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Lunazul Blanco Review by Steve Coomes

I’m always surprised when someone watches me pour a spirit from a bottle, sip it straight and then shoots me a look that implies I’m a drunk or a daredevil.  “Don’t you want to mix it first?” such inquisitors ask. “I mean, it’s kind of harsh just straight, isn’t it?” Well, of course, it can […]

Dia de los Muertos Tour Schedule

The Dia de los Muertos Tour is even bigger and better than we imagined!  We’re exploring the great Southwest! First we’ll pay homage to the wonderful creatures who come alive at night to pollenate the desert flora, including agave, then we’ll move on to another one of nature’s wonders, The Grand Canyon. Here’s our tour […]

Expo Tequila Tijuana 2015

The fifteenth annual Expo Tequila will be held on Tijuana’s famous Avenida Revolución from October 14th through the 18th. Since its inception, this event has been used by the industry to introduce new brands and to test the U.S. market, so there’s always something new and rare to find. This year promises to be the […]

Matt Metras Reviews Tequila 21 Silver

Our friend Matt Metras graciously provided a guest review of Tequila 21 Silver for Tequila Aficionado. Have you tried Tequila 21 yet? If so, what did you think of it?  If not, would you try it based on Matt’s review? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!   With observations like “smooth” […]

Who Was Margarita?

From the Vault Apr 10, 2003 Who was Margarita? A Celebrity, Showgirl or Socialite? NEW YORK, Apr 10, 2003 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The origins of the world’s great cocktails are often shrouded in mystery and as hotly disputed as certain national borders. This is certainly true of the Margarita — the magical concoction from south […]

Mezcal and Dogmatism in Oaxaca: Acknowledge Other Points of View (Part 7 of 7)

Dogmatism sometimes gets the better of us.  When we’re teaching about the culture of mezcal, it is sometimes very easy to exaggerate and mis-state, by finding fact where there is none.  And when we’re preaching to the uninformed, we sometimes forget that there is always fact-checking.  The uninitiated will not always take what is stated […]

Mezcal and Dogmatism in Oaxaca: Glasses, Cups, Jícaras & Clay (Part 6 of 7)

It’s hard to dispute that a vessel made of glass is the best medium for drinking mezcal, or any liquid for that matter, because it is neutral. Similarly I would suggest, at least for mezcal, a small half gourd or jicarita arguably provides imbibers with a shape which optimally enables their spirit to open prior […]

Mezcal and Dogmatism in Oaxaca: Agave Species (Part 5 of 7)

“Tobalá [Agave potatorum] is a wild agave; tepeztate [Agave marmorata] takes 35 years to grow.” Yes some, but certainly not all of the mezcal made with the former uses wild tobalá, and some tepeztate no doubt takes 35 years to mature.  But such statements, made as hard-fast truths not subject to discussion, bandied about by […]

Mezcal and Dogmatism in Oaxaca: Alcohol by Volume (Part 4 of 7)

Telling consumers that they should only drink mezcal between 45% and 55% ABV (alcohol by volume) has become somewhat acceptable practice in Oaxaca mezcalerías.  While most artisanal mezcals are within that range, there are excellent products both below and above the “norm.” Spirits consumers who are accustomed to drinking quality yet commercial tequilas or scotches at […]

Mezcal and Dogmatism in Oaxaca: The Cocktail Craze (Part 3 of 7)

I’ve read that the worst way to bastardize mezcal is to use it in a cocktail. Since publication that author has graciously tempered his dogmatism, likely after having realized that promoting mezcal as an ingredient in cocktails helps everyone in the broader alcohol consumption industry. Some bartenders still believe that it is not worth it to use a high quality expensive mezcal […]