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A Truckload of Agave – Agave Spirits, That Is

Agave Spirits Everywhere!

Agave piñas.

Agave piñas, agave spirits

 

 

If you’ve been following Tequila Aficionado Media closely, you may have noticed a lull in the weekly Sipping Off The Cuff ™  episodes that traditionally have aired every Friday.

As you may know, every tequila, mezcal or sotol label that submits samples for Sipping Off The Cuff ™ is automatically entered into our ground-breaking end-of-year Brands of Promise ™ awards program.

 

We’ve Got Our Work Cut Out for Us 

test pattern, agave spirits, tequilaAfter an unprecedented amount of entries to our Brands of Promise ™  awards, and the flabbergasting influx of new tequila and mezcal brands with fabulous juice in 2014 (and some unforeseen technical difficulties in our post production department that were beyond our control), Sipping Off The Cuff ™ returns with a vengeance.

 

Coming In Hot

agave spirits, tequilaStarting this week, our post production department is backing up the truck and dumping a huge load of agave onto your screens.

Until virtually the end of 2014, brand-spanking new episodes of Sipping Off The Cuff ™ will premier–

Daily!

tequila reviews, agave spiritsLook for your favorite–or start up or little known–tequila or mezcal brands to be deconstructed, dissected and discussed by our Founder, Alex Perez, and CEO Mike Morales.

Plus…

We’re planning some surprise guest hosts to star with Mike on special episodes of Sipping Off The Cuff ™ that will be taped from some of the more popular and trendy tequila bars around the country.

Sipping Off The Cuff ™–On Demand!

 

Fast and Furious, agave spiritsDon’t worry if you miss a chapter or two of these upcoming reviews with Alex and Mike.

They’ll be coming in fast and furious till the end of the year, but you can always catch up by subscribing to our YouTube channel, as well as following TequilaAficionado.com’s Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages.

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Casa Noble Joven Review

Casa Noble Joven

 

CasaNoble_JovenFew spirits I’ve tasted—tequila or otherwise—grabbed my attention the way Casa Noble Joven did when I tasted it at the distillery two years ago. Traveling with a press group led by the distillery’s CEO, Pepe Hermosillo, we’d consumed multiple expressions of Casa Noble while there. But this one, packing a 104 proof punch, was simply electrifying.

Not because it was hot or a peppery-boozy tongue lasher, but because at nearly still strength and without any aging, the tequila told the story of the agave from which it came better than any I’d had at that point in my life.

A couple of my peers didn’t agree. They weren’t comfortable with the proof and said Joven overpowered their palates. I thought privately, “You’re missing out! Try it again and get used to it!”

Drinking this way is part of life where I come from in Louisville, Ky. That’s Bourbon Country, where high-proof spirits are preferred by many because that’s where the flavors are. Sure, it takes practice to nose and sip such rocket fuel correctly, but it’s worth it when you taste George T. Stagg 141 proof or a barrel-strength Four Roses.

But Casa Noble Joven didn’t demand such patience. It was—to my palate—immediately drinkable after a few swirls in the glass. Instead of a burn, it felt as if slightly carbonated, a delightful buzzing sensation.

The nose was abundantly fragrant: floral, tropical-fruity and loaded with heaps of roasted agave. It may still be the most inviting tequila I’ve ever nosed. The flavor was lush, laden with sweet agua miel, spicy white pepper and highlands agave minerality. Unlike some of my colleagues, I wanted more and received it in a generous pour from Hermosillo, who smiled in approval.

Two days later, at a tequila dinner in Louisville attended by Hermosillo, I met a liquor store owner who’d bought an entire barrel for his store and was having it bottled. I had to have one. Once acquired, I rationed it out slowly and carefully, treasuring it.

Don’t miss this part: That turned out unnecessary when I made a cocktail with it. Here’s why. Even though I love Joven straight, my standard 2-ounce pour of tequila (any spirit) took over the drink, not the desired effect. Next time I used 1.5 ounces and it was perfect. I’d never had a better margarita.

But wasn’t it too costly at $50 a bottle to use in a cocktail?

Not at 1.5 ounces per pour. When I did the math, I figured out that using Joven to make the ultimate margarita (scratch sour mix only) was actually less expensive than pouring 2 ouncees of Casa Noble’s 80 proof Crystal. Crystal is an exceedingly fine blanco, but its younger brother is even better.

Cannot recommend this one highly enough—if you can find it.

 

stephen coomes, steve coomes,About Steve Coomes

Tequila Aficionado is proud to welcome rising star in tequila and travel journalism, Stephen Coomes, as a Contributing Writer and Reviewer.  His steady gigs include roles as contributing editor for Nation’s Restaurant News (the U.S. restaurant industry’s largest publication), restaurant critic and feature writer for Louisville magazine, feature writer for Edible Louisville and Seafood Business magazines, Kentucky travel and dining contributor for Southern Living, and dining blogger for Insider Louisville. He also writes marketing, PR, web copy and ghostwrites for numerous private clients.  You can visit Steve online at www.stevecoomes.com.


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Sipping Off The Cuff: Senda Real Reposado

M.A. “Mike” Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Senda Real Reposado and explain why they chose it as a 2014 Brands of Promise Nominee.

Glass Bottom Distributors Chose Senda Real Tequila

Glass Bottom Distributors LLC was co-founded by cousins, Arturo Lomeli Ibarra, Humberto Ibarra, and good friend Sergio Estrada Luna in December of 2012. All three wanted to share their enthusiasm for premium quality tequilas. After many conversations they soon came to the realization that they shared the same vision: To import and distribute only the best premium tequila that the great state of Jalisco, Mexico, has to offer.

It all started with one bottle, one brand “Tequila Senda Real”.

Since then, Glass Bottom Distributors LLC has focused on importing and distributing only the finest premium tequila. Their warehouse is centrally located in Los Angeles, California, where they distribute across the state of California. They carefully select their products in order to offer what they find to be the best in quality & value.

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Sipping Off The Cuff™ with Huizache Reposado

M.A. “Mike” Morales and Alexander Perez taste and discuss Huizache Tequila Reposado.

Huizache Reposado has been nominated for the 2014 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Awards in the Reposado category.

 

 

Huizache_Reposado_Tequila_1165280, huizache reposado, huizache, tequilaHuizache Tequila

 The secret behind making fine tequila has been handed down to us generation after generation since 1870. We are proud to belong to one of most prestigious tequila lineages, the Romo de la Peña family, responsible for producing some of the most renowned brands in the world. 
To discover more, visit www.excelenciatequilera.com

“Huizache is an iconic shrub of the tequila landscape. It grows alongside the agave plants and is their lifelong companion. The prickly stalks contrast with their delicate yellow flowers, mirroring the complexity of the Mexican character.

Huizache Reposado

Golden-amber, luminous, and full of character. Aged in white oak barrels, it draws upon notes of vanilla and spices to complement the flavour of high quality cooked agave. 
It is exclusively produced with the finest Tequilana Weber blue variety, hand-picked and harvested only when they have reached their optimal maturity. Savour this medium-bodied tequila on its own, with the company of family and friends.

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Sipping off the Cuff: Amor Mio Extra Anejo

Tequila Aficionado’s Alex Perez and Mike Morales taste and discuss Amor Mio Extra Anejo.

 

Amor Mio Extra Anejo

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