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Gateway Tequilas Explained

What is a Gateway Tequila?

gateway tequila, dulce dorado, tequila“Gateway Tequila” is a term that is often used by Alex Perez and Mike Morales when describing infused, diffused, or otherwise altered tequilas.  In my education as a tequila drinker, I’ve tasted quite a few different tequilas.  Some were sugar-coated and lingered long after a sip while others were warm and dry with a long finish to savor.  I’ve come to the point in my own education where I enjoy the long, warm finish but some women (and men) still need a little something sweet as they learn to sip agave spirits.

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Everyone Starts Somewhere

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Alex Perez and Mike Morales explain here why, during Sipping Off The Cuff, they judge some tequilas to be “Gateway Tequilas”.


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Coming Soon! Sipping Tequila with Author Saranna DeWylde

Sipping with Saranna DeWylde

M.A. “Mike” Morales discusses an upcoming feature in Lisa’s series, The Education of a Tequila Drinker, where we introduce Author Saranna DeWylde to the joys of sipping Tequila.



Look for this program where Lisa Pietsch and M.A. “Mike” Morales sip and discuss Diva Tequila, Avion Espresso, Acumbaro, and Avion Reserva 44 with Saranna DeWylde coming soon!


About Saranna DeWylde


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Saranna De Wylde has always been fascinated by things better left in the dark. She wrote her first story after watching The Exorcist at a slumber party. Since then, she’s published horror, romance and narrative nonfiction. Like all writers, Saranna has held a variety of jobs, from operations supervisor for an airline, to an assistant for a call girl, to a corrections officer. But like Hemingway said, “Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.” So she traded in her cuffs for a full-time keyboard. She loves to hear from her readers.



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TV rights to her memoir SWEET HELL ON FIRE: A MEMOIR OF THE PRISON I WORKED IN AND THE PRISON I LIVED IN, the true story of the author’s time as a corrections officer in a maximum security prison for men, have been sold to CBS Television Studios with Kennedy/Marshall (LINCOLN, THE BOURNE LEGACY) producing, by Sean Daily at Hotchkiss and Associates on behalf of Deidre Knight at The Knight Agency.


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The Education of a Tequila Drinker – Ladies Talk

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About The Education of Tequila Drinkers

As with any education, we understand that not everyone gets it completely correct the first time out.  Every tequila aficionado has experienced a learning curve.  If you’re new to tequila, understand that it is a complex spirit and takes time and experience to fully appreciate.  If you’re a long-time aficionado, be patient with those who are new to tequila and answer their questions as best you can so that someday, they too can enjoy tequila as much as you do.


The Education of a Tequila Drinker in Canterbury, England


the demon gin, blog, humor, england, sinead hannaSinead Hanna, owner of The Demon Gin blog, wrote a great story about her education as a tequila drinker and attending her very first tequila tasting.  Sinead is from Canterbury, England, and has a dry sense of humor with a warm finish that we really enjoyed.  We hope you will too.

Tequila Tasting I Will Go 

An email arrives in my folder. It reads: “You have won a place at our exclusive members’ only tequila tasting event at Club Burrito.”
I stare at the screen for a long time.
I can’t imagine this is a random coincidence, given me penchant for blogging about local things and supporting local businesses.
But seriously…free booze? For ME? This is like asking The Joker to watch your massive pile of weapons and maps to Batman’s house while you nip to the toilet.  Read the rest of her adventure here.

Be sure to check her out online too: Website – Facebook – Twitter – Instagram


The Education of a Tequila Drinker in Toronto, Canada


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In this blog, she tells us about her visit and some of the things she learned at Reposado Bar in Toronto.

Tequila Hotspot: Reposado Bar

Reposado Bar was one of the inspirations for me to start my blog. It’s stylish, cozy, popular and absolutely stacked with a wonderful variation of tequilas.

It’s been proclaimed as one of Toronto’s Favourite Bars, by citizens and critics alike, so you can imagine my pleasure and excitement at the chance to spend some time hanging out at the bar and talk shop with Reposado’s co-owner & tequila connoisseur, Sandy MacFadyen.  Read more here.

Be sure to check her out online too: WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram


Look for our upcoming tequila tasting with tequila virgin turned aficionado, bestselling author Saranna DeWylde, coming soon! 



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Tequila 101 with Pam Atherton & Mike Morales

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It’s one of the most expensive spirits in the world, and probably the most misunderstood. Tequila journalistMike Morales educates us on the history, background and proper way to enjoy tequila.

We learn that tequila comes from a lily, not a cactus…that tequila can only come from a specific area in Mexico, or it can’t be called tequila. We learn that if there’s a worm in it, it’s NOT tequila! And Mike shares his recipe for the perfect margarita!

Click here to hear Pam Atherton’s interview with Tequila Aficionado’s M.A. “Mike” Morales.


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The Diffusor in Tequila Production: Are They Cheating?

The Diffusor in a Recent Twitter Conversation:

A thought provoking question was asked via Twitter about the use of diffusors in tequila production.

For the uninitiated, diffusors are used to efficiently extract the starches from harvested agave piñas that are subsequently cooked and distilled to make mass produced tequila.  To purists, its use is blasphemy because it strips the tequila of character and results in something akin to vodka.

Furthermore, its use is usually kept under wraps by those distilleries who would prefer to let their marketing departments lead you to believe that they still produce tequila the “old fashioned way” without shortcuts.

Case in point is this following Twitter conversation:


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More Questions Than Answers

Now, not only are we left to wonder who’s zooming who on whether or not Herradura uses a diffusor, but we feel the need to question the reasons for using a diffusor, who has been known to use it in the past and who may still be using it to eek out the most juice from their agave.

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And this link on revealing tequila trends written in 2012 by freelance spirits writer, Emma Janzen.


Additional discussions on Linkedin proved informative:

  • International Business Manager at Jorge Salles Cuervo y Sucesores S.A. de C.V:

    Eventhough I do not like that Diffusers are used, I think that using it is not cheating. It is a new way to produce Tequila, that is approved by law and obviously will do no harm to whom may drik it. Any way the consumer that drink Tequila that has been produced with a Diffuser are aiming at a Low Cost and Low Quality product that cannot be compared to one that has been elaborated in a traditional method, which will give a much better flavour and quality.

  • Owner/CEO at Corazon Azul Spirits, LLC.

    Jorge Antonio Salles is right on his answer, the use of Diffusers in the production of tequila will just yield a lower quality product in very large quantities but it is not cheating, although they are not largely used in the industry, only the big producers due to the cost and operation are able to buy them and put them into production, however they do also produce a product called innulina which is the sugar extracted from the Agave pine and recent studies claim this product as a weight loosing agent and reducer of sugar levels in the human system thus reducing the chances of developing diabetes.

  • Distilled Spirits Head Dragon and Broker / Marketer / Sipper of Artisanal Spirits

    Nice bust on Herradura. LOL! :)

  • Tequilero at

    While visiting Herradura in 2012, I asked the question. I believe the reply was yes, they were using the diffuser to produce their Pepe Lopez brand. They export a lot of it.

  • Chief Executive Officer at Tequila Aficionado Media

    They have also been known to use it on El Jimador, and have since stopped using it on Herradura.

    Some purists still believe they do, however, when old Herradura is compared to modern (Brown-Forman) Herradura.

  • Gerente General en Luna Spirits SA de CV

    In my opinion when the distillers used diffusers they are Cheating on self, why? One thing is the letter of the law and other is the spirits of the law.
    When the distillers use a difusser, they accomplish the letter of the law despite to be an approved method to distill, but its only proposal is obtain more quantity of alcohol, the quality is secondary and this kind of producer need to “adjust” the flavor with external agents (advocantes), approved method too, but in my opinion, they are not part of the natural process.
    When the distillers use a pot distill, they do it as flavor quest, to obtain the best profile possible with the natural components of the fermented agave juice, adjusting distill conditions, they follow the spirit of the law. And the quality is their first goal.
    In my opinion the secret to do a real tequila is: Work in the process be careful and responsible, like you are the owner of the distillery and obtain a product with a exceptional quality, assuming you the final consumer role.

  • Chief Executive Officer at Tequila Aficionado Media

    Beautifully said, Don Modesto!



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