Sipping off the Cuff: Montelobos Mezcal Joven

Mike & Alex taste and discuss Montelobos Mezcal Joven, a certified organic mezcal with a unique flavor profile.   About: Spanish: 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, … Read more

The Montelobos Mezcal Project

[After The San Antonio Cocktail Conference held in January, 2015, Tequila Aficionado Media caught up with Dr. Iván Saldaña, producer of the upstart mezcal, Montelobos, a partnership project with the makers of Milagro tequila.  A featured speaker during the conference, here’s our in-depth discussion held at the bar of the lavish Westin Riverwalk Hotel.] La Anatomia del Mezcal In Dr. … Read more

Chisholm Trail Crafts | Jarrito Tumbler Tasting Notes

Tasting notes submitted to Chisholm Trail Craft Glasses for the prototype of Stolzle’s jarrito tumbler, a proposed vessel designed to exclusively appreciate agave spirits. *** JARRITO TUMBLER TASTING NOTES   Mr. Romeo Hristov from Chisholm Trail Crafts, Incorporated, has asked me to test a prototype of the Jarrito tumbler for tequila/agave spirits produced by Stölzle … Read more

Sipping Off the Cuff | Scorpion Mescal Espadin [Transcript]

Watch the original video review here MIKE: You are watching Sipping Off the Cuff at TequilaAficionado.com a part of Tequila Aficionado Media. I’m Mike Morales in San Antonio. That gentleman over there with the wild hairdo… RICK: Rick Levy in San Diego. MIKE: Rick is helping me out, helping us out, as we go through … Read more

Artisanal Mezcal in Oaxaca 25 Years Hence: No Two Batches are Different

By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D. Not to scare the bejesus out of mezcal aficionados, but the industry must be careful as the popularity of the spirit skyrockets, so as not to lose one of its hallmarks, that is the uniqueness of every lot distilled.  We still hear and read that no two batches of (artisanal) … Read more

Tequila Aficionado Media Announces the 2015 Brands Of Promise Award Winners!

Honors Bestowed During LIVE Blab Webcast For Immediate Release! March 14, 2016, San Antonio, TX—Tequila Aficionado Media’s Third Annual 2015 Brands Of Promise© Awards were broadcast LIVE on Blab in Tequila, Mezcal and other assorted agave-related categories. See the full list of medal recipients here. @TequilaAficion Announces #2015BOP Medal Winners! Click To Tweet Among the … Read more

2015 Brands of Promise

2015 Brands of Promise Awards Nominees Special Categories Organic Tequila (Blanco) One With Life Tequila Liqueur 1921 La Crema 15%ABV Most Improved (Comeback Player) Demetrio Agave Wine Nectar Blends Agave Spirit Revel Avila triple distilled (blanco, reposado, 80 proof, 40% ABV) añejo–48% 96 proof   Packaging Tequila Packaging   Ambhar   Aguila Real   Malinalli … Read more

The BIG Business Of Kosher Tequila, Part IV

Why Go Kosher? That’s what we asked several Kosher tequila and mezcal brand owners and ambassadors.  Some of their reasons may surprise you. Richard Sorenson, Founder of Dulce Vida Tequila, the only 100 proof organic tequila to date, comes from an organic foods background having developed the first USDA organic energy drink on the market to … Read more

Happy Hanukkah from Tequila Aficionado

  If you’re looking for Kosher agave spirits, we suggest Mexican Moonshine Tequila, Milagro Tequila, Montelobos Mezcal and Baron Tequila.

Mezcal and Dogmatism in Oaxaca: Alcohol by Volume (Part 4 of 7)

Telling consumers that they should only drink mezcal between 45% and 55% ABV (alcohol by volume) has become somewhat acceptable practice in Oaxaca mezcalerías.  While most artisanal mezcals are within that range, there are excellent products both below and above the “norm.” Spirits consumers who are accustomed to drinking quality yet commercial tequilas or scotches at … Read more