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Sipping Off The Cuff: Senda Real Reposado

M.A. “Mike” Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Senda Real Reposado and explain why they chose it as a 2014 Brands of Promise Nominee.

Glass Bottom Distributors Chose Senda Real Tequila

Glass Bottom Distributors LLC was co-founded by cousins, Arturo Lomeli Ibarra, Humberto Ibarra, and good friend Sergio Estrada Luna in December of 2012. All three wanted to share their enthusiasm for premium quality tequilas. After many conversations they soon came to the realization that they shared the same vision: To import and distribute only the best premium tequila that the great state of Jalisco, Mexico, has to offer.

It all started with one bottle, one brand “Tequila Senda Real”.

Since then, Glass Bottom Distributors LLC has focused on importing and distributing only the finest premium tequila. Their warehouse is centrally located in Los Angeles, California, where they distribute across the state of California. They carefully select their products in order to offer what they find to be the best in quality & value.

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Sipping Off The Cuff: Senda Real Silver Tequila

Senda Real Silver Tequila

senda real, tequila, silver, blancoMike Morales and Alex Perez taste a discuss Senda Real Silver and explain why they have nominated it for the 2014 Brands of Promise Awards.

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Sipping Off The Cuff: Moda Tequila

Moda Tequila – Black Reposado

Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Moda Tequila, the black reposado.

According to Moda Tequila:

“Our Story… In Mexico there is a drink named Charro Negro, or Black Charro, made with tequila, lemon, salt, and a splash of cola to color it dark. For many years our Master Distiller envisioned creating tequila modeled on his favorite drink, the Charro. His idea was to bring the special dark color naturally and directly to the tequila itself and with it a dynamic new flavor. 

Working for decades in a tequila factory in the heart of Mexican agave country, Jalisco, had given our Master Distiller a nose for what makes tequila special. The key, he found, lies in the aging process. He set about testing a new procurement and maturation progression, laboring to find the perfect combination of taste and unique color. Perfectionism comes with the price of time. After four years of trial and error, the Master’s vision was finally born out in the ultra premium purity of Moda Tequila.

Moda is the world’s only Ultra Premium tequila with a deep black color. Its soft amber hues foreshadow the woody savor to follow.

Our methodology: first we cure our Reposado 100% Blue Agave in a charred white oak barrel, eliciting the unique color and flavor. We then further age it for nine months. Finally we amalgamate the refined three-year aged Extra Aejo, adding our signature triple internal roasting process. 

The result is our proprietary blend of these two tequila classes. The short-term aged zest of Reposado and the seasoned, complex flavor of Extra-Aejo yields the best of both worlds of the maturation process. This all-natural crafting method, unique to the world of tequila, has made it possible to achieve a singular color and taste without artificial coloration.”

 

 

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Sipping Off The Cuff: Diva Tequila

diva, diva tequila, diva del bravoDiva Del Bravo Tequila is a citrus infused blanco tequila with distinctive packaging.  M.A. “Mike” Morales and Alexander Perez taste and discuss this infusion and explain why they feel it merits a nomination to the 2014 Brands of Promise Awards.

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Read more about Diva Tequila in the Tequila Aficionado Test Kitchen.

Look for Sipping Diva with Saranna DeWylde coming soon.

Read Steve Coomes’ reviews of Del Bravo’s Penasco Tequila Varietals:

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Sipping Off The Cuff: Malinalli Extra Anejo

Malinalli Extra Anejo Tequila

Malinalli Extra Anejo Tequila is the subject of this week’s Sipping Off The Cuff program.  See for yourself why M.A. “Mike” Morales and Alexander Perez selected it as a 2014 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Nominee.

 

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Malinalli’s mythical legacy has solidified her as a key historical figure in the creation of contemporary Mexican national identity. Born into a noble family and later enslaved in her youth, Malinalli was renowned for her beauty and graciousness. These qualities ushered her into the inner circle of the Spanish explorer and conquistador Hernan Cortés.  Read more about this historic woman here.

 

Malinalli Extra Anejo Tequila Tasting Notes

 

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Appearance: Pretty, bright, straw yellow/gold color. Flawlessly clean and pure.

Aroma: Pleasantly vegetal and herbal (sage, thyme); low-to-medium saline; steamed asparagus. Slight bit of oakiness emerges with further air contact.Vanilla bean now as potent as the vegetal agave fiber fragrance; peppery (green).

Taste: Oak-influenced vanilla bean is rampant at the early in-mouth stage; plus there is a modicum of green vegetable presence as the saltiness subsides.Big vanilla custard flavor is bolstered by green pepper (jalapeño now) and oaky resins.Delightfully rich and creamy, but neither unctuous nor syrupy.There’s a slight hint of smokiness/cigar box in the aftertaste and adds a nice finishing touch.

Overall: Elegant, rich, properly zesty, salty, and herbaceous, the oak doesn’t eclipse the natural agave charm as happens in some Extra Añejos.

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