Villa Lobos Reposado Tequila Review

Sipping Off the Cuff | Tequila Villa Lobos Reposado with @timberelk & @felipeherida Click To Tweet About Tequila Villa Lobos Tequila Villa Lobos is the result of a friendship and close collaboration with two of the worlds most respected and trusted authorities on Tequila: Carlos Camarena and Dale Sklar. The agave used for Villa Lobos … Read moreVilla Lobos Reposado Tequila Review

Villalobos Los Hombres 10-Year Extra Anejo Tequila Review

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2018 Brands of Promise Winners Announced

Tequila Aficionado Media is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Brands of Promise Awards in all categories:     Agave Spirit Award Porfidio Single 100% Agave Americana Edition [India] (S3xA) [40% ABV, 80 proof] Gold Aguardiente from Blue Agave (Distilled from Agave Spirit) Onilikan Aguardiente de Agave Azul (80 proof, 40% ABV) Gold … Read more2018 Brands of Promise Winners Announced

2018 Brands of Promise Nominees Announced

Congratulations to all of the 2018 Nominees for Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Awards!  All of the nominees and their categories are listed below. If you were nominated and would like to use your Nominee medal, you can click on the medal to the right –> to download a zip file.  (Right click on the … Read more2018 Brands of Promise Nominees Announced

The Definitive Collection of Tequila Reviews

In honor of National Tequila Day in the U.S.A., we’re sharing with you the definitive collection of Sipping Off the Cuff from our very first podcast tequila reviews to the most recent.  Enjoy and Salud!   Sipping Off The Cuff | 1800 Milenio http://tequilaaficionado.com/2015/03/27/sipping-off-the-cuff-1800-milenio/ Sipping Off The Cuff | 1921 Tequila Anejo http://tequilaaficionado.com/2016/01/26/sipping-off-cuff-1921-tequila-anejo/ Sipping Off … Read moreThe Definitive Collection of Tequila Reviews

The Agave Panic of 2018: Bloodshed on the Streets of Tequila

Bloodshed On Jan. 22, 2018, a particularly savvy tequila brand owner announced in a private message to this office: “Agave prices out of control.  $22/kilo.  Industry getting destroyed!” Coincidentally, earlier that same day, another brand owner/ambassador admitted to us that the current cost had blown up to $24/kilo. That savvy brand owner then added to … Read moreThe Agave Panic of 2018: Bloodshed on the Streets of Tequila

2017 Brands of Promise

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees for the annual Brands of Promise Awards! Winners were announced LIVE on Facebook on January 21st.  See the replays on demand now. Download Nominee list in PDF Download Winner list in PDF   2017 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Winners Announced Click To Tweet   Winners, please click … Read more2017 Brands of Promise

Announcing the 2017 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Nominees

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees for the annual Brands of Promise Awards! Our judges will be diligently retasting this year’s Brands of Promise Nominees and doing their voting over the holidays. Winners will be announced in early 2018. Download this list in PDF   2017 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Nominees Announced Click … Read moreAnnouncing the 2017 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Nominees

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

Aiding Artisanal Mezcal Producers in Oaxaca from the Bottom Up

By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D.  Export brand owners of Oaxacan artisanal mezcal, the increasingly popular agave based Mexican spirit, come in many shapes and sizes.  Some are proprietors of their own distilleries, or palenques are they’re known in this southern Mexico state.  Others buy their liquid from small-scale family owned and operated facilities; in some … Read moreAiding Artisanal Mezcal Producers in Oaxaca from the Bottom Up