Sipping Off The Cuff: Don Nacho Tequila Blanco

Mike & Alex taste and discuss the merits of Don Nacho tequila blanco, another nominee for the 2014 Brands of Promise Awards.

 

Sipping Off The Cuff: Fubar Tequila

B43pDmrCYAAlTxrMike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss the latest nominee for the 2014 Brands of Promise awards, Fubar Tequila.

We apologize for our video being FUBAR.

 

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Tequila Nom List (8Dec2014)

The Tequila Nom List

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Each of our tequila NOM Lists 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 red) to all of our reviews and articles on tequilas within the nom list, whether you use the PDF of XLS version.

Pinpointing your treasure bottles or favorite distilleries has never been easier! 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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8 December 2014 Nom List in XLS

8 December 2014 Nom List in PDF

About Our NOM List of Tequilas & Distilleries

flask, flasking, tequila, nom list, distilleryClick on any RED link within the 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.

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Festive Holiday Recipes – Foods Made With Tequila

Tequila Test Kitchen

avion espresso, chocolate cake, Festive Holiday RecipesWe’ve been pretty busy in the Tequila Aficionado Test Kitchen over the past year.  Because we aren’t afraid to splash a little tequila into our food, we’ve got a great collection of recipes you might want to try as gifts for tequila loving friends & family or perhaps you’d like to wow everyone at the annual office party or a holiday potluck.

Whatever your reason for celebrating with tequila and food, you’ll want to try these!

Festive Holiday recipes

Festive Holiday Recipes, tequila truffles, diva tequilaClick on any of the titles below to see the full recipes:

Diva Tequila Truffles (Not as difficult as you might think!)

Maple Nut Coffee Cake Recipe with De La Tierre Maple Tequila

Cranberry & Orange Diva Tequila Scones

The Perfect Tequila-Laced Christmas Feast

Maple Liqueur Tequila Pumpkin Pie

Pan de Muerto

scones, Festive Holiday Recipes, diva tequilaDiva Tequila Cupcakes

Hornitos Grilled Chicken Breast Tenders

Hornitos Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

Hornitos Crock Pot Refried Beans

Hornitos Cole Slaw

Avion Chocolate Espresso Cake

Peligroso Cinnamon Cranapple Crisp

Peligroso Cinnamon Apple Crisp

Need more holiday recipes?  Check out some of our Pinterest boards:

 

Follow Tequila Aficionado’s board Diva Tequila on Pinterest.Follow Tequila Aficionado’s board Tequila & Food on Pinterest.Follow Lisa Pietsch’s board Tequila Cocktails on Pinterest.Follow Lisa Pietsch’s board De La Tierre Maple Liqueur Tequila on Pinterest.Follow Lisa Pietsch’s board Peligroso Cinnamon Tequila on Pinterest.Follow Lisa Pietsch’s board Avion Espresso on Pinterest.Follow Lisa Pietsch’s board Hornitos Lime Shot on Pinterest.Follow Tequila Aficionado’s board Tequila Drinks on Pinterest.

Diddy Disses Tequila’s Jimadores….

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Diddy looking conspicuously out of his element.

Diddy looking conspicuously out of his element.

By now, many of you may have already seen both of these distasteful photos on Diddy’s Instagram account for his new venture with Diageo and DeLeón tequila that began in early 2014.

Dressed in his trademark dark suit, Diddy attempts to sacrifice a blue agave piña while at the same time asking for a moment of silence for “Mr. Pat Ron,” a thinly veiled dig against beverage behemoth, Patrón.

Those in the Tequila Community who make their living day after day selling,

Note the look of disdain on the jimador's face.

Note the look of disdain on the jimador’s face.

serving and producing tequila, as well as growing and harvesting agave, have been outraged at the clownish way in which Diddy and Diageo have disrespected and belittled the value of one of the last major pillars left in Tequila Culture–the jimador (agave harvester).

The Plight of the Jimador

In an age where modern technology and cost saving methods like the diffuser have been introduced in the Tequila Industry to replace everything from donkeys to bottlers to label applicators, the one skill that it has not yet been able to replace entirely is the hard labor of the jimador.

Jimador, courtesy of Tequila G4.

Jimador, courtesy of Tequila G4.

Those who have seen these men in action, and those of us who have tried to hack off the pencas (leaves) from a blue agave piña using a razor sharp coa, know that it’s not as easy as it looks.

The following video is courtesy of the Tequila Interchange Project, a non-profit organization and consumer advocacy group for agave distilled spirits made up of key influencers such as bartenders, consultants, teachers, researchers, consumers and tequila aficionados.  It illustrates just how arduous this work is, and the dangers these men face each day for minimal pay.

For Diddy to be allowed to be photographed attempting a jima wearing a suit and spotless shoes was unconscionable.  It makes light of the skill and experience of these journeymen laborers, as well their hardships, in a deplorable and condescending way.

Diddy Commits Commercial Suicide with DeLeón Tequila

If it’s true that Diddy knows what liquor Millennials want to drink as he states in this November 2014 article in Fortune, and wants to “disrupt how [liquor advertising] has been done,” he has already failed miserably.

Claiming that his image won’t be used for DeLeón like it has been attached to his

Jimador lifting piñas.  Courtesy of Tequila G4.

Jimador lifting piñas. Courtesy of Tequila G4.

Ciroc vodka ads (his first successful partnership with Diageo), then he should stick to his word.

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), the national trade association for America’s top distillers, and of which Diageo is a long time member, has strict guidelines when it comes to responsible digital marketing communications.

It is obvious that Sean Combs believes he is above adhering to these regulations, and in the process, managed to insult an entire country.

How Diddy Should’ve Done It

Jimador at work.  Courtesy of the Consejo Regulador del Tequila.

Jimador at work. Courtesy of the Consejo Regulador del Tequila.

The self-proclaimed tastemaker has proven to be very successful in everything he touches.  From music and clothing, to spirits and even reality TV, Diddy has left his indelible mark with sophistication and style.  So, when he hooked up with Diageo once more for DeLeón tequila, we expected more from him.

We expected this $700 million dollar mogul to immerse himself in Tequila Culture.  To get to know the process and the people of the new spirit he was embracing, and to bring a fresh look to an otherwise unremarkable brand like DeLeón.

We expected he would slap on some Sean John boots and venture out into the

Sean John Kingswood Moc boot.

Sean John Kingswood Moc boot.

agave fields to absorb its magic.  Who knows?  Maybe he would become inspired to design a whole new line of menswear made from agave fibers that would appeal to all ethnicities, just as he desires to do with DeLeón’s advertising.

How’s that for doubling your ROI and gaining street cred?

We’re NOT Laughing With You

Instead, we get this…

"So, if I wanna be number one, there has to be a number two."

“So, if I wanna be number one, there has to be a number two.”

Perhaps, we expected too much?

[In 2010 there were 6 other brands besides Ciroc that the San Francisco World Spirits Competition bestowed double gold medals to in the vodka category.]