Sipping Off the Cuff | JLP Pomegranate Margaritas

JLP Pomegranate Margaritas

Mike Morales and Lisa Pietsch get together for two very special episodes of Sipping Off the Cuff with JLP Margaritas.  If you’ve been following us, you know that we’ve awarded the Golden Lime Margarita a Gold Medal but this is the first time we’ve had the opportunity to taste the Strawberry and Pomegranate flavors.  Watch to see what we thought of the Pomegranate:

Sipping Off the Cuff | JLP Pomegranate Margaritas http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4rR
Though our video was cut off before we could sign off, we agreed this was POMMETASTIC and worthy of a Brand of Promise Nomination.

*NOTE* 

We have confirmation from brand owner, Javier Martinez, JLP is NOT diffused tequila.  JLP is cooked in hornos de mamposteria for 72 hrs and then double column distilled.

Find JLP Tequila Online

About JLP Tequila:

Sipping Off the Cuff | JLP Pomegranate Margaritas http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4rRWhy we call it JLP The Presidents Tequila?
Back in 1758, Jesus Lopez Y Galindo(JLP descendant), Governor of the Villa of Tequila in the Jalisco region, gave possession of a Hacienda to Jose Antonio Cuervo in the name of King Carlos III of Spain.
It was there that in 1795 Maria Magdalena Ignacio Cuervo married Vicente Albino Rojas(JLP descendant) and founded the distillery “La Rojena.” They would become the first to receive the official concession to produce Tequila-Wine on the land that is today known as Tequila, Jalisco. It was in the 19th Century that the family brought in a German agronomist by the name of Franz Weber(who married into JLP’s family) to classify the Agave plant. Today it is known as Agave Tequiliana Azul Weber, the foundation for all fine tequila.
With this rich heritage it was only fitting that JLP would develop his very own Tequila.

12 oz.can featuring JLP Blanco Tequila. 9% alcohol, non-carbonated.
Flavors: Golden Lime, Strawberry-Lime & Pomegranate.

JLP, is elaborated at Productos Finos de Agave, S.A. de C.V. NOM 1416
Denomination of Origin(DOT)138

R.I.P. Don Feliciano Vivanco Fonseca

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R.I.P. Don Feliciano Vivanco Fonseca http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4sgR.I.P. Don Feliciano Vivanco Fonseca http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4sgWith the experience of 4 generations of agave producers for tequila such as Sauza, Cuervo, Orendain, 3 Magueyes, etc., in 1990 Don Feliciano Vivanco Fonseca and his children decided to establish Tequilera “Feliciano Vivanco and Associates”, with the philosophy of creating the best tequilas in the world.

With a small distillery located in the municipality of Arandas, in the heart of the Los Altos region of Jalisco, they began production in 1992.  Paying special attention to the quality and purity of the tequila made, with an annual production of approximately 80,000 litres of 100% of blue agave tequila, they brought VIVA MEXICO to the market in January of 1994.

R.I.P. Don Feliciano Vivanco Fonseca http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4sgR.I.P. Don Feliciano Vivanco Fonseca http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4sgWith great diligence and with a clear objective of producing only tequila of excellent quality, the family Vivanco Lozano continuous with the production and aging of 100% blue agave Tequila, in white oak barrels.

Since 1998, his company has achieved much with “VIVA MEXICO” in local, regional and international markets, as well as the international recognition of NOM 1414 by the many outstanding brands that entrust their production and elaboration of their profiles to NOM 1414.

Don Feliciano leaves a legacy of the highest quality tequila brands available today.

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En Espanol

yeyo-tequilaAhora con la experiencia de 4 generaciones de productores e introductores de agave en fábricas de tequila como Sauza, Cuervo, Orendain, 3 Magueyes, etc., para el año de 1990 Don Feliciano Vivanco Fonseca y sus hijos decidieron fundar la Empresa Tequilera “Feliciano Vivanco y Asociados”, con la filosofía de hacer uno de los mejores tequilas del mundo.

honorCon una pequeña pero funcional Destilería, ubicada en el municipio de Arandas, en el corazón de la región de los Altos de Jalisco, inicia a finales de 1992 las pruebas de producción, saliendo al mercado el producto en enero de 1994 con la marca “VIVA MÉXICO” poniendo una especial atención a la calidad y pureza del tequila elaborado, con una producción anual de aproximadamente 80,000 litros de tequila 100% de agave azul, Tequilana Weber.

03201020_51490ef38d1c2Con gran ahínco y con el objetivo muy claro de producir sólo tequila de excelente calidad, la familia Vivanco Lozano continua con la producción y añejamiento de Tequila 100% de Agave Azul, en barricas de roble blanco, a través de los más controlados procesos de fabricación artesanal.

tequila 21De 1998 a la fecha, la Compañía se ha ido consolidando, llegando en estos años a lograr con su Tequila “Viva México” un papel reconocido en la participación del mercado local, regional e internacional de tequilas, así como el reconocimiento internacional de NOM 1414 por las diferentes maquilas que nos encomiendan la producción y elaboración de sus perfiles para ostentarlos con sus marcas. Ahora los productos que se fabrican en la CASA VIVA MEXICO se pueden encontrar en los países Nórdicos, Rusia, España, y los Estados Unidos .los miembros de la familia Vivanco forman parte de una nueva generación de tequileros orgullosos de la bebida nacional por excelencia han logrado por su experiencia y años de trabajo ser puntos de referencia en entrevistas y opiniones respecto de la cultura del tequila y su cadena productiva.

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Photo courtesy of Muchote

Sipping Off the Cuff | JLP Strawberry Margaritas

JLP Strawberry Margaritas

Mike Morales and Lisa Pietsch get together for two very special episodes of Sipping Off the Cuff with JLP Margaritas.  If you’ve been following us, you know that we’ve awarded the Golden Lime Margarita a Gold Medal but this is the first time we’ve had the opportunity to taste the Strawberry and Pomegranate flavors.  Watch to see what we thought of the Strawberry:

Sipping Off the Cuff | JLP Strawberry Margaritas http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4rI

*NOTE* 

We have confirmation from brand owner, Javier Martinez, JLP is NOT diffused tequila.  JLP is cooked in hornos de mamposteria for 72 hrs and then double column distilled.
Find JLP Tequila Online

About JLP Tequila:

Sipping Off the Cuff | JLP Strawberry Margaritas http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4rIWhy we call it JLP The Presidents Tequila?
Back in 1758, Jesus Lopez Y Galindo(JLP descendant), Governor of the Villa of Tequila in the Jalisco region, gave possession of a Hacienda to Jose Antonio Cuervo in the name of King Carlos III of Spain.
It was there that in 1795 Maria Magdalena Ignacio Cuervo married Vicente Albino Rojas(JLP descendant) and founded the distillery “La Rojena.” They would become the first to receive the official concession to produce Tequila-Wine on the land that is today known as Tequila, Jalisco. It was in the 19th Century that the family brought in a German agronomist by the name of Franz Weber(who married into JLP’s family) to classify the Agave plant. Today it is known as Agave Tequiliana Azul Weber, the foundation for all fine tequila.
With this rich heritage it was only fitting that JLP would develop his very own Tequila.

12 oz.can featuring JLP Blanco Tequila. 9% alcohol, non-carbonated.
Flavors: Golden Lime, Strawberry-Lime & Pomegranate.

JLP, is elaborated at Productos Finos de Agave, S.A. de C.V. NOM 1416
Denomination of Origin(DOT)138

Tequila Aficionado Tour FAQs

What is the Purpose for Tequila Aficionado Tours?

Tequila Aficionado Tour FAQs http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4s2The main purpose for our annual tours is to seek out interesting places and situations that will allow us to create great social media content for the brands that come on as sponsors and introduce our readers and viewers to their products.  This is an influencer marketing campaign that kicks off the holiday buying season for our sponsors.

What Do Sponsors Get?

Each year, we develop a different sponsor package based upon the most popular social networks that agave spirits brands will want to be seen on.  Every piece of content we create goes out to our networks and reaches over half a million consumers.

If you have accounts with the networks we’re posting to, you can share the content we create with your following but…

If you don’t have an account with a network we’re using, you still get the benefit of having a presence on that network through Tequila Aficionado.

Desmadre #Tequila, cooling off after its hot ride through Texas in the UPS truck. #sponsored #taheartland #ups #texas

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But My Brand isn’t Available in the States You’re Visiting.

Tequila Aficionado Tour FAQs http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4s2We aren’t visiting these places to sell your brand in those states.  We’re visiting these places because they grab our audience’s attention and provide us with great backdrops to create social media content about your brand.  It doesn’t matter if your brand is available where we’re going.  When brands aren’t available and we share them with aficionados, they start looking for them and creating buzz.

Tequila Aficionado has a worldwide audience!  Do you think it matters to the aficionados in Maine that they don’t have Gracias A Dios Mezcal in their local liquor store?  Of course not!  They know they love mezcal, saw our reviews and the social posts we made about it, and now they’re looking for it online and wherever they travel.

But What if I Already Have an Ad Agency?

We aren’t an ad agency.  We are influencers in the agave spirits industry.

Tequila Aficionado Tour FAQs http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4s2But if you’re dealing with an agency, you should know that 70% of advertising and marketing agencies are spending at least 25% of their budgets on influencer marketing.  What we do is eliminate the agency markup and provide our influence at a reasonable price that doesn’t gauge your bottom line.  We know how much work you put into what you do with your brand and we know how much work we put into ours.  The price we charge is fair and reasonable to small brands who don’t have a Brown-Forman budget.

Can I Coordinate an Event with You?

Sure!  We’re always happy to make room in our tour schedule to attend a sponsor’s event.  Tequila Aficionado Tour FAQs http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4s2We’ve had sponsor brands ask us to meet them for lunch at one of their best accounts so we can do a profile on that restaurant.  We’ve also had sponsor brands ask us to attend private tastings where they’ll be entertaining their investors.

If you come on the tour as a sponsor, we’ll make every effort to fit these things into our schedule.

If you aren’t a sponsor and want us to participate in your event or do a profile on your restaurant then we must politely remind you that this is our profession.  You wouldn’t be in business if you gave away all your liquor or food for free, would you?

I Don’t Have a Tequila Brand but I’d Love Your Audience to See My Product

Tequila Aficionado Tour FAQs http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4s2Great!  In addition to being aficionados of agave spirits, we are also a (fairly) normal American family.  If our demographic and your demographic intersect then let’s talk!  We eat, drink coffee, exercise, use a full array of electronic devices, watch TV, listen to music, and travel with our kids, dog and cats like other people.

Got Questions?

We’ve got answers!  Just email info@TequilaAficionado.com

We’re 10 Days away from our 2016 tour launch but you can still get on board!

See this year’s sponsor package here.

See the 2016 Map & Itinerary here.

Sipping Off the Cuff | Scorpion Mezcal Espadin

Visit Scorpion Mezcal Online

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Scorpion Mezcal is an award-winning family of 100% Agave distilled spirits, made in Oaxaca, one of the official and traditional homes of mezcal making in Mexico.

Sipping Off The Cuff | Scorpion Mezcal Joven Blue Agave

Visit Scorpion Mezcal Online.

Scorpion Mezcal is an award-winning family of 100% Agave distilled spirits, made in Oaxaca, one of the official and traditional homes of mezcal making in Mexico.

Sipping Off the Cuff | Siempre Tequila Blanco

Visit Siempre Tequila online. 

From Siempre Tequila:

Fall in love, quit your job and make tequila. That’s what Alex and Monica did. Traditionally crafted in small batches Siempre® Tequila Plata is a unique luxury spirit made with a fusion of single estate 100% Blue Weber Agave from both the highlands and lowlands of Jalisco, Mexico.

Sipping Off the Cuff | Siempre Tequila Blanco http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4r6This unique combination blends the earthy, bold, wood-like character of the valley with the sweet, citrus-filled flavours of the mountains delivering notes of pepper, salted caramel and honey. This, combined with our distillery’s century old traditional techniques, is how our perfect craft tequila is created.

The intricate folk art-inspired packaging that captures the history and culture of the magical town where it’s made also speaks to the attention to detail that’s put into the cultivation and production process. If you look carefully, you’ll see we use the rose to tell our story. In Mexican culture, we celebrate both life and death – and with celebration comes Siempre.

NOM: 1438
Age: Blanco Tequila
Distillery: Destiladora delValle de Tequila
Agave Region: Highlands and Lowlands (50/50)
Type: Single Estate 100% Blue Weber Agave
Water Source: Volcanic Spring
Oven Type: Stone/Brick
Extraction Method: Roller
Fermentation: Open Air
Distillation Method: Pot Still – Steel/Copper
Distillation: Double Distilled
Alcohol Volume: 40% Alc/Vol

Vote for Your Favorite Craft Tequila Brand!

Vote Now!

Vote for Your Favorite Craft Tequila Brand! http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4r3In order to be called tequila, this spirit distilled from the juices blue agave must be made in specific regions of Mexico, most prominently Jalisco and the town of tequila. While no tequilas are produced in the United States, we want to find the best craft tequila brands available in the country, and to do so, we asked a pair of tequila experts to nominate their favorites. Unlike other spirits, tequila brands often share distilleries – there are about 70 of them producing more than 500 brands – so it’s often the brand rather than the distillery that indicates quality. Many of these 20 nominees for best craft tequila brand use traditional methods. Many of the brand owners grow their own agave and personally oversee the entire tequila-making process. All produce high-quality, distinctive tequilas available in the U.S. market. Vote for your favorite once per day until voting ends on Monday, September 12, 2016, at noon ET.

Read Mike’s article on choosing a list of craft tequilas to send to USA Today:

THE TOP 20 CRAFT TEQUILAS YOU’VE OVERLOOKED

Pepe Z: The Mad Man of Tequila

Pepe Z: The Mad Man of Tequila http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4pSI’ve finally gotten around to binge watching Mad Men on Netflix.

In case you haven’t joined the Streaming Generation, or lived without cable TV for awhile, Mad Men is a series set in the 1960’s about a fictional ad agency called Sterling Cooper based in New York City’s famed Madison Avenue.

[Editor’s note: I still can’t believe I was born during the Eisenhower administration!]

Tequila marketing being my thing, naturally, I’m drawn to the product placement of distilled spirits on the historically accurate show.

Along with adverts concocted by admen for cigarettes, bras, and washing

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Vintage Cuervo ad

machine manufacturers, spirits companies like Seagram’s, Jack Daniels, and Jose Cuervo were also a part of the advertising renaissance, and not just on American soil.  These early Behemoths of Booze also took the fight offshore.

And nobody can tell you more about those challenges better than José Zevada.

The Mad Man of The Caribbean

Jose “Pepe” Zevada and the story of the Z Tequila Brand from Z Tequila on Vimeo.

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Iron Cactus menu.

I finally met the charismatic Pepe Zevada, the maker of Pepe Z Tequila, accompanied by Glynn Bloomquist, (CEO and Chairman), and Guy England (South Texas Market Manager), of Empresario LLC, the first Texas company to create, brand, distill, import, and market spirits.

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Fernando Lamas

With the elegance and charm suggestive of silver screen Latino Hollywood hunks like Ricardo Montalbán or Fernando Lamas, and peppered with jokes and anecdotes of the “glory days,” you get the sense that you’re reliving spirits industry history, Mad Men style.

Over a delicious lunch at the Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar on San Antonio’s renowned Riverwalk, Pepe regaled us with episodes of his life as the vice president of Brown-Forman in Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean.  During that time, he traveled to 106 countries (Pepe speaks 5 or 6 languages fluently) introducing Jack Daniels to those parts of the world.

After 30 years with Brown-Forman, he went on to work as vice president for the classic spirits distiller Hiram Walker (Sauza, Kahlúa, Courvasier, Beefeater), until the merger of Allied Domecq.

To Make a Long Story Short

After persistent encouragement from friends in Mexico, Pepe Z Tequila was Pepe Z: The Mad Man of Tequila http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4pSborn shortly after José retired from 35 years in the liquor industry.

But, in the tradition of the three generations of Sauzas, Don Julio González, José Cuervo and Don Eduardo Orendáin, Pepe was determined to only put his name on a quality tequila.

To create a batch of Pepe Z takes over three weeks.  He calls the blanco tequila the “mother” of the line, and claims that the selected agave is the key to a sterling product.

Pepe Z Tequila uses only lightly toasted virgin American Oak barrels (not charred) for its reposado and añejo expressions, and it is one of the lowest in methanol after distillation.

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Pepe, Guy and Glynn of Empresario.

These time tested techniques have not only achieved an authentic, “old world” flavor profile, but it has also garnered Pepe Z some serious hardware in the form of medals and awards.

 Flavor, Friendship and Family

Raised in Mexico of Spanish parents, José (Pepe is a common nickname for Josés) was brought up with strict moral values that have guided him throughout his life.

In his words, “I don’t do business without being friends, first.”  He asserts, “The liquor business is a people business, not a laptop business.”

In the era dominated by contracted brands with glamorous images and no backstory, Zevada prefers to take a page from those legendary patriarchs of tequila and make every effort to meet and greet each of his customers, personally.

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Pepe Zevada and Mike Morales.

Part of the brand’s strategy is to nurture its relationship with its hometown of Austin, and then to solidify its embrace on the rest of Texas before conquering other states.  This tactic has worked wonders as evidenced by the glowing testimonials given by his customers.

While his clients enthusiastically preserve their friendship with Pepe, Zevada gratefully acknowledges that, “My customers are part of the Z family.”

And, in a time where spirits are judged on perceived value, Pepe demands that his tequilas remain affordable, believing that luxury shouldn’t be so hard to come by.

Distinguished flavor, devoted friendship and defined family values is the method to Pepe Zevada’s effective–and infectious–“madness.”

USA Today 10 Best Current Leaderboard for Best Craft Tequila Brand

“This is your tequila bucket list.”  

~ Rick Levy of Tequila Aficionado

If you’ve seen Mike Morales’ article on the Top 20 Craft Tequilas you’ve overlooked then you’ll understand that picking one (or even 10) from this list is like picking your favorite child.  It’s too difficult to do, so your best bet is to vote twice a day for your favorites and spend the rest of your time sipping all of them.

Congratulations to all the nominees.  If Mike could pick a top 50 list, it still wouldn’t be enough.  Thank you to all the wonderful brands out there who are constantly striving to produce the finest tequilas they can.  We love you all!

USA Today 10 Best Current Leaderboard for Best Craft Tequila Brand http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4qmIn order to be called tequila, this spirit distilled from the juices blue agave must be made in specific regions of Mexico, most prominently Jalisco and the town of tequila. While no tequilas are produced in the United States, we want to find the best craft tequila brands available in the country, and to do so, we asked a pair of tequila experts to nominate their favorites. Unlike other spirits, tequila brands often share distilleries – there are about 70 of them producing more than 500 brands – so it’s often the brand rather than the distillery that indicates quality. Many of these 20 nominees for best craft tequila brand use traditional methods. Many of the brand owners grow their own agave and personally oversee the entire tequila-making process. All produce high-quality, distinctive tequilas available in the U.S. market. Vote for your favorite once per day until voting ends on Monday, September 12 at noon ET. Read the official Readers’ Choice rules here.

 

USA Today 10 Best Current Leaderboard for Best Craft Tequila Brand http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4qm

1. Embajador Tequila

 

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2. Suerte Tequila

 

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3. DesMaDre Tequila

 

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4. Tequila Gran Dovejo

 

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5. Siete Leguas

 

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6. T1 Tequila Uno

 

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7. Tequila Tapatío

 

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8. Tequila G4

 

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9. Tequila Don Modesto

 

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10. Tequila Alquimia

 

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11. Dulce Vida Tequila

 

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12. Pasote Tequila

 

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13. Tequila Fortaleza

 

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14. Casa Noble Tequila

 

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15. Siembra Spirits

 

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16. Tears of Llorona

 

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17. Tequila Ocho

 

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18. Tequila ArteNOM

 

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19. Don Fulano

 

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20. IXÁ Organic Tequila