The Education of a Tequila Drinker – Ladies Talk

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 … Read more

The Education of a Tequila Drinker: Destilando Amor

You’re probably wondering what a telenovella has to do with the Education of a Tequila Drinker.  Well, I’ll tell you.  But first, a bit of backstory: I’m not a follower of network soap operas.  Yes, I cut my teeth on As the World Turns and Guiding Light because my mother watched them.  This is how … Read more

The Education of a Tequila Drinker: Varietals

Originally posted on December 29, 2012 at For those of you who may not have noticed, I’m a pretty big fan of tequila.  To me, it is a food group!  It is also a topic that my brother and I will discuss at great length and provides a special connection for siblings who live … Read more

The Education of a Tequila Drinker

Coming soon to Tequila Aficionado: The Education of a Tequila Drinker Exclusive to Tequila Aficionado: one woman’s long journey from making poor choices at the liquor store and shooting mixtos to becoming a 100% agave Tequila Aficionado. AFICIONADO: a·fi·ci·o·na·do əˌfiSH(ē)əˈnädō,əˌfisyə-/ noun noun: aficionado; plural noun: aficionados 1. a person who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic … Read more

Jose Cuervo Black & The Education of a Tequila Drinker

Hello, As you know Jose Cuervo quit making their Black Medallion label product. Could you recommend a close match that I can get here in Tennessee? The description: Jose Cuervo Black Color:        Deep Amber Hue Aroma:    Toasted oak, cinnamon, red apple, cocoa, coffee Flavor:    Sweet, toasted oak, subtle agave notes Finish:    Warm … Read more

Knowledge and Education of Tequila Consumers

Clayton and Kent discuss the level of tequila consumer knowledge and education in the Pacific Northwest for Never miss and article or review again – Subscribe now! * indicates required Email Address * Email Format html text View previous newsletters. Learn all about tequila from field to glass and then get paid to share … Read more

2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Download our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide and simply click on any product to buy a special gift for the tequila aficionado in your life! Whether you’re looking for great brands to pour over the holidays, the Tequila Aficionado version of the Ugly Holiday Sweater or just a tee shirt, books, educational materials, or even glassware, … Read more

Traditional Mezcal: The Myth and Its Dissemination

By Alvin Gary Starkman, M.A., J.D. Most of them have been drinking mezcal for less than a decade, have researched in only a cursory manner if at all, and/or don’t live in Oaxaca but rather visit for a week or so once or twice a year. In a soon-to-be-published book, Mezcal in the Global Spirits … Read more

Mezcal Tasting Notes: Why I Don’t Opine, Nor Believe in Them

By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D. At the risk of being accused of heresy, not only do I personally not believe in providing tasting notes for mezcals, but a case can be made for doing away with them in their entirety, except in the broadest of terms. So I say no, to descriptors such as “cinnamon … Read more

Bringing Mezcal from Oaxaca Home With You

Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D. Over the past three decades I’ve learned a fair bit about getting mezcal and other agave distillates purchased for personal consumption, out of Mexico and into the US, Canada, England, and to a lesser extent other countries; unscathed as it were. This is not an enumeration of airline, customs, or Mexican … Read more

How to Get Paid to Drink Tequila:

How you can turn your passion into profits and get paid to drink tequila as a blogger, vlogger, podcaster or author