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Sipping Off the Cuff: Espolon Anejo

Espolon Anejo – Finished in Bourbon Barrels

espolonTequila Aficionado’s Alexander Perez and Mike Morales taste and discuss the new Espolon Anejo presented by Campari and explain why they feel it deserves to be nominated as a 2014 Brand of Promise.

 

 

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Master Distiller Cirilo Oropeza has taken his beloved Espolòn Tequila to new heights with his latest experiment gone incredibly right — Espolòn  Añejo. To put a creative mark on the world of Añejo tequilas, award-winning Espolòn aged tequila did the unexpected — a traditional Añejo with an Espolòn twist. In using a technique pioneered by Oropeza himself, the first of its kind in Mexico, this innovative process takes white oak-aged tequila and finishes it for two to three months in heavily charred American bourbon barrels allowing the liquid to take on the complex, rich flavor for which bourbon whiskey is famous. Brought to the United States for the first time by Espolòn Tequila, Espolòn Añejo is now available to stir things up.

Master Distiller Cirilo Oropeza brings multiple decades of expertise to the craftsmanship of Espolòn, applying as much artistry to the liquid as is found on the label. The traditional Día de Los Muertos-style imagery on each bottle depicts significant moments in Mexican history and pays homage to the brave men and women who fought to establish modern day Mexico. The Espolòn Añejo bottle celebrates the Jarabe de Jalisco, now considered the national dance of Mexico, also known as Mexican Hat Dance. A liquid inspired by the risqué performance banned by 19th century Mexican authorities for being controversial, Espolòn stirs things up to create a truly revolutionary Añejo. ~ BevNet

 

Sipping Off The Cuff: Trianon Tequila Anejo

trianon tequila, anejo, tequila aficionadoTequila Aficionado’s Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Trianon Tequila Anejo and explain why they’ve nominated it as a 2014 Brand of Promise.

“If you’re looking for a tequila with personality and depth, look no further than Trianon Tequila.  This is an unabashedly unadulterated, old school tequila for true tequila lovers.” ~Lisa Pietsch, Tequila Aficionado 

Trianon Tequila Anejo

Trianon tequila prides itself on using no automated equipment instead choosing traditional, batch distillation methods to produce their tequila. Theirs is an estate tequila in that they grown their own agave in the volcanic soil of Amatitan in Jalisco.

Trianon Tequila Anejo

We age our Blanco a full eighteen months in specially made American and French oak barrels to make Trianon Añejo. Because that’s how long it takes to strike the perfect balance between the taste of oak and agave. We could stop at 12 months like other makers—but by now you know that’s not the Trianon way. Aging longer allows the oak’s rich flavor to reach its full expression, perfectly complimenting the true agave taste of our tequila. With its warm, amber color and sweet aroma, our Añejo is best savored neat.

 

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Sipping Off The Cuff: Trianon Reposado Tequila

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Tequila Aficionado’s Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Trianon Tequila Reposado and explain why they’ve nominated it as a 2014 Brand of Promise.

“If you’re looking for a tequila with personality and depth, look no further than Trianon Tequila.  This is an unabashedly unadulterated, old school tequila for true tequila lovers.” ~Lisa Pietsch, Tequila Aficionado 

 

 

Trianon Tequila Reposado

Our family takes great care to make each of our tequilas the same way we have for generations—by hand. We think that’s the only way to make tequila that captures the true taste of blue agave. So, that’s what you’ll find in every bottle of Trianon: True agave taste with a smooth and satisfying finish. Try all three expressions of Trianon and discover the true taste of tequila for yourself.

The remarkable success of our Reposado is owed to beginning with our uncompromising Blanco. The transformation occurs when we rest our Blanco in specially made American and French Oak barrels for six months—four months longer than Mexican law requires. The result is a true agave taste and smoothness combined with complex notes of aged oak.

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Sipping Off The Cuff: Tequila Trianon Blanco

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Tequila Aficionado’s Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Trianon Tequila Blanco and explain why they’ve nominated it as a 2014 Brand of Promise.

 

Trianon Blanco

Trianon Blanco’s incomparably smooth taste is made possible only through the sacrifice of both the head and tail of the tequila. By bottling only the virgin distilled heart of Blue Weber Agave, our Blanco captures the truest tequila taste–untainted by any hint of the biting alcohols found in other tequilas. Its clarity and purity makes it the choice of connoisseurs and the foundation of our award-winning Reposado and Añejo.

“If you’re looking for a tequila with personality and depth, look no further than Trianon Tequila.  This is an unabashedly unadulterated, old school tequila for true tequila lovers.” ~Lisa Pietsch, Tequila Aficionado 

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Tequila Aficionado hosted Trianon Tequila at our first ever Twitter Tequila Chat.  It was a great afternoon of tequila talk with the owners of Trianon and tequila aficionados from all over the world.  For more information on Trianon Tequila, see our #TequilaChat with Trianon here.


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Sipping Off The Cuff: Calavera Tequila Anejo

Tequila Aficionado’s Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Calavera Tequila Anejo and explain why they’ve nominated it as a 2014 Brand of Promise.

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About Calavera Tequila

Calavera Tequila distillery is located in the heart of Mexico’s premier agave growing and tequila producing region:  Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico.

Calavera Tequila combines the best of old traditions with the latest technology, producing next-generation artisan tequilas. The master distiller utilizes traditional slow bake brick ovens & autoclaves to cook the blue agave hearts, and traditional mills (molinos) to extract the juices from the Agave. Calavera Tequila ferments with natural occurring yeast, and distillation takes place in old-fashioned pot stills. All water is processed through an ultra-modern system of reverse osmosis, de-ionization, and ultra violet bacteria eliminating lights, followed by two types of filtration.

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The History of Calavera Sugar Skulls

Sugar art was brought to the Americas in the 17th century by Italian missionaries.  Having renounced wealth, the friars turned to the local artisan community for help creating religious decorations for festivals.  Sugar, a staple of the region, was use to make these artifacts because of the look of glass it created.  Artists sculpted angels, the Virgin Mary and the famously known “Sugar Skulls”.  Sugar skulls represented a departed soul whose name was written on the forehead so it could be placed on their Ofrenda or gravestone to honor the return of their spirit.  Labor intensive, colorfully hand painted and beautifully adorned, very few of these are made by the skilled sugar skull makers.  For that reason we are privilege to present these works of art as the Calavera Tequila brand bottles.


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