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A Truckload of Agave – Agave Spirits, That Is

Agave Spirits Everywhere!

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Agave piñas, agave spirits

 

 

If you’ve been following Tequila Aficionado Media closely, you may have noticed a lull in the weekly Sipping Off The Cuff ™  episodes that traditionally have aired every Friday.

As you may know, every tequila, mezcal or sotol label that submits samples for Sipping Off The Cuff ™ is automatically entered into our ground-breaking end-of-year Brands of Promise ™ awards program.

 

We’ve Got Our Work Cut Out for Us 

test pattern, agave spirits, tequilaAfter an unprecedented amount of entries to our Brands of Promise ™  awards, and the flabbergasting influx of new tequila and mezcal brands with fabulous juice in 2014 (and some unforeseen technical difficulties in our post production department that were beyond our control), Sipping Off The Cuff ™ returns with a vengeance.

 

Coming In Hot

agave spirits, tequilaStarting this week, our post production department is backing up the truck and dumping a huge load of agave onto your screens.

Until virtually the end of 2014, brand-spanking new episodes of Sipping Off The Cuff ™ will premier–

Daily!

tequila reviews, agave spiritsLook for your favorite–or start up or little known–tequila or mezcal brands to be deconstructed, dissected and discussed by our Founder, Alex Perez, and CEO Mike Morales.

Plus…

We’re planning some surprise guest hosts to star with Mike on special episodes of Sipping Off The Cuff ™ that will be taped from some of the more popular and trendy tequila bars around the country.

Sipping Off The Cuff ™–On Demand!

 

Fast and Furious, agave spiritsDon’t worry if you miss a chapter or two of these upcoming reviews with Alex and Mike.

They’ll be coming in fast and furious till the end of the year, but you can always catch up by subscribing to our YouTube channel, as well as following TequilaAficionado.com’s Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages.

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Sipping Off The Cuff: El Silencio Mezcal

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el silencio mezcalEl Silencio Mezcal

In this episode of Sipping Off The Cuff, Tequila Aficionado’s Alexander Perez and Mike Morales introduce our first official Mezcal tasting (look for Sotols coming soon too) of 2014 with El Silencio Mezcal.  This promises to be a year filled with delicious mezcals and we are pleased to kick it off with Brand of Promise Nominee El Silencio.

 

From El Silencio Online:

Mezcal El Silencio is a premium “joven” 100% Agave blend or “ensemble”. Using only the finest and carefully selected 10-12 year old Agave, it is handmade in small batches to be smooth, elegant, and delightfully complex.

Our joven “silver” Mezcal combines the aroma of sundried vegetables, leather, dried fruit, and sweet smoke, becoming the first choice of both connoisseurs and social drinkers alike. El Silencio is a sipping Mezcal, yet mixes flawlessly into hand crafted cocktails. Each bottle is individually labeled, numbered, and signed by our Master Mezcalier.

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Look for many more Mezcals coming in the 2nd half of 2014 at Tequila Aficionado Media!

Mezcal
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mezcal, or mescal, is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the maguey plant (a form of agave, Agave americana) native to Mexico. The word mezcal comes from Nahuatl mexcalli and ixcalli which means “oven-cooked agave”.

The maguey grows in many parts of Mexico, though most mezcal is made in Oaxaca. There is a saying attributed to Oaxaca regarding the drink: “para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien también” (“for everything bad, mezcal; for everything good, the same”).

It is unclear whether distilled drinks were produced in Mexico before the Spanish Conquest. The Spaniards were introduced to native fermented drinks such as pulque, also made from the maguey plant. Soon the conquistadors began experimenting with the maguey plant to find a way to make a distillable fermented mash. The result was mezcal.

Today, mezcal is still made from the heart of the maguey plant, called the “piña”, much the same way it was 200 years ago, in most places. In Mexico, mezcal is generally consumed straight and has a strong smoky flavor. Though mezcal is not as popular as tequila (a mezcal made specifically from the blue agave in select regions of the country), Mexico does export the product, mostly to Japan and the United States, and exports are growing.

Despite the similar name, mezcal does not contain mescaline or other psychedelic substances.


 

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2013 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise, Best In Show

2013 Brands of Promise for Best In Show

The first annual Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Awards announcements are finally over.  We finish with the awards for the tequilas that proved to be Best in Show.  So many excellent brands were nominated for the 2013 Brands of Promise Awards but only 3 could be awarded medals for Best in Show.

Thank you to all the brands who sent in their samples for reviews on Sipping Off The Cuff.  Entry is currently open for the 2014 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Awards, so get your samples in to us soon.  2014 promises to be a very full year and we may even have tougher competition than last year, but we feel up to the challenge if you are!

 

 

Suerte

GOLD 2013

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suerte-anejo, best in show

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Tapatio

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SILVER 2013

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Viva Mexico

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BRONZE 2013

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Congratulations to all of the 2013 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Award Winners.  We enjoyed every last sip!

Thank you for joining us.  You can look forward to new episodes of Sipping Off The Cuff coming next week when we begin announcing nominees for the 2014 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Awards.

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2013 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise, Best Packaging

2013 Brands of Promise for Best Packaging

The first annual Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Awards are here! See the 2013 nominees and find out who the big winners were for their creative, classic and innovative packaging.

Thank you to all the brands who sent in their samples for reviews on Sipping Off The Cuff.

Look for Best in Show coming tomorrow!

Amor Mio

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GOLD 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tequila Amor Mío was conceived from the idea of spreading this to the world, using two words and a product that consists of everything that Mexico brings about and is made of. The bottle is a blend of the art of glass blowing and pottery, two typical handcrafts recognized within the nation and worldwide, while its content is Mexico’s most popular drink: tequila, which, in turn, represents the country’s history. This is how Tequila Amor Mío was born.

And because of this Tequila Amor Mío is much more than history, art and tradition: it is a symbol of love for our country.

Our bottles are made and hand painted by skilled artisans.

Majolica Pottery was brought to Mexico by the Spanish in the sixteenth century. Since then, the mexican potters adapted it to their taste, creating a distinct style, both fresh and spontaneous. Its preparation technique, the ancient forms used, the type of decoration and, in general, the manual process itself, makes this the only craft ceramic that —once disappeared— has come to rescue with all the features that gave life to it centuries ago.

We recover our crafts and traditions.

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Blue Nectar

SILVER 2013

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A good tequila requires a connoisseur’s eye. A great tequila, an artist’s touch. Blue Nectar® Tequila began with a simple, driving passion to create small-batch artisan tequila products with flavors uniquely their own, yet universally renowned.

It starts with our Maestro Jimadors, who patiently walk the blue agave fields of Jalisco, Mexico, hand selecting each plant that will be cooked and pressed to release the tantalizing juices held within. It continues with our Maestro Tequilero who carefully oversees the crafting of our three 100% blue agave expressions. His efforts can be seen in each of the three distillations that ensure Blue Nectar Silver achieves clean, crisp perfection. His ingenuity can be tasted in the delicate blend of reposado and limited production extra añejo tequila that creates Blue Nectar Reposado. And his skill can be admired during the infusion of spices to a relaxed, bourbon-barrel-aged tequila to craft the rich, layered flavor of Blue Nectar Special Reserve.

This is respect for the ingredients and love of the craft. This is premium tequila honed by devout connoisseurs and interpreted by gifted artisans. This is tradition redefined.

 

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Cabeza

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BRONZE 2013

 

 

 

 

 

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2013 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise, Food

LimaRita Tequila Lime Sorbet

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LimaRita Tequila Lime Sorbet is the only choice for a gold medal.  Nothing else compares!

We had never tasted anything like this.

The LimaRita Tequila Lime Sorbet was delicious, light but satisfying, and presented perfectly!  Read our original review of this delicious product here.

 

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Out in Nature, no two limes are ever alike. However, in a perfectly ripe one, the taste of the juice and tart pulp is something akin to biting into sunlight. Limes are the definition of acid and bitter, with a popping hint of sweetness and a pleading beg for sugar and salt.

Limarita sorbet brings that consistent kick of fresh lime juice to the forefront, balanced with rich, earthy brilliance of a fine tequila, a little salt and a touch of sweetness. The recipe took years to develop, but once it was perfect, they chose to package LimaRita in the most natural of forms – a simple, frozen lime shell.

LimaRita brings you a dessert experience unlike anything you’ve ever tried before. One taste brings you to summer… to a beach… a pitcher of Margaritas and a great group of friends.

Out in Nature, no two limes are ever alike. Out in Nature, nothing is perfect. Mother Nature never made sorbet.

The LimaRita Story

LimaRita founder and creator Paul Cantatore has always had a passion for Italy. Even though he was born and raised in New York City, he’s Italian by heritage – Sicilian on his mother’s side and his father’s family is from Bari. In his early 20’s Paul traveled to Milan to study the production of gelato and sorbet firsthand, from the men and women who created and perfected the art.

His studies started with a family in Milan who owned a factory just outside of the city, producing the raw ingredients for gelato – food sources like pistachio paste, tiramisu  and creme brulee. They invited Paul to join them in 1996, to learn the truly artisan way of crafting fine gelato and sorbet. This company began producing Italy’s famous frozen desserts back in 1929, and it’s still a family-run operation today. He eventually returned to America to spread this knowledge throughout his own country via consulting on ice cream, gelato and sorbet operations, sharing his own recipes with others. Over the years, Paul Cantatore advised and helped open more than 100 retail & wholesale outlets around the United States.

LimaRita launched in 2012 and it is absolutely a personal passion project – born from years of studying and teaching this classic dessert art. An entire year was devoted to sourcing raw ingredients. From Spain – which is one of the only few places in the world with factories to properly hollow and de-pulp a lime shell – to Mexico, with her traditions in the production of truly exquisite tequilas. Paul then sent samples to mixologists all over the country for their thoughts on the recipe, as well as chefs he greatly respects and admires. Behind LimaRita and at the core of Paul’s philosophy on food, there is an adamant belief in quality and fresh ingredients. He believes that food has soul and should be respected and treated properly. You will experience a dessert that is both palate-cleansing and instantly memorable – packaged in its original lime shell, courtesy of Mother Nature.

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