Sipping Off The Cuff: Gaviota Tequila Anejo

Gaviota!

Another Brand of Promise according to Mike Morales and Alex Perez of Tequila Aficionado. This one is “Definitely a finder” and Alex says “I love this anejo”.

Sipping Off The Cuff: Gaviota Tequila Reposado

Gaviota!

Mike and Alex nominated this tequila for the 2014 Brands of Promise Awards saying : “I like this a lot” and “a really nice reposado”.

Sipping Off The Cuff: Caos Tequila Anejo

This “sweet and floral” anejo impressed Mike and Alex of Tequila Aficionado so much they nominated it for the 2014 Brands of Promise Awards. Mike even stated “this is a great cigar or dessert tequila”.

Sipping Off The Cuff: Caos Tequila Reposado

A 2014 Brands of Promise Nominee, Caos Reposado received the following comments from Alex and Mike of Tequila Aficionado “a traditional Arandas tequila” and “what a reposado is supposed to taste like”.

No Snifters.

San Antonio Cocktail Conference Media Party

Media party invite.

Media party invite.

[The fourth annual San Antonio Cocktail Conference was held from January 15 to January 18, 2015 here in San Antonio, Texas.  Tequila Aficionado Media attended with particular interest in all events surrounding agave spirits.]

Wednesday Night Media Party #SACC2015

As most of San Antonio’s cocktail culture creatures were safely at home in their jammies on the eve of the opening of the Fourth Annual San Antonio Cocktail Conference, every foodie, cocktail and spirits blogger, writer, photographer or pretender from all major cities in Texas, hobnobbed, photographed hors d’oeuvres for future food porn, and took selfies while collecting their official press credentials and tickets for their requested seminars from the organizers’ public relations company.

The St. Anthony Hotel, considered the Grand Dame of hotels in

Ornate brass ram.

Ornate brass ram.

downtown San Antonio, was the site of this evening’s sedate affair for the thin press corps.

The Venue

Having hosted such dignitaries as Eleanor Roosevelt and Princess Grace of Monaco during its illustrious history, this early 20th century monumental inn was San Antonio’s first luxury hotel.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and its importance to this city’s nightlife can’t be denied.

Eagle above doorway.

Eagle above doorway.

With a recent renovation under its belt, the lobby’s grandeur alone was impressive.  The St. Anthony’s timeless elegance would also be the site of the Waldorf on the Prairie soiree later that week.

Edwardian-era furnishings, high ceilings and crystal chandeliers made most of us feel underdressed, and the DJ spinning hip hop for the millennials in the group, seemed anachronistic.

After a greasy and unappetizing crab cake morsel, it was time to

Griffin.

Griffin.

hit the bar.

The Roca Patrón Roadshow Rides Again

The Roca Patrón roadshow finally hit San Antonio, and the response was unimpressive and underwhelming.

In sharp contrast to the all-out event that Tequila Aficionado Media attended in Austin, Texas at the Brazos Hall in late summer 2014, the San Antonio media’s introduction to Roca Patrón and Patrón’s other lines, was hardly noticed.

No Snifters.

No Snifters.

And, even though this was a major cocktail conference, only a small crew of four bartenders took orders from a prepared menu of Patrón signature drinks that included a build-your-own Old Fashioned using each of Roca Patrón’s expressions.  It left no room for imagination, and a lot to be desired.  But, hey, it was an open bar.

We preferred to sip the Roca Patrón reposado neat since we had determined it to be the star of the line up.  Our bartender that evening agreed, but, sadly, only rocks glasses were available to sip from.

In the end, the juice’s nose and flavor unceremoniously dissipated into the hip hop’s baseline.

Not the average photo booth.

Not the average photo booth.

Ready to call it an uninspired night with no reason to linger, we were again distracted by Patrón.

…But First, A Selfie

With an unusual take on the traditional photo booth, Patrón hired a photographer who encouraged willing souls to pose for black and white photos with, or without, their Patrón signature cocktails in hand.

A separate printer would instantly spit out the Patrón branded selfies where another assistant would graciously frame them for you.  You could even text the photos to your own cell phone.

Lisa and Mike representing Tequila Aficionado Media.

Lisa and Mike representing Tequila Aficionado Media.

Never missing a chance to educate their audience on its products (and to mine more followers on all its social media platforms) the back of the frames shared Patrón production factoids (“Did you know the high quality agave used to produce Patrón is slow baked in small brick ovens for 79 hours?”) while the inside flap invited us to share our photos on their social media accounts with specific hashtags.

Well played, Patrón, well played.

Sipping Off The Cuff: Caos Tequila Blanco

Nominated as a 2014 Brand of Promise, this beautiful blanco was considered an “old style tequila” and their only complaint was “you can’t just have one sip”.

Sipping Off The Cuff: Alma de Agave Tequila Reposado

Mike and Alex highly recommend this reposado. It coats your palate, but not in a bad way, according to them. Give this beefy reposado a try.

Sipping Off The Cuff: Rancho La Joya Tequila Reposado

rancho la joyaRancho La Joya Tequila

35 years ago the Garcia family acquired a land known as “Rancho La Joya” in the heart of the Mexican highlands. The red soil was rich in nutrients, vital to the growth and smooth taste of the world’s most flavorful agave plants. With hard work and dedication, the family turned their land into the most beautiful and productive agave farm in the State of Jalisco – with over 8 MILLION plants.
The family invested a small fortune in research & development to create the most advanced, unique and sanitary tequila distillery in the world.

The Garcia family has grown and harvested the Blue Agave Tequilana Weber variety across three generations. Their vast agave fields are considered the richest in the region, due to the care and effort placed on each plant. Rancho La Joya’s agave has been sold to many of the most popular tequila companies around the world for decades. After years of effort dedicated to creating the richest tasting premium tequila in the world, from the heart of their best plants, the Garcia’s are proud to launch the La Joya brand – designed to deliver the “Pure Feeling” of enjoying the best tasting tequila that Mexico has to offer.

Mike Morales and Alex Perez of Tequila Aficionado Media taste and discuss Rancho La Joya reposado tequila, proclaiming it a “great flavor explosion in your mouth”, an “improvement on the blanco” and were generally impressed.

Sipping Off The Cuff: Rancho La Joya Blanco

rancho la joyaRancho La Joya Tequila

35 years ago the Garcia family acquired a land known as “Rancho La Joya” in the heart of the Mexican highlands. The red soil was rich in nutrients, vital to the growth and smooth taste of the world’s most flavorful agave plants. With hard work and dedication, the family turned their land into the most beautiful and productive agave farm in the State of Jalisco – with over 8 MILLION plants.
The family invested a small fortune in research & development to create the most advanced, unique and sanitary tequila distillery in the world.

The Garcia family has grown and harvested the Blue Agave Tequilana Weber variety across three generations. Their vast agave fields are considered the richest in the region, due to the care and effort placed on each plant. Rancho La Joya’s agave has been sold to many of the most popular tequila companies around the world for decades. After years of effort dedicated to creating the richest tasting premium tequila in the world, from the heart of their best plants, the Garcia’s are proud to launch the La Joya brand – designed to deliver the “Pure Feeling” of enjoying the best tasting tequila that Mexico has to offer.

Mike Morales and Alex Perez of Tequila Aficionado Media taste and discuss Rancho La Joya blanco tequila, deeming it “a very good everyday tequila” but “not a traditional Los Altos tequila”.

Rancho La Joya Tequila

Sipping Off The Cuff: Avion Anejo

Avion Anejo Tequila

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

Avion Anejo

Age: Two years (Twice as long as than the industry norm)
Color: Rich amber
Aroma: Roasted agave with woody notes and hints of peach and cherry
Taste: Luxuriously soft and rich with hints of vanilla, caramel, coconut and maple

40% Alc. by Volume

About Avion Tequila

avion anejoThe 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.

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.

 

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