Tequila Aficionado Talks Glassware on Blab

Just in time for the holidays!  On Sunday, November 22nd at 9pm Central, Tequila Aficionado will host a live Blab.  We’ll discuss the importance of and differences in glassware with special guest Martin Duffy of Glencairn Glassware.  We look forward to hearing from you on your own glassware preferences when drinking agave spirits.

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How to Choose the Right Tequila Glassware

Join Tequila Aficionado Media on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 9PM CST as Alex Perez and Mike Morales Blab about proper tequila glassware with Martin Duffy, exclusive US representative of the historic Glencairn Chrystal of Scotland.

Riedel Launches the Tequila Glass

As Tequila Aficionado Media first reported in November of 2001, and shared with you again from our vault in the summer of 2015, tenth generation glassmaker Georg J. Riedel presented the perfect tequila tasting glass–the Riedel Ouverture Tequila Glass–at an exclusive ceremony in one of Mexico’s most renowned luxury hotels.

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The over 250 year old Riedel Wine Glass Company, in concert with several prestigious members of the CRT and Casa Noble tequila were involved in its development.

The introduction of the Riedel Ouverture Tequila Glass would serve to elevate the image of tequila from a beverage strictly consumed in shots to an elegant spirit worthy of sipping and savoring.

Originally designed for reposados in mind, the Riedel Ouverture Tequila Glass over the years has been revered by the likes of Master Distiller Germán González as a valuable tasting and nosing tool, and reviled by others as an inadequate vessel to judge the nuances and characteristics of agave spirits.

Many in the industry have questioned why separate glassware hasn’t been produced for each of the agave growing regions, much like the wine and spirits regions of Bordeaux and Cognac.  Tasting and nosing glasses for Atotonilco, Amatitán, Arandas, el valle de Tequila (Tequila Valley), and all points in between should be represented with their own custom stemware.

With all the talk about terroir in tequila and mezcal these days, using proper glassware to discern specific regional characteristics of top notch juice is vitally important.

But, which glasses are the right ones?  What else is out there?

Let’s Blab About Tequila Glassware

Join Tequila Aficionado Media right here on our website on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 9PM CST when founder, Alex Perez and CEO, Mike Morales blab about other viable options in tequila and mezcal glassware with Martin Duffy, the exclusive representative of the famed Glencairn Chrystal in the US.

On the eve of the 14th anniversary of the introduction of the Tequila Glass, discover other alternatives in glassware to enhance your enjoyment of tequila, mezcal and all agave spirits.

Sipping off the Cuff: Route 66 Tequila Reposado

Mike and Alex taste and discuss Del Bravo’s Route 66 which will rev the engines of motorcycle lovers & haters alike.  “It’s charming, it’s chiny, and it tastes real good!” says Alex.

Sipping off the Cuff: Mamalon Tequila Blanco

Mike & Alex taste & discuss Mamalon tequila blanco, the latest from La Cofradia.

Sipping off the Cuff: Cabrito Tequila Reposado

Mike & Alex taste and discuss Cabrito Tequila Reposado and why we should love the goat.


Sipping off the Cuff: Cabrito Tequila Blanco

Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Cabrito Tequila Blanco and why we should never hate the goat.

Sipping off the Cuff: Montelobos Mezcal Joven

Mike & Alex taste and discuss Montelobos Mezcal Joven, a certified organic mezcal with a unique flavor profile.


montelobos, mezcal, jovenAbout:

Montelobos es un mezcal artesanal hecho en Santiago Matatlán Oaxaca que utiliza exclusivamente maguey espadín orgánico certificado. Mezcal Montelobos nace de la visión y la pasión de Iván Saldaña, experto en maguey y mezcal, respetando fielmente los métodos tradicionales de producción, la sustentabilidad y la calidad de vida de las comunidades y las familias que han producido esta bebida durante generaciones. El resultado es un producto de balance y complejidad extraordinaria gracias a una perfecta integración entre los sabores de agave, notas de fermentación y humo. Mezcal Montelobos es producido por Casa Montelobos, empresa 100% mexicana, dedicada a promover, educar y comercializar mezcal. Para obtener más información acerca de Montelobos, por favor visite nuestra página de Facebook. Para aprender más sobre mezcal, por favor visite la Anatomía del Mezcal.
Montelobos is an artisanal mezcal made in Santiago Matatlán Oaxaca produced with 100% organically certified agave espadín. Our mezcal is meticulously crafted by world renowned agave expert Iván Saldaña. It is made according to his vision and passion for agave and artisanal mezcal with respect for traditional production methods, sustainability, and the quality of life in the communities and families who have produced mezcal for generations. Montelobos achieves extraordinary balance and complexity through a bold integration between agave, fermentation notes and smoke. Montelobos Mezcal is proudly produced by Casa Montelobos, a Mexican company based in Oaxaca and Mexico City. For more information about Montelobos, please visit our Facebook page and look for our complete website to launch soon. For additional perspectives about mezcal, please visit The Anatomy of Mezcal.

Sipping off the Cuff: Lunazul Primero

Mike & Alex taste and discuss Lunazul Primero Tequila and why they feel it is a Brand of Promise.


lunazul, primero, heaven hillAbout Lunazul Primero:

Añejo tequila that’s aged in American white oak barrels for 18 months.

Tasting Notes

Filtered eight times to achieve a crystal clear color.

  • Aroma: Complex aroma with sweet, oak, caramel, apple, and floral notes. It embraces the perfect balance found in rare, handcrafted spirits.
  • Taste: Full body and mouth with cooked agave, oak, aniseed, citrus, caramel, cinnamon, and eucalyptus notes. Pleasant and smooth on the palate.
  • Finish: Wonderfully balanced with clean flavors and a long, lingering, spicy finish.

Heaven Hill Distilleries Launches Lunazul Primero Tequila

10441Newest Addition to 100% Agave Lunazul Tequila family is Clear Añejo Tequila

BARDSTOWN, KY – The newest addition to the 100% Agave Lunazul Tequila family is Lunazul Primero. Filtered eight times to achieve a crystal clear color, Primero is a unique Añejo Tequila with flawless color and unusual maturity.

The entire family of small batch Lunazul Tequilas are estate grown, distilled and bottled in the heart of Tequila country by Tierra de Agaves. Lunazul’s spirit of hand-crafted perfection is reflected in Lunazul Primero as the Master Distiller carefully ages the Añejo in order to attain the flavors earned through 18 months of maturation. The filtering process then balances those flavors with the crispness of agave sugars seen in Blanco. The result is crisp Tequila that retains the oak notes and smoothness of a barrel aged Tequila.

“Lunazul Primero reflects the growing passion for variety among Tequila consumers,” said Reid Hafer, Senior Brand Manager, Lunazul Tequila. “Whether it is aging, proof or filtering, Tequila offerings are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Primero delivers on the cutting-edge of innovation with incredible quality.”

Lunazul Tequila is among the best-selling and the most critically-acclaimed 100% Agave Tequilas in the category. The Lunazul Tequilas have been honored with Double Gold recognition at the San Francisco Spirits  Competition and as Category Finalists at the Ultimate Spirits Competition. Further, the brand is regularly recognized as Impact “Hot Prospect” and Beverage Information Group “Rising Stars.”

Lunazul Primero is available at $24.99.  Lunazul Tequilas are available in four varieties, Blanco, Reposado, Añejo and Primero.  Blanco and Reposado are available in 1.75 liter, 1.0 liter, 1.0 bar liter, 750 ml and 50 ml sizes, while the Añejo and Primero are available in the 750ml size only.  All are bottled at 40% alcohol by volume. Learn more atwww.lunazultequila.com.

Founded in 1934, Bardstown, KY-based Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. (www.heavenhill.com) is the nation’s largest independent, family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer and the world’s second-largest holder of Kentucky Bourbon. Heaven Hill’s diversified portfolio of brands includes Evan Williams Bourbon; Burnett’s Vodkas and Gin; HPNOTIQ and HPNOTIQ Harmonie Liqueurs; Admiral Nelson’s and Blackheart Rums; The Christian Brothers Brandies; PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur; Lunazul Tequila and Rittenhouse Rye Whisky.  Heaven Hill reminds you to “Think Wisely.  Drink Wisely.”


Sipping off the Cuff: Lunazul Blanco

Mike & Alex taste and discuss Lunazul Tequila Blanco and why they feel it is a Brand of Promise.


About Lunazul Blanco

lunazul, blanco, tequila, heaven hillCrystal clear, un-aged tequila that allows its 100% agave flavor to shine. This is tequila at its simplest.

Tasting Notes

Exceptionally smooth and balanced with bright color and silver highlights.

  • Aroma: Refreshing fruity nose exhibiting tropical and apple notes with a healthy dose of salt and citrus, similar to that of fresh agave.
  • Taste: The palate is semi-viscous and peppery with ripe fruit tones giving way to crisp citrus notes and a hint of vanilla.
  • Finish: Wonderfully balanced finish with long lasting citrusy, peppery, and herbaceous notes.

The Mexican Wolf

Lunazul means “Blue Moon” and the Mexican wolf has always played a vital role in our identity. Mysterious and resourceful, the independent spirit of the wolf resonates in everything we do. We’re proud to partner with NATURALIA, a non-profit organization that promotes the conservation of Mexico’s ecosystems and wild species such as the Mexican Wolf through outreach, education and fieldwork. Together, Naturalia and Lunazul believe that when you’re good to your lands, your lands are good to you.

Find Lunazul on Facebook here.


Sipping Off The Cuff: Amaras Mezcal Joven

Mike & Alex taste and discuss Amaras Mezcal/Amores Mezcal Joven and why they feel it is a Brand of Promise.


The main objective of Mezcal Amaras/Amores is to raise awareness around mezcal and its culture, to inspire through our philosophy and to achieve a broad up-to-date perception of Mexico around the world. For Amores producing mezcal is best described as an alchemist process, so much time and energy go into the making, thus producing a beverage full of spirit.



“A project founded with love”. The brand Mezcal Amaras/Amores was founded in 2010 by a group of friends who, after making several trips to different mezcal producing states in the country, developed a deep rooted love for these regions and this magical spirit. They became immersed in a world that surrounded them in traditions, tastes and smells. These experiences inspired them to create a product that encompasses their passion for and devotion to the roots of Mexico.

Their search for the perfect mezcal led them to explore the mezcal producing lands of: Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Oaxaca, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas. While exploring these regions, they saw how hard the people in the fields and in the palenques worked. It made them realize that if they had success in finding the right mezcal, they could also help the people of this region have a better way of life. Thus was born the Philosophy of Mezcal Amores.

“The idea was to find a smooth and balanced mezcal that kept the flavor characteristics traditional to mezcal. After a year they were able to define a product that met all their expectations”.


Find Mezcal Amaras online here and also on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.