2016 Brands of Promise Awards, Finale

Congratulations to all the winners and the nominees for the 2016 Brands of Promise Awards! Click here to download the complete list of nominees & winners in a convenient PDF for your 2017 shopping list! Nominees & winners, feel free to download your medals by clicking on the appropriate images below:            … Read more

2016 Brands of Promise

2016 Brands of Promise Nominees Click here for the complete list of Categories, Nominees and Winners Watch the presentation of the winners: Watch the reviews of the nominees: Blanco Nominees Alicantes (only; very artisanal) Tequila 21 AquaRiva Santera Pepe Zevada Tres 888 Siempre Nocaut Reserva DesMaDre Giggling Marlin Frida Kahlo Hacienda Mercado   Legacy Blanco Nominees … Read more

2016 Brands of Promise Nominee List

2016 Brands of Promise Nominees Blanco Nominees Alicantes (only; very artisanal) Tequila 21 AquaRiva Santera Pepe Zevada Tres 888 Siempre Nocaut Reserva DesMaDre Giggling Marlin Frida Kahlo Hacienda Mercado Legacy Blanco Nominees ArteNOM 1580 (only) ArteNOM 1579 (only) Legacy High Proof Nominee Herradura Colección de la Casa (Directo del Alambique Blanco; 110 proof, 55%ABV) Reposado Nominees Tequila … Read more

It’s Blanco Friday!

Accept the Challenge! The Blanco Friday Holiday Tasting Challenge November 25-December 24, 2016 30 Spirits in 30 Days   Stop the Madness! Fight the Black Friday and holiday madness by exercising your right to comfort and joy this holiday season with a great agave spirit every day! Black Friday is Now Blanco Friday! Start with … Read more

Blanco Friday Holiday Tasting Challenge

Get into the Holiday Spirit and Join The Blanco Friday Holiday Tasting Challenge November 25-December 24, 2016 30 Spirits in 30 Days   Stop the Madness! Fight the Black Friday and holiday madness by exercising your right to comfort and joy this holiday season with a great agave spirit every day! Black Friday is Now … Read more

From Babes to Boss Ladies: Women & Tequila

Tequila Aficionado Exclusive Series We’ve had a special place in our hearts for the unsung heroines and muses in tequila for a very long time.  After reading Ilana Edelstein’s The Patron Way, Mike & I felt it was time someone brought other women’s stories to light – and what better place to do that than … Read more

Get on the Mike with Mike!

We’re currently scheduling video auditions/interviews.  We have a big season coming up in 2017 and need a whole team of reviewers to co-host Sipping Off the Cuff.   If you would work for tequila and want to learn more about tequila, mezcal, sotol, or other agave spirits on the job, we want to hear from … Read more

Tequila: A Global History by Ian Williams

There are few books on the subject of Tequila that are considered classics.  The Book Of Tequila by the late, great Bob Emmons, stands out as the most essential for any student of agave spirits. I consider Emmons the first, true Tequila Journalist.  He was the first American author to demystify the much maligned Mexican … Read more

Sipping Off The Cuff | Zevada Family Gran Reserva

Mike & Alex taste and discuss Zevada Family Gran Reserva The Z stands for Pepe Zevada After 35 years travelling the world as an executive in the spirits industry, Pepe Zevada retired to Austin, Texas. However, it did not take him long to get back in the game and he quickly launched Z Tequila. His … Read more

Sipping Off The Cuff | Pepe Zevada “Z” Tequila Anejo

Mike & Alex taste and discuss Pepe Zevada “Z” Tequila Anejo The Z stands for Pepe Zevada After 35 years travelling the world as an executive in the spirits industry, Pepe Zevada retired to Austin, Texas. However, it did not take him long to get back in the game and he quickly launched Z Tequila. … Read more