Tequila Tasting Tonight!

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Tequila Tasting

For those of you familiar with our tequila tasting program, Sipping Off The Cuff, we’re filming today!

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How Much is Enough?

24 bottles of agave goodness are lined up and ready to offer themselves to M.A. “Mike” Morales and Alexander Perez for tastings.  This table is laid out with some beautiful juice!  Look for Sipping off the Cuff, every Friday, until we run out of tequila!


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Tonight’s Stars

Some of tonight’s stars include Gaviota

(click here to see where they got the name),

Demetrio, Dulce Dorado, Whispering EyeEl Silencio Mezcal, Penasco, Bonita, Avion, and more!

See anything you like?



Tequila News!

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Tequila News For Aficionados

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NOM List: Tequila Brands List (31 Mar 2014)

Tequila Brands Updated

nom list, tequila, gnome list   Our updated list of distilleries and tequila brands “Nom List”, as of 31 March 2014, is now available for download in both PDF and Excel formats. Click on any of the underlined items within the list to be taken directly to our reviews, articles, tasting notes and features on each tequila brand.

Tequila Brands Old & New

nom list Each of our NOM Lists contains the names and information of brands that have previously appeared on NOM lists in the past but have since been dropped by the CRT. Pinpointing your treasure bottles has never been easier! Please understand that this list is not a comprehensive list of every tequila brand ever made. We make every effort to be sure it is as accurate as possible from the time we at Tequila Aficionado Media began publishing our lists in 2013.   lime shortage, tequila, nom list


Click to download the format of your choice:

31 March 2014 NOM List in PDF format

31 March 2014 NOM List in Excel format

Click on any RED link within the NOM list to see the Tequila Aficionado articles and reviews on that brand.

*Color Coding*

  • Brands highlighted in Green are recent additions (see comment on Excel spreadsheet for first shown date)
  • Brands highlighted in Red did not appear on the current list (see comment on Excel spreadsheet for last shown date)

Editor’s Note: There are significant inconsistencies in this latest nom list.  Use caution when speculating on the state of the market based upon nom list information alone.  It is my suspicion that the delay in producing the nom list and multiple inconsistencies may be due to a change in personnel at the CRT rather than an eroding marketplace.

Mexican drug cartel behind lime shortage in U.S.; margaritas feel pinch

Hard times in Margaritaville: skyrocketing lime prices slam Mexican restaurants and bars. Cartel violence in the Mexican state of Michocan, plus floods and tree disease, have driven costs of the green citrus to an all-time high.  Read more here.


Sipping Off The Cuff™ with Piedra Azul Reposado

Piedra Azul Reposado

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Our Reposado rests for four months in oak barrels which impart rich flavors of caramel and vanilla that soften to a smooth, honey finish. Easily enjoyed on its own or as a complement to a premium cocktail.

Authentic tequila crafted from 100% blue agave weber, Piedra Azul is named for the prized gem, Turquoise; in tribute to our ancient Mexican ancestors who considered the Turquoise stone a sacred emblem of power, luck and protection.  The distillery, La Madrileña,  was founded in 1911 in Tototlan, Jalisco.  Known for producing the finest blue agave tequilas, they remain true to Mexican tradition and take pride in the fine quality of their tequilas.  Enjoy our tequilas on their own or as a complement to your favorite premium cocktail.


COLOR Clear, with a bright golden hue

AROMA Vanilla and fresh, sweet earth
complemented by a hint of citrus

TASTE Notes of citrus excellently balanced with
a smooth finish of caramel and honey

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Special Contribution from Cocktails for a Crowd, by author Kara Newman

12 oz (1 1/2 cups) Piedra Azul Blanco Tequila
6 oz (3/4 cup) creme de cassis
4 oz (1/2 cup) freshly squeezed lime juice
4 cups ice cubes
16 oz (2 cups) ginger beer
8 lime wheels, for garnish


In a pitcher that holds at least 10 cups, combine the Piedra Azul Blanco Tequila, creme de cassis, and lime juice and stir until thoroughly blended.

Add the ice and stir well to chill. Add the ginger beer and stir gently.

To serve, pour into tall glasses, such as Collins glasses, and garnish with lime wheels.

Find more drink and delicious food recipes at http://piedraazultequila.com


Founder’s Feature: Interview with Martin Grassl of Porfidio

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Founder’s Features

During Tequila Aficionado’s restructuring in 2o13, we took a complete inventory of all the content we had created over the years and found that many historically significant items had never made it into the previous incarnations of the Tequila Aficionado website.  Now, as we embark on Tequila Aficionado’s 15th year, we are expanding our content offerings with new contributors and new media as Tequila Aficionado Media.

The Best of Old and New

Look for more classic, exclusive interviews like this one with Martin Grassl of Porfidio coming soon to Tequila Aficionado.


Alexander Perez, Founder of Tequila Aficionado, interviews Martin Grassl of Porfidio.

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