Sipping off the Cuff: Mamalon Tequila Blanco

Mike & Alex taste & discuss Mamalon tequila blanco, the latest from La Cofradia.

Sipping off the Cuff: Cabrito Tequila Reposado

Mike & Alex taste and discuss Cabrito Tequila Reposado and why we should love the goat.


Sipping off the Cuff: Cabrito Tequila Blanco

Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Cabrito Tequila Blanco and why we should never hate the goat.

Sipping off the Cuff: Montelobos Mezcal Joven

Mike & Alex taste and discuss Montelobos Mezcal Joven, a certified organic mezcal with a unique flavor profile.


montelobos, mezcal, jovenAbout:

Montelobos es un mezcal artesanal hecho en Santiago Matatlán Oaxaca que utiliza exclusivamente maguey espadín orgánico certificado. Mezcal Montelobos nace de la visión y la pasión de Iván Saldaña, experto en maguey y mezcal, respetando fielmente los métodos tradicionales de producción, la sustentabilidad y la calidad de vida de las comunidades y las familias que han producido esta bebida durante generaciones. El resultado es un producto de balance y complejidad extraordinaria gracias a una perfecta integración entre los sabores de agave, notas de fermentación y humo. Mezcal Montelobos es producido por Casa Montelobos, empresa 100% mexicana, dedicada a promover, educar y comercializar mezcal. Para obtener más información acerca de Montelobos, por favor visite nuestra página de Facebook. Para aprender más sobre mezcal, por favor visite la Anatomía del Mezcal.
Montelobos is an artisanal mezcal made in Santiago Matatlán Oaxaca produced with 100% organically certified agave espadín. Our mezcal is meticulously crafted by world renowned agave expert Iván Saldaña. It is made according to his vision and passion for agave and artisanal mezcal with respect for traditional production methods, sustainability, and the quality of life in the communities and families who have produced mezcal for generations. Montelobos achieves extraordinary balance and complexity through a bold integration between agave, fermentation notes and smoke. Montelobos Mezcal is proudly produced by Casa Montelobos, a Mexican company based in Oaxaca and Mexico City. For more information about Montelobos, please visit our Facebook page and look for our complete website to launch soon. For additional perspectives about mezcal, please visit The Anatomy of Mezcal.

Sipping off the Cuff: Lunazul Primero

Mike & Alex taste and discuss Lunazul Primero Tequila and why they feel it is a Brand of Promise.


lunazul, primero, heaven hillAbout Lunazul Primero:

Añejo tequila that’s aged in American white oak barrels for 18 months.

Tasting Notes

Filtered eight times to achieve a crystal clear color.

  • Aroma: Complex aroma with sweet, oak, caramel, apple, and floral notes. It embraces the perfect balance found in rare, handcrafted spirits.
  • Taste: Full body and mouth with cooked agave, oak, aniseed, citrus, caramel, cinnamon, and eucalyptus notes. Pleasant and smooth on the palate.
  • Finish: Wonderfully balanced with clean flavors and a long, lingering, spicy finish.

Heaven Hill Distilleries Launches Lunazul Primero Tequila

10441Newest Addition to 100% Agave Lunazul Tequila family is Clear Añejo Tequila

BARDSTOWN, KY – The newest addition to the 100% Agave Lunazul Tequila family is Lunazul Primero. Filtered eight times to achieve a crystal clear color, Primero is a unique Añejo Tequila with flawless color and unusual maturity.

The entire family of small batch Lunazul Tequilas are estate grown, distilled and bottled in the heart of Tequila country by Tierra de Agaves. Lunazul’s spirit of hand-crafted perfection is reflected in Lunazul Primero as the Master Distiller carefully ages the Añejo in order to attain the flavors earned through 18 months of maturation. The filtering process then balances those flavors with the crispness of agave sugars seen in Blanco. The result is crisp Tequila that retains the oak notes and smoothness of a barrel aged Tequila.

“Lunazul Primero reflects the growing passion for variety among Tequila consumers,” said Reid Hafer, Senior Brand Manager, Lunazul Tequila. “Whether it is aging, proof or filtering, Tequila offerings are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Primero delivers on the cutting-edge of innovation with incredible quality.”

Lunazul Tequila is among the best-selling and the most critically-acclaimed 100% Agave Tequilas in the category. The Lunazul Tequilas have been honored with Double Gold recognition at the San Francisco Spirits  Competition and as Category Finalists at the Ultimate Spirits Competition. Further, the brand is regularly recognized as Impact “Hot Prospect” and Beverage Information Group “Rising Stars.”

Lunazul Primero is available at $24.99.  Lunazul Tequilas are available in four varieties, Blanco, Reposado, Añejo and Primero.  Blanco and Reposado are available in 1.75 liter, 1.0 liter, 1.0 bar liter, 750 ml and 50 ml sizes, while the Añejo and Primero are available in the 750ml size only.  All are bottled at 40% alcohol by volume. Learn more

Founded in 1934, Bardstown, KY-based Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. ( is the nation’s largest independent, family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer and the world’s second-largest holder of Kentucky Bourbon. Heaven Hill’s diversified portfolio of brands includes Evan Williams Bourbon; Burnett’s Vodkas and Gin; HPNOTIQ and HPNOTIQ Harmonie Liqueurs; Admiral Nelson’s and Blackheart Rums; The Christian Brothers Brandies; PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur; Lunazul Tequila and Rittenhouse Rye Whisky.  Heaven Hill reminds you to “Think Wisely.  Drink Wisely.”


Sipping off the Cuff: Lunazul Blanco

Mike & Alex taste and discuss Lunazul Tequila Blanco and why they feel it is a Brand of Promise.


About Lunazul Blanco

lunazul, blanco, tequila, heaven hillCrystal clear, un-aged tequila that allows its 100% agave flavor to shine. This is tequila at its simplest.

Tasting Notes

Exceptionally smooth and balanced with bright color and silver highlights.

  • Aroma: Refreshing fruity nose exhibiting tropical and apple notes with a healthy dose of salt and citrus, similar to that of fresh agave.
  • Taste: The palate is semi-viscous and peppery with ripe fruit tones giving way to crisp citrus notes and a hint of vanilla.
  • Finish: Wonderfully balanced finish with long lasting citrusy, peppery, and herbaceous notes.

The Mexican Wolf

Lunazul means “Blue Moon” and the Mexican wolf has always played a vital role in our identity. Mysterious and resourceful, the independent spirit of the wolf resonates in everything we do. We’re proud to partner with NATURALIA, a non-profit organization that promotes the conservation of Mexico’s ecosystems and wild species such as the Mexican Wolf through outreach, education and fieldwork. Together, Naturalia and Lunazul believe that when you’re good to your lands, your lands are good to you.

Find Lunazul on Facebook here.


Sipping Off The Cuff: Amaras Mezcal Joven

Mike & Alex taste and discuss Amaras Mezcal/Amores Mezcal Joven and why they feel it is a Brand of Promise.


The main objective of Mezcal Amaras/Amores is to raise awareness around mezcal and its culture, to inspire through our philosophy and to achieve a broad up-to-date perception of Mexico around the world. For Amores producing mezcal is best described as an alchemist process, so much time and energy go into the making, thus producing a beverage full of spirit.



“A project founded with love”. The brand Mezcal Amaras/Amores was founded in 2010 by a group of friends who, after making several trips to different mezcal producing states in the country, developed a deep rooted love for these regions and this magical spirit. They became immersed in a world that surrounded them in traditions, tastes and smells. These experiences inspired them to create a product that encompasses their passion for and devotion to the roots of Mexico.

Their search for the perfect mezcal led them to explore the mezcal producing lands of: Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Oaxaca, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas. While exploring these regions, they saw how hard the people in the fields and in the palenques worked. It made them realize that if they had success in finding the right mezcal, they could also help the people of this region have a better way of life. Thus was born the Philosophy of Mezcal Amores.

“The idea was to find a smooth and balanced mezcal that kept the flavor characteristics traditional to mezcal. After a year they were able to define a product that met all their expectations”.


Find Mezcal Amaras online here and also on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.


Sipping off the Cuff: Abreojos Tequila Blanco

Mike & Alex taste and discuss Abreojos Tequila, the hidden scorpion, and why they feel it is a Brand of Promise.


The name Abreojos comes from a little fishing village in Baja California Sur called Punta Abreojos. Abreojos translated from Spanish means “Open Eyes”. In this quiet little fishing village lies a pristine beach with a wrapping right hand point surf break. Not a highly traveled tourist destination, but more of a surf get away to avoid crowds at nearby spots or even the craziness of Southern California. Some believe that Punta Abreojos was named in the late 1500’s by Juan Cabrillo who led the first European expedition. Others believe that Fishermen named Abreojos for the Open Eyes they saw coming back in after fishing. What they saw were perfect breaking hollow waves, and the offshore winds spraying water into the air to resemble an eye with long lashes.

Most brands are expensive because you pay for the bottle instead of the tequila. It should be about what is in the bottle. Abreojos Tequila, favored by those looking for unparalleled smoothness, but preferred by aficionados for its incredible aromas and flavors. -Enjoy what you drink, and the people you are with.


Open your eyes and see the hidden scorpion

Open Your Eyes Responsibly

Mexican Tequila to Take on Sake in Asian Market

Must Love, tequila, asian, MEXICO CITY, Jul 15, 2002 (Notimex/Corporate Mexico by Internet Securities, Inc. via COMTEX) — Mexican tequila is preparing to take on sake and other traditional Asian drinks as demand for the Mexican drink grows on that continent. Tequila producers accompanied Jalisco state Governor Francisco Ramírez on a tour in Asia to explore business opportunities in five Southeast Asian countries.

“The number of inhabitants makes the Asian market potentially the largest in the world,” said Ramón Yañez, president of the Tequila Regulation Council. To counteract tequila’s low profile in this part of the world, Yañez said producers would make a large publicity effort to introduce Asians to the Mexican liquor.

Currently, 50% of Mexican tequila is consumed in Mexico. The rest is exported: 80% to the United States, 15% to Europe, and the rest to other regions. Yañez predicted the industry would produce some 130 million liters of tequila this year.

Bats Are Dying!

1016151502aDuring Tequila Aficionado Media’s historic Dia de los Muertos Tequila Tour, Lisa Pietsch and I paid a visit to Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico.  Before exploring the awesome depths of the caves and the formation of stalactites and stalagmites, we were also met with this alarming notice.

Even though it’s the Mexican freetail bats that are suffering man’s encroachment onto their turf, all bats are going through a hard time, including the “tequila bat.”


Vicious Circle

The industrialization of the tequila making process, and to a certain extent some mezcals,  has made the preservation of the agave (blue, espadin, etc.) vital to the longevity of these industries and to the survival of the people who rely upon them for their existence.

It’s no secret that the weber blue agave is susceptible to diseases now that it is not allowed to bloom a quiote or stem for pollination by the lesser long-nosed bats.

By not letting the agave run the length of its lifespan, it is also upsetting the eco-system and natural migratory patterns of bats that rely on the agave for sustenance.

The agave gene pool has been tampered with by the explosive growth of the 1016151541tequila and mezcal industries.

The plant’s natural defenses against diseases and pests are compromised.  This means that pesticides are required to defend the valuable agave crops against diseases and pests.

In turn, the pesticides are hazardous to the health of harvesters, bats, bees and birds alike.  Not to mention the eventual pollution to the soil, ground water and water supplies.

It’s a vicious circle that agave growers can remedy by simply letting a portion of their agave crops grow naturally.

What Can Consumers Do?

Look for certified organic tequilas, mezcals, or sotols for starters.  These must follow certain protocols which prohibit the use of pesticides in order to earn the USDA seal.

1016151438aIn addition, though considered a marketing buzz phrase, look for agave spirits that are produced with agave or sotol that has been “wild harvested.”  Chances are, none of them are using pesticides.

Secondly, seek agave spirits brands that claim to be “bat friendly.”

According to Angelica Menchaca Rodriguez, whose PhD studies are concerning this very subject, look for mezcal made with maguey papalote (agave cupreata) since “…this species cannot reproduce without the intervention of bats and can be found mainly in the state of Guerrero.”

The Tequila Interchange Project is working with Rodrigo Medellin–the Batmanbatfriendly of Mexico–in the pilot stages of a massive Bat Friendly Tequila & Mezcal Recognition Program that will likely include some beloved brands of tequilas and mezcals.

In the meantime, be kind to bats.  Build bat houses for them to roost in as suggested by the Bat World Sanctuary.

The bat you save could be your best sipping buddy.