Sipping off the Cuff | El Consuelo Tequila Reposado

 

Sipping off the Cuff | El Consuelo Tequila Anejo http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4TJEl Consuelo’s tequilas are made in small batches. The Reposado and Añejo are single-barrel aged in Cognac barrels, achieving rich amber colors and unique full-bodied flavors with hints of barrel wood alongside the delicate agave flavors. Our Reposado is aged for 6 months and our Añejo for 12 months.

Sipping off the Cuff | Pasote Tequila Blanco

About Pasote Tequila

Aztecs were among the most loyal, ferocious fighters in history. Victories and sacrifices were celebrated by drinking the sacred agave plant. This pasote spirit lives on in our matchless Jalisco Highlands tequila. Distilled with pure rainwater, natural spring water and agave grown personally by our master tequilero, this liquid art is distinctively herbal and incredibly pure. From the guerreros who guard each bottle to the exacting effort put into its content, we are certain you will revel in our tribute to warriors everywhere.

Pasote rewards agave lovers with the ripe essence of the plant itself, roasted to perfection to bring out its herbaceous depths. A deeper sniff reveals fragrant undertones of bright citrus.

Utterly clean and clear, with an exquisitely soft mouthfeel, the first impression of this beautifully balanced agave tequila is that you’re drinking liquid light. Crisp, zesty citrus dominates the foreground, unfolding mid-palate to pure succulent blue agave. A surprisingly long finish that’s decidedly clean. The distinctive agave taste deliciously lingers on, flecked with hints of white pepper.

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.

The Tequila 3 Ring Circus

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The End of an Era

Inspired by this poignant and heartfelt Facebook post by Tom Nall, the gregarious co-founder of Republic Tequila, and Empresario LLC:

 The Tequila 3 Ring Circus is in Town

The Tequila 3 Ring Circus http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4NmA new circus has replaced “The Greatest Show on Earth.”

Imagine the spotlighted and off kilter Ringmaster who, in a booming Michael Buffer-eske voice announces–

Ladies and gentlemen, turn your attention to Ring Number One!”

Unless, you’ve been living under a rock since January 2017 (we wouldn’t blame you if you are!), you’ve no doubt heard of POTUS’ proposed 20% import tax on Mexican goods to fund the building of “The Great Border Wall” with Mexico to prevent illegal immigration.

Further, POTUS has promised that Mexico itself would pay for the wall.

Anyone with an iota of understanding of economics knows that this tariff would simply be passed onto consumers by the manufacturers of these goods.

And that includes tequila producers and mezcaleros.

According to this recent article, the collateral damage to other peripheral industries would be devastating.

Moreover, the archaic Three Tier System that was established in the United States after Prohibition, and on which alcohol distribution is based, demands that each level of the tier also pass along this 20% tax.

“Clowns are the pegs on which the circus is hung,” P.T. Barnum

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Once POTUS bullied Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in late January 2017 into cancelling his visit to the US if Mexico refused to pay for the 2,000 mile border wall, his strategy backfired.

Each leader took the war to Twitter.

While POTUS berated the Mexican President and screamed about the lopsidedness of the NAFTA agreement, Peña Nieto vehemently argued that Mexico would never pay for such a wall and managed to rally a divided country to his side.

It almost made us nostalgic to watch reruns of Destilando Amor, again.

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Meanwhile, under the Big Top, the Center Ring was where everyone clamored to sit near because only the most prestigious routines happened inside.

Ladies and gentlemen, we direct you to the Center Ring!”

In early February, an interesting thing happened in court.  A precedential ruling was handed down in the case Luxco, Inc. v. Consejo Regulador del Tequila, A.C.

The decision allowed the CRT (Tequila’s governing body in Mexico) to register the word TEQUILA as a certification mark and control its use.

Wait!  What?

Isn’t that the CRT’s job, anyway?

What changed?

The CRT aggressively protects Tequila like Disney or Levi’s conserve their trademarks.

When you read this article explaining the timeline and judgment of the case, you’re amazed at the depth of Luxco’s arrogance to file the lawsuit in the first place and to completely ignore Tequila’s geographic indication.

Surprising, too, since Luxco imports and distributes El Mayor tequila, and re-bottles Exotico and Juarez tequilas that are certified by the CRT as authentic, all at Destiladora González González (NOM 1143).

Makes you shake your head and wonder what Luxco was thinking.

 Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on Ring Number Two!”

The Tequila 3 Ring Circus http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4NmRock & Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar has found a way around his alleged Cabo Wabo Tequila non-compete clause, and recruited his friend and fellow rock star, Adam Levine of Maroon 5 to develop–

Santo Mezquila?

According to its marketing copy, it’s a blend of 100 percent blue agave and espadín agave to “create a smooth and rich tequila flavor with the sweet and smoky taste of mezcal.”

But, what is it?

It’s not completely tequila, even though the 100% blue agave tequila portion is being distilled at Sammy’s original maquiladora, El Viejito (NOM 1107).

It is still unknown, however, at which palenque the mezcal portion is being distilled, and whether it comes from an industrial producer or not.

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One thing for sure, the label will NOT have a NOM number on it.

The Shell Game

As an adult, you realize now that the three ring circus was nothing more than an elaborate con.  An enormous shell game dressed up in glittering sequined costumes and face paint to keep you guessing where the action would take place next.

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The thrills and chills of trapeze artists, lion tamers, high wire stunts, acrobats, jugglers and clowns performing all at once.

Slight of hand and misdirection at its very best.

A View From the Cheap Seats

Unlike today’s stadiums and auditoriums, there was always a bad seat in the house underneath the Big Top, and chances were, you were sitting in it.

There was always a feeling of missing something–a triple somersault, or dancing stallions, or roaring big cats jumping through flaming hoops.

To keep track of the drama from one ring to another, you craned your neck, unless…

You sat in the cheap seats, high above in the nosebleed section.

 Ladies and gentlemen, back to Ring Number One!”

At first, there was some question as to whether tequila and mezcal would fall under the proposed tariff.

Being the largest consumer of tequila in the world, America’s agave lovers were hoping that their favorite spirits would be spared.

Since 100% de agave tequila, and other agave spirits with an appellation of origin, can only be made in Mexico, it seems that the additional tax is almost a certainty.

Newsflash!

We knew the price of tequila was going up, anyway.

We covered this in The Agave Shortage of 2017 is Worse Than We Thought.

Due to an unexpected snowstorm in Arandas in March 2016 that damaged agave crops; subsequent substantial contracts with medium sized maquiladoras (distilleries that produce tequila for various other brands) by transnational corporations tying up enormous quantities of tequila to be bottled under their labels; and aggressive competition for ripe agave by los mieleros (pharmaceutical companies), tequila prices were scaling up.

Whether Mexican spirits are affected by a tariff or not, or due to the scarcity of blue agave, look for prices to increase across the board.

 Ladies and gentlemen, let’s return to Ring Number Two!”

Speaking of the blue agave shortage…The Tequila 3 Ring Circus http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4Nm

Accusations persist that truckloads of espadin agave, generally used to make mezcal, are still being sent by the truckload from Oaxaca to Jalisco headed for tequila distilleries to fulfill pending orders.

Rather than hide this clandestine fact any longer, Sammy and friends have perhaps decided to take the practice public and spin it into Santo Mezquila.

As a result, long time mezcaleros like Doug French of legacy brand Scorpion, have taken to distilling whiskies from heirloom corn to ride out the storm of the espadin shortage.

Also, to conserve wild agave species, as well as to ensure future supplies for his wildly popular mezcal expressions, Doug has planted small plots of agave instead of trying to compete with deeper celebrity pockets.

“To the Center Ring for the Grand Finale!”

While we still scratch our heads about the Luxco court decision, and if, in fact, POTUS does levy a 20% tax on all Mexican imports, including Mexican beer and spirits, here’s a few possible scenarios to consider.

The Human Cannonball

If the above cited article is correct, beer and tequila companies are using NAFTA only 8% of the time, and tequila comes in free for all World Trade Organization (WTO) members, anyway.

The proposed tariff would, in essence, tear up NAFTA, regardless of whether POTUS decides to renegotiate it or not, and fire a message across to Mexico that he’s not kidding around.  But…

Mexican President Peña Nieto has an ace up his sleeve.

More Fun than a Barrel of Monkeys

The Tequila 3 Ring Circus http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4NmRemember this flash from the past from 2003?

POTUS’ blatant disdain for Mexicans could lead to the CRT and Mexico retaliating by requiring that all tequila shipped in bulk to the United States be bottled in Mexico to insure the quality of the juice.

The consequences of this move, as described in the above cited DISCUS (Distilled Spirits Council of the United States) press release could be cataclysmic, particularly for those bottling plants in the Southern US.

Surely, this tactic would be fully endorsed by former Mexican President, Vicente Fox, who has no love loss with POTUS, and under whose term the ban was originally proposed.

Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys

Enraged, POTUS might completely disregard Appellations of Origin, in general, and not just Mexico’s.

He could allow micro and craft distillers across the country to make American tequila, mezcal, sotol, champagne, Bordeaux, and anything else that is protected by geographic indicators, triggering international incidents.

Pernod Ricard, maker of Avión and Olmeca Altos tequila, has already expressed its concern about this possibility.

51-49% cognac, anyone?

Don’t look now.  It’s already happening.

Products like Three Wells from Tucson, Arizona, and the controversial Besado

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calling itself “tequila” are already capturing the public’s attention, and commanding shelf space.

And, for the second or third time (we’ve lost count), South Africa is throwing its hat in the ring with its version of “tequila.”

Here’s a thought:

Maybe THIS is what Luxco was going for, after all?

This Way to the Egress

The way we see it, the CRT will have its hands full policing impostors on this side of the wall and abroad.  But…

The Tequila 3 Ring Circus http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4Nm

As Master Marketer, and P.T. Barnum expert, Joe Vitale says, “people will spend their last dime to be entertained,” and that includes their favorite agave spirits.

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By the way, P.T. Barnum never said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”  Instead, he professed that, “There’s a customer born every minute.”

Be an informed customer.

Demand authenticity and transparency from your favorite agave spirit producer.

Don’t be a sucker.

Sipping off the Cuff | Besado Infused Agave Spirit

 

Sipping off the Cuff | Besado Infused Agave Spirit http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4Ty

From the Besado Website:
“A seductive twist on premium tequila. Besado is a premium tequila prestigiously blended with exotic herbs and flavors with a limited yearly production in small batches. Only the finest blue agave tequila is distilled three times and blended with our proprietary herbal infusion of Ginseng, Damiana, and Maca for an incredibly smooth and refined taste. Each bottle is handcrafted, delicately filled and inspected for shape, beauty, quality and volume.”

 

From Tequila Aficionado:
Although Besado may call itself “Tequila”, we can not confirm a NOM number and therefore must classify it as an “Infused Agave Spirit”.

 

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.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Embajador Tequila

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Have you ever wondered what to pair with tequila for a Valentine’s celebration?  Embajador Tequila has put together a Pinterest board to help you with surprising your Valentine, or maybe just treating yourself and friends, to some delightful holiday pairings.

If you’ve had Embajador, you’ll know that the orange groves surrounding their estate owned agave fields show themselves in the nose and flavor profile of Embajador Tequila.  For this reason, one of the easiest pairings with Embajador is anything that includes cinnamon or cloves – like churros!  Check out this pin to make these beauties to the right.

If you’re an oak head and prefer Embajador’s anejo, aged in Bourbon barrels, then we heartily suggest pairing with chocolate and/or caramel flavors.  The combination is one you’re sure to love!

Are you looking for a quick but amazing Valentine’s Day gift you can pick up at a moment’s notice?

Try a bottle of Embajador Anejo and a box of chocolate turtles!

If you’d like to make the turtles to the left, click here.

If you prefer Reposado, then we might suggest a white chocolate mousse garnished with raspberries.  The flavors and textures in each will marry well for a delicious treat.

Click here for the recipe to the right.

For the purist who loves the fresh light flavors in Embajador Blanco or a Valentine that prefers to eat healthy or has a restrictive nutrition plan, we suggest combining Embajador Blanco with a heart shaped fruit platter.  This one comes with an orange cream recipe for dipping.

No matter which expression of Embajador you choose to pair with tonight, we’re certain your Valentine will love you for it!

 

Click on the image below to visit the Embajador Tequila Pinboard for Valentine’s Day.  There are pairing suggestions to fit every palate.  Whether you’re looking for a last minute gift or something to celebrate a special occasion, these are all winners.  While you’re there, check out their margarita pinboard for National Margarita Day next week!

1921 La Crema Tequila Liqueur Scones Recipe

1921 La Crema Tequila Liqueur Scones Recipe http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4wTIf you’ve seen any of my social media posts then you know that I am big on baking. If I find a great flavored tequila I feel the best test for it is to use it in scones. If my crew of taste testers eats them up quickly then I know I have a winner.

That was exactly the case when I put 1921 La Crema into a batch of scones. These scones came out rich and fluffy with the perfect hint of caramel, chocolate, and cinnamon, the flavors you love in Tequila 1921 La Crema. A tiny dusting of cinnamon on the top of the scones simply adds to the appeal.

These are excellent for serving with coffee, tea, or a glass of 1921 La Crema.

 

1921 La Crema Tequila Liqueur Scone Recipe http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4wT

 

1921 La Crema Scones Recipe

  • 1921 La Crema Tequila Liqueur Scone Recipe http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4wT 3 Cups Flour
  • 2T Baking Powder (omit if using self-rising flour)
  • 1/2t Salt
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1/2 C Butter (Softened)
  • 2T Coconut Oil
  • 1 C Raisins
  • 1t Cinnamon
  • 1/2 C 1921 La Crema Liqueur
  • 1 1/4 C Milk

Mix all ingredients together well, then turn onto well-floured surface.

Fold several times, then pat to about one inch thick.  Use a large biscuit cutter to cut scones and then place on greased baking sheet.  (Makes about 12)

Bake at 400 for 25 minutes.

Remove from oven, brush with melted butter, dust with cinnamon and enjoy!

 

21 Things to Do with 21 Tequila Bottles

21 Things to Do with 21 Tequila Bottles http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4uYAnyone can figure out 21 things to do with 21 Tequila.  Any tequila from a distillery like Nom 1414 is easily sipped or mixed in a million different combinations of cocktails.  But what I found particularly inspiring about 21 Tequila is the bottle. These are not aluminum bottles to be simply tossed away, they are food grade stainless steel.

Now I have been a big fan of stainless steel containers all of my life, having grown up in a blue-collar family of carpenters who never left home without a thermos of coffee.  Those thermoses fell off high rises and houses alike and still kept their coffee safe and warm.  So when I saw these significant stainless steel bottles that 21 Tequila came in, I knew we could not just throw them away or put them in a box in the bottle library.

These bottles deserve their own blog so I’ve compiled a list of 21 things that you can do with these great 21 Tequila bottles after you’ve finished drinking the great tequila inside them.

21 Uses for 21 Tequila Bottles

  1. 21 Things to Do with 21 Tequila Bottles http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4uYTake them to the pool filled with any tasty beverage.
  2. Take them to the beach filled with margaritas.
  3. Take them to parties and show off your mixology skills.
  4. Use them as refillable, dishwasher safe, water bottles.
  5. Store mouthwash in them.  People will love your bathroom!
  6. Use the blanco & reposado bottles for oil and vinegar.
  7. Mix salad dressing in them for picnics or potlucks.
  8. Keep your barbeque sauce in them. You’ll be a BBQ god!
  9. Use them as shaker bottles for meal replacement or protein drinks.
  10. Keep them in your bar for cocktail shakers.
  11. Mix fresh margaritas in them and store them in your reezer for a great frozen margarita.
  12. Fill them with ice and use them as something cold for your head when you have too many sweet cocktails.
  13. Use them as a coffee thermos.
  14. Mix your drinks in them and take them tubing on a river (they float).
  15. Use them for keeping your Gatorade cool during long bike rides.
  16. Use them as forms for your cowboy boots.
  17. Use them for egg storage when camping (break the eggs into the bottle and refrigerate).  You can shake them up for scrambled or drop them out one at a time for fried eggs over a campfire.
  18. Store camping matches in them to keep them dry.
  19. Store your loose change in them.
  20. Put a few pennies inside and use them for dog training.
  21. Keep one at your desk for pen & pencil storage.

Diva Tequila Waffles Recipe

Diva Tequila Waffles http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4uMFew infused tequilas are done well, but when you find one with as versatile a flavor profile as Diva Tequila, it’s worth taking the time to experiment with it.  I’ve been using Diva Tequila in the kitchen for years now and heartily recommend adding Diva Tequila Waffles to your next brunch menu.

Diva Tequila Waffles Recipe

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 box Jello (I like Orange, Strawberry or Lemon) mix
  • ¾ cup water
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup Diva Tequila
  • 3 eggs

Mix all ingredients well and cook in well-oiled waffle iron.

Top waffles with whipped cream, mandarin orange pieces and/or fresh strawberries.

Serve with a Pink Paloma made with:

  • 2oz Diva Tequila
  • 4oz Grapefruit Juice
  • Serve in glass with ice

Caprese Salad with Siempre Tequila

Caprese Salad with Siempre Tequila http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4vs The first time I tried Siempre Tequila, I knew immediately that it’s herbaceousness would work perfectly in a vinaigrette.

Now when most people consider using tequila in a salad dressing they want to start adding avocados and limes and getting all kitchy on the Margarita theme. But I’m here to tell you that you need to stop doing that.

The next time you are looking for a salad, consider a Caprese salad without all that balsamic nonsense going around and use a Siempre Tequila dressing instead.  That’s right, no balsamic anything, no avocados, no limes, and nothing that smacks of a margarita.

 

Caprese Salad with Siempre Tequila http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4vsCaprese Dressing Ingredients

  • 3 Tbl extra-virgin Olive oil
  • 5 Tbl Siempre Tequila
  • 4 cloves garlic (skinned)
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 c fresh basil leaves (loosely packed)
  • 10 basil leaves for topping

Preparation

Place first 6 ingredients in pulse style blender and blend until dressing is consistent and smooth. Serve drizzled over sliced tomatoes and cheese (mozzarella or goat cheese). The classic Caprese alternates tomato and cheese slices on a platter.

 

 Italian Dressing Ingredients

    • 6 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons Siempre Tequila
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
    • Pinch of dried oregano

PREPARATION

Combine all ingredients in small bowl and whisk to blend. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

Sipping Off the Cuff | Kapena Infused Tequila

Sipping Off the Cuff | Kapena Infused Tequila http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4OfKapena is Li Hing Infused Tequila with natural flavoring, artificial coloring, and artificial sweetener. They select the finest Weber Blue Agave plants to create a premium 100% Agave Tequila that is then infused with select Li Hing flavoring. The result is an ultra premium distilled spirit with a unique island flavor. Kapena means “Captain” in Hawaiian.

Find Kapena Tequila on Facebook by clicking here.

Product Description

Kapena starts with the finest 100% Agave Tequila. Select Blue Weber Agave Plants are harvested in the Los Altos (Highlands) region of Jalisco. Each agave plant takes 8-10 years to reach the perfect age. The Los Altos region is known for its rich soil and large agave plants. The temperatures in Los Altos drop considerably in the evening which requires the agave plants to take longer to reach maturity. We believe that quality is worth the wait. Our Select Blue Weber Agave Plants then go through the cooking, fermenting, and distilling process. Our expert distillers meticulously separate the heads and tails (lower quality tequila with unwanted aldehydes produced at the start and end of the distilling process) from the “heart” or highest quality tequila. The result is a mellow, smooth, and ultra-pure, 100% Agave Tequila worthy of the Kapena name. 45% ABV

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.