Tears of Llorona served in Riedel stemware.

Tears Of Llorona–Tequila’s Higher Octave

“Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.”–Ludwig van Beethoven

Germán González lingers over Tears of Llorona tequila.

Germán González lingers over Tears of Llorona tequila.

In music, an octave is the difference in sound between the first and eighth note on a musical scale.

In astrology, the planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are commonly considered the higher octaves of Mercury, Venus, and Mars, which are closer to the sun.

After savoring Tears of Llorona, the word octave comes to mind–something eight times greater than its tequila origin.

Barrel Blends

In this snippet, Germán González, distiller of T1 Tequila Uno and Tears of Llorana, explains the secret barrel blends that result in this masterpiece.

Tears of Llorona served in Riedel stemware.

Tears of Llorona served in Riedel stemware.

The Allure of Scotch

Here, Germán reveals the secret of a legendary Mexican rum and ultimately, the confirmation of why he favors using scotch whisky barrels for Tears of Llorona.

Why The Name?

In the following excerpt, Germán describes why he named his finest expression of tequila, Tears of Llorana.

Swirling the magic of Tears of Llorona.

Swirling the magic of Tears of Llorona.

The Higher Things

 

In this final cut, Germán González discusses the real reason he creates such fine tequilas, reaffirms the lessons he has learned in life, and imparts his belief in higher ideals.  In the process, we learn what really makes him tick.

Flavor Notes

Tears of Llorona serving suggestions.

Tears of Llorona serving suggestions.

How do you describe Tears of Llorona?  How do you depict what you have no benchmark for?  How do you relate something that is at once incomparable and incomprehensible, yet, strangely familiar, like déjà vu?

Perhaps the closest touchstone is given when deconstructing or reverse engineering Tears of Llorona.

For this first batch, Tears of Llorona is barreled in used sherry, scotch whisky and brandy barrels, achieving a spirit that does not betray its agave and tequila roots.

Instead, cradling the agave notes is a heady spiciness that continues to whisper to your senses the longer you swirl it in your glass.

Notes of bitter chocolate, sherry, leather, tobacco and coffee, along with hints of scotch and memories of the finest cognac or brandy culminate in a finish that resembles “a warm scarf on a cold day.”

While other extra añejos attempt to masquerade as something remotely similar to (or anything but) tequila, it is evident that Germán González has created Tears of Llorona to be Tequila’s higher octave.

Deliberately distilled to be lingered over, this gem is, as its website states, “an opus.”  A symphony composed and conducted by a true Master.

A symphony that can raise you–and your senses–to the divine.

Read the full story of Germán González and T1 Tequila Uno here.

Sipping Off The Cuff: Avion Tequila Blanco

Avion Blanco Tequila

Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Avion Blanco Tequila, nominating it for the 2014 Brands of Promise Awards.

Avion Blanco (Silver)

avion blancoVoted “World’s Best Tasting Tequila” and “Best Unaged White Spirit” at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, ranking #1 against all tequilas, vodkas, gins and white rums.

Age: Unaged
Color: Clear
Aroma: Fresh roasted agave
Taste: Gently sweet and crisp with hints of grapefruit, pineapple, and black pepper; well balanced and exceptionally smooth

About Avion Tequila

The vision was simple. Create the world’s best tasting tequila. Tequila Avión Founder, Ken Austin, a long time tequila aficionado and entrepreneur, wanted to share his passion for tequila with the world. Thus, he set out to create a tequila that would embody the rich flavor of highlands roasted agave, a flavor that once you taste it, you will never forget it. Ken believed the world should understand that tequila can truly be delicious.
The journey to create Avión led Ken throughout Mexico and Jalisco to find the most coveted rich highlands agave. This is where he came upon the small town of Jesus Maria and the Lopez family, a fifth generation agave grower. Together they spent years blending old-school, small batch tequila making techniques with a philosophy of never cutting corners and pushed the current methodologies to create a tequila that surprises the palate and pays homage to the highlands rich, roasted agave. This is Avión, which bartenders, consumers and experts describe as, quite simply, delicious.

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After winning World’s Best Tasting Tequila, Avión has seen record growth thanks to the love of consumer, bartenders and tequila aficionados. However, we can grow only as fast as our time intensive, small batch production process allows. Thus from time to time, different markets may run out of stock. Today Avión is available in Mexico, USA, Canada, Australia, France, and many other countries.
Avión has been lucky to win many coveted awards and to be highlighted amongst the media as the world’s best tequila. Oprah chose Avión Espresso as part of her O-List. Bloomberg did an hour segment on the growth of Avión. Men’s Health chose Avión Anejo as one of the best brown spirits and the list goes on. And of course, many know Avión from the special role it played in the hit HBO show (and one of our favorites), Entourage. This came out of a longtime friendship between our Founders and Doug Ellin, the creator of Entourage. It’s good to have friends.

German Gonzalez, like Rodney, got no respect.

Germán González Got No Respect!

Germán Gonzalez, distiller of T1 Tequila Uno and Tears of Llorana, discloses why, up until recently, the term master distiller was not given the proper recognition by the Tequila Industry, nor by the people of Mexico.

Like deceased comedian, Rodney Dangerfield, Germán struggled to gain respect and to become recognized for his distilling acumen until he risked creating T1 Tequila Uno.

We’re sure that after you sample each of his offerings, you, too, will understand what it truly means to be a master at your craft.

Read the full story of Germán González and T1 Tequila Uno here.

 

Sipping Off The Cuff: Xzibit’s Bonita Tequila Platinum

 Xzibit’s Bonita Tequila Platinum

bonita tequila, xzibit, ll cool jMike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Xzibit’s Bonita Tequila, a blanco referred to as “Platinum” and five times distilled at La Cofradia. Although this isn’t your father’s tequila, they do think it might be a great gift for mom!  It’s so pretty, they’ve nominated it for the 2014 Brands of Promise Awards for packaging.

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Nom List, 19 Jan 2015

t1As previously, our tequila nom list contains the names and information of current brands and tequila distilleries as well as those that have previously appeared on NOM lists but have since been dropped by the CRT.

You’ll also find links (in bold red lettering) to all of our reviews and articles on tequilas within the nom list, whether you use the PDF of XLS version.

Please understand that this list is not a comprehensive list of every tequila brand ever made. We make every effort to be sure it is as accurate as possible from the time we at Tequila Aficionado Media began publishing our lists in 2013.

 

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19Jan2015 NOM List (XLS)

19Jan2015 NOM List (PDF)

 

About Our NOM List of Tequilas & Distilleries


blancoClick on any RED link within the tequila nom list to see the Tequila Aficionado articles and reviews on that brand or distillery.
*Color Coding*

Brands highlighted in Green are recent additions (see comment on Excel spreadsheet for first shown date)
Brands highlighted in Red did not appear on the current list (see comment on Excel spreadsheet for last shown date)
Brands highlighted in Blue are suspected of using a diffusor in production.