2015 Brands of Promise Nominees: Anejo Tequila

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Who would you vote for?  Leave a comment and let us know.

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LIVE 2015 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Award Show

We’ll be presenting our 3rd Annual Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Awards LIVE on Blab.im on March 14, 2016!  If you don’t want to go all the way to Blab.im, just tune in to www.TequilaAficionado.com on the evening of March 14th and you can watch all the action there.  We’ll have the live feed set up, so bring your favorite nominee for sipping and enjoy the show!

See the red carpet pre-show with Mike & Lisa at 7pm CDT and then join Mike, Lisa and Alex for the award presentations beginning at 8pm CDT (Don’t forget to spring your clocks forward on Sunday, March 13.)

 

 

2015 Brands of Promise Nominees: Extra Anejo Tequila

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See the 2015 Brands of Promise Nominees for Extra Anejo Tequila and what we thought of each.

 

 

 

Who would you vote for?  Leave a comment and let us know.

Don’t Miss It:

LIVE 2015 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Award Show

We’ll be presenting our 3rd Annual Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Awards LIVE on Blab.im on March 14, 2016!  If you don’t want to go all the way to Blab.im, just tune in to www.TequilaAficionado.com on the evening of March 14th and you can watch all the action there.  We’ll have the live feed set up, so bring your favorite nominee for sipping and enjoy the show!

See the red carpet pre-show with Mike & Lisa at 7pm CDT and then join Mike, Lisa and Alex for the award presentations beginning at 8pm CDT (Don’t forget to spring your clocks forward on Sunday, March 13.)

 

 

2015 Brands of Promise Nominees: Mezcal

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See the 2015 Nominees for Brands of Promise in the Mezcal category and what we thought of them.

 

 

Who would you vote for?  Leave a comment and let us know.

Don’t Miss It:

LIVE 2015 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Award Show

We’ll be presenting our 3rd Annual Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Awards LIVE on Blab.im on March 14, 2016!  If you don’t want to go all the way to Blab.im, just tune in to www.TequilaAficionado.com on the evening of March 14th and you can watch all the action there.  We’ll have the live feed set up, so bring your favorite nominee for sipping and enjoy the show!

See the red carpet pre-show with Mike & Lisa at 7pm CDT and then join Mike, Lisa and Alex for the award presentations beginning at 8pm CDT (Don’t forget to spring your clocks forward on Sunday, March 13.)

 

 

Open Bar #4 With Glass Bottom Distributors

Open BarIn our 4th Open Bar show, Mike Morales and Lisa Pietsch talk with Humberto Ibarra of Glass Bottom Distributors. Some of the topics include women who love mezcal, the diffusor in tequila production, empowering small brands, and much more!

Visit: http://www.glassbottomdistributors.com/
Tweet: https://twitter.com/GlassBottomDist
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glassbottom/
Glass Bottom on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glassbottomdistributors
Mezcal Legendario Domingo on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DomingoMezcalUS/?fref=ts
Tequila Don Fermin on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tequiladonfermin/?ref=br_rs
Tequila Senda Real on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sendarealtequila/?fref=ts

2015 Brands of Promise Nominees: Packaging

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Who would you vote for?  Leave a comment and let us know.

Don’t Miss It:

LIVE 2015 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Award Show

We’ll be presenting our 3rd Annual Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Awards LIVE on Blab.im on March 14, 2016!  If you don’t want to go all the way to Blab.im, just tune in to www.TequilaAficionado.com on the evening of March 14th and you can watch all the action there.  We’ll have the live feed set up, so bring your favorite nominee for sipping and enjoy the show!

See the red carpet pre-show with Mike & Lisa at 7pm CDT and then join Mike, Lisa and Alex for the award presentations beginning at 8pm CDT (Don’t forget to spring your clocks forward on Sunday, March 13.)

 

 

Tequila Aficionado’s Tequila & Mezcal Road Show, Part I

[From October 14 to October 28, 2015, Tequila Aficionado Media, accompanied by 33 expressions representing 19 brands, embarked on an epic RV road show christened, The Dia de los Muertos Tequila & Mezcal Tour.  In these next passages, we recount the historic–and hysteric–highlights.

You can also view a complete video playlist of our adventures on our YouTube channel here…]

On A Dark Desert Highway

Somewhere outside Carlsbad, New Mexico

On a dark stretch of highway in southeastern New Mexico, a road weary Lisa Pietsch guided the Cruise America RV that Tequila Aficionado Media had rented for the historic Dia de los Muertos Tequila & Mezcal Tour.

Avoiding oncoming eighteen wheelers hauling oil and speeding two-ton diesel  trucks, she counted the minutes until she reached her destination for the night, the Carlsbad KOA campground.

Suddenly, she gasped as a huge piece of truck tire appeared in the high beam headlights ahead of her.

With no way to avoid the giant twisted remnant on the two lane highway without swerving and fishtailing the thirty foot RV, she gritted her teeth, straddled the rubber and hoped for the best.

A resounding ka-thunk ka-thunk let her know that she had successfully survived what could have been a perilous situation.  It wasn’t until the next morning that Lisa discovered what had actually happened.

Uncomplicated Sipping

Feeling like the castaways from Gilligan’s Island, what was supposed to have been a leisurely six hour drive from San Antonio, Texas to Carlsbad, New Mexico turned into a 9 hour ordeal that began with early morning packing and stocking the RV.

Once we parked and hooked up the water and electricity at the campground for the night, Lisa announced that all she wanted was something uncomplicated to sip on for a late evening nightcap.

Malinalli blanco fit the bill perfectly.

Black Water

After a sluggish morning, we decided to drive for Carlsbad Caverns in the early afternoon.

Unhooking the RV, Lisa noticed the damage to the black water tank.  The coiled tire we had straddled the night before had poked a sizeable hole.  If any of us needed to use the bathroom while we were on the road, it would spell disaster, especially for those following behind us.

With fingers crossed, we headed to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

To The Bat Cave!

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After struggling with our selfie stick trying to capture a family photo outside the park sign, we hustled into the visitor’s area for a mid-afternoon tour of the caverns.

Once inside, we were met with this alarming notice–1016151439a

Bats are dying!

While we weren’t able to manage a tour of the Caverns’ famed bat exhibit that featured the Mexican free tail bats, there was enough important information to post in the above article.

Attack of The 10 Foot Martians 

1016151716 1016151717aOn our way back from Carlsbad Caverns just before nightfall, we were able to do a bit of souvenir shopping and picture taking with carved bears and aliens.

We had no idea that the alien culture was so prominent in Carlsbad, but we were sure that Roswell, our next day’s whistle stop, would have more than enough little green men to spare.

In the meantime, we appropriately eased into the  gray, stormy evening with Tromba tequila.

The Truth Is Out There

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From the moment that Alien Tequila hopped aboard our Tequila & Mezcal Tour, I knew that a stop in Roswell, NM at the UFO Museum was a must.

Walking through this charmingly quirky city with a bottle of Alien Tequila hidden in a bag made these photos even more delightful.

1017151250aAfter more souvenir shopping, it was off to our stop for the next two nights at my old stomping grounds in Albuquerque.

R & R

Having stayed at this particular KOA campground during our first family RV outing earlier in the Spring of 2015, we were familiar with the amenities and felt comfortable enough to enjoy some down time.  The driving had taken its toll on Lisa, so a two-day respite was just what she needed.

JLP Margaritas were the order of the evening.  After catching up on emails and drafting blogs, Senda Real made an appearance, as well.

Finding Photo Ops

When you’re stuck behind a computer from 5 to 8 hours a day like Lisa and I usually are working to make Tequila Aficionado Media even more interesting, compelling and educational for you, finding ways to create more inspirational photo and video opportunities is challenging.

Stepping away from the home office and being on the road really lends itself to “outside-the-box” creativity.  If you remain open to possibilities, even the simplest things can serve to generate epic social media content and articles.

Which is exactly what we needed since we were still faced with the dilemma of the damaged black water tank.

2015 Brands of Promise Nominees: Special Categories

Special Categories

Watch the playlist below to see all our reviews of the 2015 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Nominees in the Special Categories.

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Who would you vote for?  Leave a comment and let us know.

Don’t Miss It:

LIVE 2015 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Award Show

We’ll be presenting our 3rd Annual Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Awards LIVE on Blab.im on March 14, 2016!  If you don’t want to go all the way to Blab.im, just tune in to www.TequilaAficionado.com on the evening of March 14th and you can watch all the action there.  We’ll have the live feed set up, so bring your favorite nominee for sipping and enjoy the show!

See the red carpet pre-show with Mike & Lisa at 7pm CDT and then join Mike, Lisa and Alex for the award presentations beginning at 8pm CDT (Don’t forget to spring your clocks forward on Sunday, March 13.)

 

 

Sipping Off the Cuff: Milagro Tequila Anejo

milagro-anejo__72137_zoomMilagro Tequila Anejo

Milagro Añejo is an estate-grown, 100% blue agave tequila which is aged in American oak barrels for a minimum of 14 months and a maximum of 24 months. The aging results in a taste that is smooth, refined and still agave-forward.
COLOR Pale amber
NOSE Caramel, coconut, toasted oak
TASTE Caramel and coconut with chocolate, tobacco and tropical fruit notes, and a sweet, yet spicy finish

 

 

Sipping Off The Cuff™

Sipping Off The Cuff™ began as an audio podcast in 2006 and is Tequila Aficionado’s first and longest running tequila review program.

Sipping Off The Cuff(TM) is broadcast every Friday (and occasionally Tuesdays) on YouTube and TequilaAficionado.com. If you are a Tequila, Mezcal or Sotol brand owner and would like your product(s) reviewed on an upcoming episode of Sipping Off The Cuff(TM), please contact Mike@TequilaAficionado.com.

Sipping Off The Cuff: Gracias a Dios Mezcal Espadin Reposado

mezcal, gracias a diosGracias a Dios Mezcal

Gracias a Dios is a double distilled mezcal, 100% artisanal, handmade with “piñas” from espadín agave and other varieties, ground and fermented in our own palenque in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca, honoring fair trade with the help of maestro mezcalero Oscar Hernández Santiago.With a strong, aromatic and balanced flavor, this spirit is the product of a 4-generation family of maestros mezcaleros, who have traditionally kept the artisan processes of making this drink.

In this episode, Lisa has to step in for Alex due to a mezcal emergency.

 

 

 

Sipping Off The Cuff™ began as an audio podcast in 2006 and is Tequila Aficionado’s first and longest running tequila review program.

Sipping Off The Cuff(TM) is broadcast on YouTube and TequilaAficionado.com. If you are a Tequila, Mezcal or Sotol brand owner and would like your product(s) reviewed on an upcoming episode of Sipping Off The Cuff(TM), please contact Mike@TequilaAficionado.com.

Sipping Off The Cuff: Gracias a Dios Mezcal Espadin Joven

About Gracias a Dios Mezcal

Gracias a Dios is a double distilled mezcal, 100% artisanal, handmade with “piñas” from espadín agave and other varieties, ground and fermented in our own palenque in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca, honoring fair trade with the help of maestro mezcalero Oscar Hernández Santiago.With a strong, aromatic and balanced flavor, this spirit is the product of a 4-generation family of maestros mezcaleros, who have traditionally kept the artisan processes of making this drink.

Tequila Aficionado, thank gad, gracias a dios, mezcal, sipping off the cuff

Sipping Off The Cuff

Sipping Off The Cuff™ began as an audio podcast in 2006 and is Tequila Aficionado’s first and longest running tequila review program.

Sipping Off The Cuff(TM) is broadcast regularly on YouTube and TequilaAficionado.com. If you are a Tequila, Mezcal or Sotol brand owner and would like your product(s) reviewed on an upcoming episode of Sipping Off The Cuff(TM), please contact Mike@TequilaAficionado.com.

About the Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise

The Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Awards were our response to a secondary industry that has sprouted up around awards programs in the spirits industry.  In a very much pay-to-play world where large sums of money are involved in entering today’s contests and even more is required of winners in licensing fees to use the award logos on marketing, online and point of sale materials, we felt it was time that something change.
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