Sipping Off the Cuff | 4 Copas Tequila Anejo

About 4 Copas Añejo:

Sipping Off the Cuff | 4 Copas Tequila Anejo http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4VhPure and authentic, the ultimate taste experience. 4 Copas Añejo is aged in American White Oak carefully charred and refined in taste.

The Añejo, a crowning achievement, was the special creation of Sebastian Melendrez and his all-star team whose work spanned seven years.

In the mouth, it is ever so soft and pleasant with sweet texture. The nose is harmonious and elegant with aromas of dry fruit, hints of cherry, peach, apricot and rose petals, special and purely organic.

It is best to approach this special Tequila as a scotch or cognac drinker would, raising your level of expectation to meet the agave flavored purity. Expect to be in love with the experience upon the very first sip.

Enjoy this expression chilled or neat over ice. Know that this pure organic Tequila experience in the 4 Copas Añejo will be an unparalleled experience.

 

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Sipping Off the Cuff | 4 Copas Tequila Reposado

About 4 Copas Reposado:

Sipping Off the Cuff | 4 Copas Tequila Reposado http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4VgThis flavorful selection of 4 Copas takes the artfully crafted product and ages the juices an additional 9 months to enrich and enhance the pure agave flavor cues—so pleasing in the Blanco—to new and surprising levels of taste. The Editors of Wine and Spirits Magazine have specifically called out the Reposado vanilla, coconut and gently cooked agave flavor cues.

These characteristics led to 4 Copas Reposado winning the esteemed San Francisco World Spirit Competition Gold Medal.

The noble and distinct pure taste of 4 Copas award winning Reposado is its own reward, but we are very proud of each of its awards nonetheless.

Enjoy chilled either neat or over ice and you will experience its most pure taste experience.

 

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Sipping Off the Cuff | 4 Copas Tequila Blanco

About 4 Copas Blanco:

Sipping Off the Cuff | 4 Copas Tequila Blanco http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4Vf4 Copas Blanco is at one with its organic agave taste. To experience one is to experience the other. It is the foundation of 4 Copas pure agave taste with all impurities eliminated and none added from source to distillation. To best enjoy while envisioning the farm to distillation and bottling process, chill to 16 degrees then let the product breathe in the glass to allow the full fruit of the tequila to roll gently across your palate. A rush of natural fruit flavor cues will connect you to its organic and pure roots.

 

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Tequila Aficionado Media Goes Global with 2016 Brands of Promise Award Winners

Tequila Aficionado Media Goes Global with 2016 Brands of Promise Award Winners

Champions worthy agave spirits brands in various categories

2016 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Blanco Tequila Winners

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February, 7, 2017, San Antonio, TXTequila Aficionado Media kicks off the spirits awards season by breaking the seal on the results of the 4th Annual 2016 Brands of Promise© Awards for Tequila, Mezcal and other assorted agave distillates.

2016 Brands of Promise Legacy Blanco, Legacy High Proof, and Blanco Rustico Winners

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Among the stellar stand outs of the 2016 Brands Of Promise© was upstart DesMaDre Tequila snagging Platinum medals in both the Reposado and Añejo categories.

Congratulations to the 2016 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Reposado Winners!

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Canadian-based newcomer, Siempre Tequila, gave a strong showing capturing a Silver award in the Blanco division, while El Consuelo Tequila was bestowed a Gold medal in the highly underserved Organic Blanco segment.

Congratulations to the 2016 Brands of Promise Reposado Reserva & Legacy Reposado Winners @tequiladonlorenzo @muchotetequila

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Long time fan favorite, Muchoté tequila scored Gold in both the Reposado and Value classes, and was recognized as the top Legacy Reposado, as well.

Internationally acclaimed Tequila Tres Ochos shined with a Gold prize in packaging while also tying for a Bronze decoration in the Añejo bracket.

Congratulations to the 2016 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise winners in tequila liqueur & tequila packaging!

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The recently rebranded Tequila 512 from Austin, Texas tied for a Platinum prize in Tequila packaging, and bagged a Silver in the Añejo group.

Esteemed regional Texas brand, Pepe Zevada Tequila tied for a Bronze in the Añejo division, but gathered a Gold in the popular Extra Añejo tier.

For the second year in a row, the burgeoning Ready-To-Drink market was cornered by JLP Craft Margaritas, walking away with Gold honors for both their Strawberry Lime and Pomegranate assortments to go hand-in-hand with last year’s Golden Lime Margarita.

2016 Brands of Promise Awards for Ready-to-Drink tequila cocktails

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Landing the Judges’ Best-of-Show accolade was dark horse, Hacienda Mercado Tequila.  The Illinois based label placed in the money in the Blanco, Reposado and Añejo races.

Mezcals of all types were acknowledged by Tequila Aficionado’s judges at the 2016 Brands of Promise©:

Celebrated mezcal start up, Santo Diablo joven swept a Gold trophy, as did Estancia Raicilla, Sotol Por Siempre, and Los Osuna Blue Agave Spirit, in their respective subdivisions.

Congratulations to the 2016 Brands of Promise Mezcal Winners!

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Special recognition went to pioneering brand, Scorpion, in the Legacy Mezcal classification.  Having commemorated 20 years in 2015 as the original leader in globalizing entry level mezcals into 16 countries and 38 states, it garnered Gold citations for both its Aficionado Sampler 4 Agave Varietal Tasting Pack and 5-year Espadin Extra Añejo.

The Tasting Pack offering, which includes blue agave, espadin, barril and tobala, was especially heralded by the judges as a complete introduction to experiencing different mezcals distilled from distinct species of agave.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise awards for Mezcal Packaging!

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For a complete Consumer Bucket List of Brand Of Promise© winners and nominees, click here.

About the Brands Of Promise© Awards

All agave spirits brands were judged by Founder, Alex Perez, CEO, M.A. “Mike” Morales, as well as by other Tequila Aficionado Media staff, on how they performed during Tequila Aficionado’s wildly popular Sipping Off The Cuff™ video series seen regularly on TequilaAficionado.com and viewable on its YouTube channel.

 

Unlike other spirits contests, The Brands Of Promise© Awards does not require participating agave spirit brands to pay an entry fee.  It also does not charge winners additional hefty licensing tariffs for the rights to use the medal award graphics on their labels, neck tags, shelf talkers, brochures, point-of-sale materials and websites.

To enter your tequila, mezcal, sotol, raicilla, bacanora or other agave spirit or related product in the coveted 2017 Brands Of Promise© Awards, email mike@tequilaaficionado.com , NOW!

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Sipping Off the Cuff | Serpiente Emplumada Extra Anejo Tequila

About La Serpiente Emplumada

The Feathered Serpent, Quetzalcoatl

Sipping Off the Cuff | Serpiente Emplumada Extra Anejo Tequila http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4USLegend tells that there was one day when Quetzalcoatl, enraged by seeing how humans worshiped other gods with temples and sacrifices, decided to descend to the underworld and became a human himself in order to teach the people his knowledge.

Quetzalcoatl, by stopping one of the sacrifices, provoked the fury of his brother Tezcatlipoca (Huitzilopochtli) and the latter decided to get revenge using a trap against his brother. Tezcatlipoca handed his brother a liquid as a “gift”.

Quetzalcoatl drank the liquid and got drunk. Without knowing what he was doing, he slept with one of the women of the temple. The next morning feeling guilty for what he had done, he decided to build a boat with snakes and leave the town. He sank forever and was reborn as the Morning Star. He later adopted the name of Quetzalcoatl, which means The Feathered Serpent.

FTC Disclaimer: All samples are received free of charge but no payment is accepted by Tequila Aficionado or its agents for reviews. All reviews are the opinions of those participating in the tasting and positive reviews are never guaranteed.

Sipping Off the Cuff | Tequila 512 Reposado

ABOUT TEQUILA 512:

Sipping Off the Cuff | Tequila 512 Reposado http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4URSCOTT WILLIS WENT TO JALISCO IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT ANYTIME TEQUILA. HE RETURNED WITH TEQUILA 512.
In Austin, tequila isn’t saved for special occasions. It’s a standard go-to. It’s one of the many things Scott loves about the town he calls home, and why he set out to create a tequila that could be enjoyed anytime.
In Jalisco he found Luis Trejo, master distiller at La Cofradia. Batch by batch, they made their way to the earthy, spicy yet surprisingly smooth tequila we bottle today. The magic moment came when Scott decided to add a third distillation, making the good juice they’d created together just a bit smoother.
Scott’s friends back in Austin loved the results. So did the judges at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, who awarded Tequila 512 Double Gold and Best In Show.
To this day, Scott returns to Jalisco to taste every new batch, ensuring each is as good as the last. Because when it comes to great tequila, taste is the only test that matters.

FTC Disclaimer: All samples are received free of charge but no payment is accepted by Tequila Aficionado or its agents for reviews. All reviews are the opinions of those participating in the tasting and positive reviews are never guaranteed.

Sipping Off the Cuff | Serpiente Emplumada Anejo Tequila

About La Serpiente Emplumada

The Feathered Serpent, Quetzalcoatl

Sipping Off the Cuff | Serpiente Emplumada Anejo Tequila http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4UQLegend tells that there was one day when Quetzalcoatl, enraged by seeing how humans worshiped other gods with temples and sacrifices, decided to descend to the underworld and became a human himself in order to teach the people his knowledge.

Quetzalcoatl, by stopping one of the sacrifices, provoked the fury of his brother Tezcatlipoca (Huitzilopochtli) and the latter decided to get revenge using a trap against his brother. Tezcatlipoca handed his brother a liquid as a “gift”.

Quetzalcoatl drank the liquid and got drunk. Without knowing what he was doing, he slept with one of the women of the temple. The next morning feeling guilty for what he had done, he decided to build a boat with snakes and leave the town. He sank forever and was reborn as the Morning Star. He later adopted the name of Quetzalcoatl, which means The Feathered Serpent.

FTC Disclaimer: All samples are received free of charge but no payment is accepted by Tequila Aficionado or its agents for reviews. All reviews are the opinions of those participating in the tasting and positive reviews are never guaranteed.

Sipping Off the Cuff | Tequila 512 Blanco

ABOUT TEQUILA 512:

Sipping Off the Cuff | Tequila 512 Blanco http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4UPSCOTT WILLIS WENT TO JALISCO IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT ANYTIME TEQUILA. HE RETURNED WITH TEQUILA 512.

In Austin, tequila isn’t saved for special occasions. It’s a standard go-to. It’s one of the many things Scott loves about the town he calls home, and why he set out to create a tequila that could be enjoyed anytime.
In Jalisco he found Luis Trejo, master distiller at La Cofradia. Batch by batch, they made their way to the earthy, spicy yet surprisingly smooth tequila we bottle today. The magic moment came when Scott decided to add a third distillation, making the good juice they’d created together just a bit smoother.
Scott’s friends back in Austin loved the results. So did the judges at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, who awarded Tequila 512 Double Gold and Best In Show.
To this day, Scott returns to Jalisco to taste every new batch, ensuring each is as good as the last. Because when it comes to great tequila, taste is the only test that matters.

FTC Disclaimer: All samples are received free of charge but no payment is accepted by Tequila Aficionado or its agents for reviews. All reviews are the opinions of those participating in the tasting and positive reviews are never guaranteed.

Sipping Off the Cuff | Serpiente Emplumada Silver Tequila

About La Serpiente Emplumada

The Feathered Serpent, Quetzalcoatl

Sipping Off the Cuff | Serpiente Emplumada Silver Tequila http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4UOLegend tells that there was one day when Quetzalcoatl, enraged by seeing how humans worshiped other gods with temples and sacrifices, decided to descend to the underworld and became a human himself in order to teach the people his knowledge.

Quetzalcoatl, by stopping one of the sacrifices, provoked the fury of his brother Tezcatlipoca (Huitzilopochtli) and the latter decided to get revenge using a trap against his brother. Tezcatlipoca handed his brother a liquid as a “gift”.

Quetzalcoatl drank the liquid and got drunk. Without knowing what he was doing, he slept with one of the women of the temple. The next morning feeling guilty for what he had done, he decided to build a boat with snakes and leave the town. He sank forever and was reborn as the Morning Star. He later adopted the name of Quetzalcoatl, which means The Feathered Serpent.

FTC Disclaimer: All samples are received free of charge but no payment is accepted by Tequila Aficionado or its agents for reviews. All reviews are the opinions of those participating in the tasting and positive reviews are never guaranteed.

Sipping Off the Cuff | Tequila Villa Lobos Reposado

About Tequila Villa Lobos

Tequila Villa Lobos is the result of a friendship and close collaboration with two of the worlds most respected and trusted authorities on Tequila: Carlos Camarena and Dale Sklar. The agave used for Villa Lobos is entirely harvested by agaveros from the Camarena Family plantations in Los Altos, the celebrated Arandas highlands, thus ensuring only the sweetest & most mature are used. Villa Lobos is a perfect example of handcrafted Tequila made with passion and care in the traditional way.

Sipping Off the Cuff | Tequila Villa Lobos Reposado http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4UJHow Villa Lobos Tequila is made

To see where Villa Lobos Tequila is distilled, is to go back over a century to one of the last distilleries of its kind in Mexico where production is still done by hand in the old fashioned way, slowly and with ‘corazon’ (heart). The agave used for Villa Lobos is entirely harvested by agaveros from the Camarena Family plantations in Los Altos, (the celebrated Arandas highlands), thus ensuring only the very finest plants are used.
Carlos, like his Father before him Don Felipe, and his Grandfather before him, regularly walks through the agave fields to see how the plants are developing.
The source of the liquid that ultimately after crushing, fermentation & double distillation, becomes Villa Lobos Tequila. ‘autoclaves’/ pressure cookers’) but this wouldn’t be good enough for Villa Lobos.

Cooking

The finest agave with the highest fructose levels are used to make Villa Lobos (lesser grades will be sold to other Tequila producers in the area). The specially selected Agave plants are slowly cooked in the old traditional brick ovens (almost all distilleries now use rapid cooking stainless steel ‘autoclaves’/ pressure cookers’) but this wouldn’t be good enough for Villa Lobos.
The smell of the cooked Agave hearts is beyond description and is like the sweetest of honey… indeed it is called,‘Miel deagave’ (honey of the agave).

Milling

The agave is then crushed in the mill in order to separate the agave juice from the fibre. Natural spring water is then added to the juice before fermentation and squeezed and the juice is slowly fermented in large wooden fermentation tanks.
(Wooden tanks have almost disappeared from distilleries now-a-days, as they are so much harder to work with, however their end result is beyond comparison.)

Fermenting

Only the local natural yeasts blowing in on the wind through the glass-free open ‘windows’ are used to ferment the juice, and slowly the bubbling of the juices starts as the yeasts convert the natural plant sugars into carbon-dioxide and alcohol.
When the sugars are fully fermented, the juices are taken into the copper pot stills and slowly distilled twice to produce the ultimate tequila possible… The pride of the La Alteña distillery, Villa Lobos. The result of the first distillation is known as ‘ordinario’ and eliminates some of the fatty acids and oily compounds.We then carry out the second distillation to produce the smoothest Tequila we can make with the most delicate aromas and flavour. Only Villa Lobos Tequila is made by us in this way. In order to concentrate the flavours we do something unique to us … we keep the blanco in steel tanks for 6 months to allow it to rest and slowly oxidise, so its flavours and bouquetare enhanced.
This delay is expensive…normally tequila blanco is bottled immediately by most Tequileros, however Villa Lobos is not ‘most Tequilas’! The blanco thus has an incredibly smooth finish with the famous spicy, white-pepper nose so beloved of the great Arandas Tequila houses.

Aging

Some of the Tequila (Reposado) will be taken away and left in American oak Barrels to mature for up to 12 months. They will take on the darker gold tones of the oak barrels; and some will lie for 1-2 years or even more and become even darker and smoother and labelled as Añejo (old).
Just a few barrels will be retained for up to five years for bottling and labelling as Extra Añejo…an expensive luxury to slowly sip and savour for those special occasions !

A WORD FROM CARLOS

I specially select each barrel after a personal tasting. Only the very best quality product will be bottled as Villa Lobos. This tequila is made to honour and respect the memory of my father Don Felipe Camarena and my grandfather, founders of the dynasty. In their name I am proud to bring you Villa Lobos, one of the greatest tequilas in all of Mexico.
¡Salud!

FTC Disclaimer: All samples are received free of charge but no payment is accepted by Tequila Aficionado or its agents for reviews. All reviews are the opinions of those participating in the tasting and positive reviews are never guaranteed.