Sipping Off The Cuff: Malinalli Extra Anejo

Malinalli Extra Anejo Tequila

Malinalli Extra Anejo Tequila is the subject of this week’s Sipping Off The Cuff program.  See for yourself why M.A. “Mike” Morales and Alexander Perez selected it as a 2014 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Nominee.

 

Find Malinalli Tequila online here.

Malinalli’s mythical legacy has solidified her as a key historical figure in the creation of contemporary Mexican national identity. Born into a noble family and later enslaved in her youth, Malinalli was renowned for her beauty and graciousness. These qualities ushered her into the inner circle of the Spanish explorer and conquistador Hernan Cortés.  Read more about this historic woman here.

 

Malinalli Extra Anejo Tequila Tasting Notes

 

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Appearance: Pretty, bright, straw yellow/gold color. Flawlessly clean and pure.

Aroma: Pleasantly vegetal and herbal (sage, thyme); low-to-medium saline; steamed asparagus. Slight bit of oakiness emerges with further air contact.Vanilla bean now as potent as the vegetal agave fiber fragrance; peppery (green).

Taste: Oak-influenced vanilla bean is rampant at the early in-mouth stage; plus there is a modicum of green vegetable presence as the saltiness subsides.Big vanilla custard flavor is bolstered by green pepper (jalapeño now) and oaky resins.Delightfully rich and creamy, but neither unctuous nor syrupy.There’s a slight hint of smokiness/cigar box in the aftertaste and adds a nice finishing touch.

Overall: Elegant, rich, properly zesty, salty, and herbaceous, the oak doesn’t eclipse the natural agave charm as happens in some Extra Añejos.

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Embajador Tequila – Newest Member of the Flight of Sites

Welcome to Embajador Tequila!

embajador, tequila, tequila aficionadoPlease join us in welcoming Embajador Tequila to the Tequila Aficionado Flight of Sites!

Embajador Tequila has the distinction of being the very first tequila brand to join the Flight of Sites since it’s inception in December 2013.  The Flight of Sites is a free program exclusive to Tequila Aficionado.  If you haven’t heard about it yet, please visit this page to find out more.

From Embajador:

We are a family who is motivated and inspired by the idea of crafting superior quality and distinguished Tequila. Embajador is produced in small batches to focus on the brands consistency and quality principles. We produce Embajador using only 100% Blue Weber Agave that is grown on our estate located in Atotonilco in the highlands (Los Altos) of Jalisco, Mexico. This region in the valley of the Highlands of Jalisco is distinctive with its nutrient rich soil, along with a natural spring water aquifer that runs through our land, which is the essence that gives Embajador its distinguished characteristics. 

We will not sacrifice the honored value of our methods or the superiority of our Agaves for mass production. We will not cut corners to meet new demand and boost the bottom lines. Our handcrafted methodology and patience is honored and fully committed to producing superior quality Tequila. 

embajador, tequila, mayahuelOur goal is to craft a brand that will always be consistent in aroma, taste and quality. We want Embajador Tequila to be here for generations to come, some 200+ years. The dedicated commitment to quality measures at each step of the production of Embajador is one that  will define our core strategic sales and marketing goals. We will establish Embajador for steady growth in the high-end premium category over the next 3, 5 and 10 years. 

This is not a sprint race for us, but more of a marathon and we are taking the proper steps to condition ourselves to achieve a strong successful presence in the US and Global market within the High-End Premium Tequila Category. 
  

After all, we are the Embajador (Ambassador) of Mexico.

 

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Tequila Nom List (7 July 2014) and Some Chingon

Some more of the music we’ve chosen for our Quinceanera - Malagueña Salerosa, chingonized!

chingon, del castilloChingon was formed by film director Robert Rodriguez to record songs for his 2003 film Once Upon a Time in Mexico. They contributed to Mexico and Mariachis, a compilation album to Rodriguez’ Mariachi Trilogy, and released their debut album, Mexican Spaghetti Western, in 2004. The band’s name comes from a Mexican slang term, chingón, loosely but closely enough meaning “badass” and/or “awesome”.

Chingon also contributed the song “Malagueña Salerosa” to Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Volume 2 — which Rodriguez scored — and a live performance by the band was included on the film’s DVD release. They also contributed to the soundtrack for his next film, a collaboration with Tarantino, Grindhouse, doing a cover of the film’s opening theme, re-titling it “Cherry’s Dance of Death”. Rodríguez plays guitar in the band. The band has also made an appearance on “George Buys a Vow”, an episode of the US sitcom George Lopez. More on Wikipedia here.

Find out more about Del Castillo, the band as they are without Robert Rodriguez, at their website here.

 

 

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. nom listPinpointing 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.

Click to download the format of your choice:

7 July 2014 NOM List in PDF format

7 July 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)
  • Brands highlighted in Blue are suspected of using a diffusor in production.

 

 

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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.

Find El Silencio online: TwitterYouTube –  InstagramFacebook

 

 

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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Honoring the Jimadores & One Famous Jimadora

Una Jimadora Famosa

Continuing with our Quinceanera celebration, we pay homage to the jimadores and present the most famous jimadora ever, Senora Angelica Rivera, heroine of the telenovela Destilando Amor, singing Gaviota.

 

Tequila Distilleries & Brands Updated

gaviota, Quinceanera, jimador, destilando amor, jimadoraOur updated list of tequila distilleries and brands, the “Nom List”, as of 30 June 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.

Destilando Amor and the Jimadora

Montalvo, Gaviota, and El Jimador are all represented in our nom list.  Do you know the significance of each brand as they relate to Destilando Amor?

 

Tequila Brands Old & New

gaviota, Quinceanera, jimador, destilando amor, jimadoraEach 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.

Click to download the format of your choice: gaviota, Quinceanera, jimador, destilando amor, jimadora

30 June 2014 NOM List in PDF format

30 June 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)
  • Brands highlighted in Blue are suspected of using a diffusor in production.

 

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