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Sipping Off The Cuff: Tequila Trianon Blanco

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Tequila Aficionado’s Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Trianon Tequila Blanco and explain why they’ve nominated it as a 2014 Brand of Promise.

 

Trianon Blanco

Trianon Blanco’s incomparably smooth taste is made possible only through the sacrifice of both the head and tail of the tequila. By bottling only the virgin distilled heart of Blue Weber Agave, our Blanco captures the truest tequila taste–untainted by any hint of the biting alcohols found in other tequilas. Its clarity and purity makes it the choice of connoisseurs and the foundation of our award-winning Reposado and Añejo.

“If you’re looking for a tequila with personality and depth, look no further than Trianon Tequila.  This is an unabashedly unadulterated, old school tequila for true tequila lovers.” ~Lisa Pietsch, Tequila Aficionado 

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Tequila Aficionado hosted Trianon Tequila at our first ever Twitter Tequila Chat.  It was a great afternoon of tequila talk with the owners of Trianon and tequila aficionados from all over the world.  For more information on Trianon Tequila, see our #TequilaChat with Trianon here.


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Zipping Off The Cuff

Zipping Off The Cuff with Alex Perez and Mike Morales

Tequila Aficionado’s Mike Morales & Alex Perez did some tastings last night but Alex seemed to get tongue tied before the sipping even began! Calavera Tequila can have that effect on you.

About Calavera Tequila

Calavera Tequila distillery is located in the heart of Mexico’s premier agave growing and tequila producing region:  Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico.

Calavera Tequila combines the best of old traditions with the latest technology, producing next-generation artisan tequilas. The master distiller utilizes traditional slow bake brick ovens & autoclaves to cook the blue agave hearts, and traditional mills (molinos) to extract the juices from the Agave. Calavera Tequila ferments with natural occurring yeast, and distillation takes place in old-fashioned pot stills. All water is processed through an ultra-modern system of reverse osmosis, de-ionization, and ultra violet bacteria eliminating lights, followed by two types of filtration.

Look for a more serious Sipping Off The Cuff with Calavera Tequila blanco, reposado, and anejo, right here at Tequila Aficionado.

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A Truckload of Agave – Agave Spirits, That Is

Agave Spirits Everywhere!

Agave piñas.

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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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Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You

 

 

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Sipping Off The Cuff: Donkey Piss Tequila Reposado

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We Just Sit Around Drinking Tequila All Day

We don’t actually sit around drinking tequila all day, but that’s what a lot of people think we do.  There’s a lot of effort behind the scenes that goes into producing content for Tequila Aficionado.  One important thing is producing episodes of Sipping Off The Cuff.  Let me tell you a little about that.
 

 

It’s quite a process so we thought we’d share it with you:

First, we have to get the guys together.  Getting Alex and Mike together via Skype isn’t always easy.  family commitments, all the things that can go wrong with computers, and then there’s the software, both the recording software and Skype that have a part in whether or not our programs are recorded properly.

If we had roadies, we’d have them do the tech check for us.

 

 

Setup

We wash Reidel snifters, ensure we have vodka & melba toast for palate cleansing between tequila tastings, and then set up all the bottles of tequilas and other great agave spirits that must be tasted and reviewed.  It takes about an hour just to move furniture, set up the table and then bring everything down off the shelves, dust it off and then set it up nicely for photos just in case Mike & Alex decide to talk about all the brands awaiting review.  Setup time is usually when we take photos for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Vine.  It is important to us that the brands that send us samples feel it is a valuable proposition.  Providing them with social media content that adds to their electronic equity is very valuable in today’s market.
 

 

Filming At about 12-20 minutes per brand, it makes for a long night.  Mike & Alex will taste several brands in one night and usually spend about 4 hours filming together.  

 

Editing

I take the raw footage and edit it.  (Trust me, there are just some things those guys do that you just don’t want to see or hear.)  It takes about 45 minutes to review, edit, research, add facts, format, and produce each individual video.
 

 

Uploading Then we upload the videos to YouTube.  Some days it goes quickly and some days the computer is tied up all day because YouTube is running so slowly.  

 

Posting

With all that done, we’re ready to schedule and post the video on Tequila Aficionado.  We want to make each video posting as search engine friendly as possible so the tequila (and mezcal) brands get plenty of publicity.  That means digging into websites and Facebook for social media links, images, and details on each brand’s production process.  Some tequila brands turn out to be Not Safe For Work (NSFW) and that means wading through a whole lot of bikini images before finding one we can use.  (Please take a lesson from mezcal and stop marketing like it’s 1989?)

Then you, the tequila aficionados see the final product.  We hope the insights that Mike & Alex provide are worth your time.  It is always our hope that the materials we work so hard to produce are as educational as they are entertaining and everyone from the brand owner to the consumer feels it was time well spent.

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