
MIKE: I really like the – when I, when we had Nuestro Orgullo from that same distillery, I really enjoyed the blanco, it was a real kick-butt blanco. And this one is almost as pristine. Nice legs too, Alex.
ALEX: Yeah, it really is.
MIKE: Nice legs on this one.
ALEX: It is chiny.
ALEX: And this one, as soon as I poured it, coming out of the bottle into the glass, you can get a real nice bouquet.
ALEX: The roasted agave, I get a lot of roasted agave on the nose.
ALEX: And some hot pepper too… Or white pepper, I should say.
ALEX: So, it’s got a pleasant nose. You can tell there’s some good alcohol content in there too.
MIKE: Yeah, there is. It already, it already, it’s aggressive on the nose, and you know, I – it’s an aggressive nose so be aware of that.
ALEX: That’s nice, Mike.
MIKE: (spits) Excuse me. We do use spit buckets here, boys and girls. We do several of these a night, and to do this properly, you don’t want to drink anything. Not all the ones that we do all night long, so, spitting is allowed.
ALEX: It’s got a really nice mouth feel.
MIKE: It’s got a heavy structure, really, it really – the little bit that I tasted, it’s got… I want to say, like a caramelized agave? Maybe?
ALEX: I think you’re probably – it’s like a little hint of vanilla in there.
MIKE: That’s, maybe that’s what it is.
ALEX: Right on the sides of my tongue.
MIKE: Alex, it’s got a big strong finish, too.
ALEX: Yeah, which is unusual, because it’s not an aged tequila.
MIKE: No, no.
ALEX: It’s very pleasant.
MIKE: It’s double distilled. As they say in the back: a little goes a long way! They’ve been doing a lot of their own promo videos on Instagram lately. They’re rather funny. They interviewed 9 women. They gave them, they gave them bottles of Goza and the gals would tell us, they would tell them what tequila means to them, or what it makes them do.
MIKE: And it doesn’t make them, you know, it doesn’t make your clothes fall off or anything like that. They’re actually very, very funny. So, you might want to check them out on their Instagram, and also probably on their Youtube channel as well.
*smelling & tasting*
MIKE: I like this, Alex. This is really a nice – you know, the fact that they have so many cocktails listed, and – you know, that seems to be if you look at the graphics, it seems to be where they were headed to begin with.
Mike: They were really cocktail-conscious. And really, in the South, from what I’ve seen from all indications, the cocktail culture is really leading the way in that area, and these guys just jumped on it, you know. Jacob and his partners jumped on that idea. They had the Goza Gimlet, the Blank Stare, wow. The Old-Fashioned-ish, Goza Nuts, and the Skinny Dip. These guys, I’m telling you, these guys have it right; they’re having fun. If you look at their, again, if you look at their Instagram or their Facebook, they do a lot of things. They’re having a lot of fun with their brand, and obviously Alex, that seems to break down a lot of barriers, you know, where that’s concerned. But really, it’s a first class look.
MIKE: I want to nominate it just on looks alone, Alex. Just on the, on packaging for a Brands of Promise, I think they’re just gorgeous bottles. They’re frosted, they’re, you know – If you look at some of the pictures, they look great with a bottle glorifier on the bottom.
ALEX: Oh yeah, that would look neat.
MIKE: Yeah, so…
ALEX: Let’s try it!
MIKE: Yeah – Let’s do it!
ALEX: *laughing* You knew I was going to do that.
MIKE: I know. Go! Do the music. You got to do the music! *laughing*
ALEX: I got the music. There you go!
MIKE: Check it out! ¡Mira!
ALEX: IPhone glorifier!
MIKE: IPhone glorifier!
ALEX: It’s a go! No trouble with you.
MIKE: This is a, it’s got really medium to long finish. But I – I’m enjoying it, Alex. I think that blanco on its own, because of the flavor profile, and it will lend itself – Yeah, they send us a lot of the extra stuff.
ALEX: It’s a, it’s a nice sipper, too Mike.
MIKE: Check it out, mira!
ALEX: I’d like – I’d like to nominate it as a Brand of Promise.
MIKE: The Goza shot glass. I agree with you, I think it is very worthy of a Brand of Promise. It’s a very, very strong contender.
ALEX: Actually, it’s evolving a little bit in the glass, too.
MIKE: I get all kinds of things in here. I was getting like I say, a caramelized agave, almost like a burnt agave a little bit.
ALEX: Like you said, on the palate you’re getting a little touch of vanilla, some fruit also. I can’t…
ALEX: I can’t pinpoint it but…
MIKE: But then you’re right about the white pepper. Then that’s on the back end.
MIKE: So, you’re getting that on the back end. It’s a, you know what, it’s a full bodied blanco, man.
MIKE: This is a full body blanco. Obviously, it will shine on any cocktail, but like you said Alex, I think it’s a very worthy sipper, so… Brand of Promise I think, Brand of Promise Nominee. I want to nominate it also for packaging. Because I think it really really lends itself to the club scene.
ALEX: My bottle lights up.
MIKE: Your bottle – yeah, well, some of us don’t have iPhones. *laughing*
ALEX: *laughing* Good stuff.
MIKE: Anyhow, I’m Mike Morales here in San Antonio.
ALEX: I’m Alex Perez, you’ve been watching Sipping Off the Cuff on Tequila Aficionado.com. You’re probably watching us on Youtube. Subscribe to us, let us know what you think about Goza Tequila. We’d love to hear about it. And as always, sip wisely.