Sipping off the Cuff: Herradura Tequila Scotch Cask Finish Reposado

Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Herradura Tequila Scotch Cask Finish Reposado

Tequila Herradura Unveils New Limited-Edition Coleccion De La Casa Scotch Cask Finish

herradura, scotch caskLOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Stemming off the success of its small-batch tequila series, Tequila Herraduraannounces the release of the third Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2014 – Scotch Cask Finish Reposado. Having undergone a double maturation process after resting in two different types of oak casks, American oak and single malt Scotch casks, this limited edition tequila offers a desirable taste and finish to delight the senses.

“With the latest in the Coleccion de la Casa small batch series, Tequila Herradura solidifies its commitment to provide new tequila experiences to discerning spirits drinkers who appreciate specialty crafted, artisanal tequilas,” said Liz Edwards, Senior Brand Manager for Tequila Herradura.

Casa Herradura has a strong reputation as an industry innovator and is credited with introducing the first-ever reposado in 1974 and extra anejo tequila in 1995. Coleccion de la Casa is the best example in the industry of how each of the sources of flavor– agave, water, fermentation, distillation, and maturation – impacts the character of the final product and creates a totally new flavor profile. As with the other two editions, Master Distiller Maria Teresa Lara was the force behind the Scotch Cask Finish Reposado.

Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2014 – Scotch Cask Finish Reposado will be available at fine wine and spirits stores in October nationwide for a limited time at a suggested retail price of $89.99.

Tasting Notes for Herradura Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2014 – Scotch Cask Finish Reposado
Color: Warm gold with brilliant hues.

Aroma: A masterful combination of toasted malt, cooked agave, and smoky wood.
Taste: The finest aged tequila is highlighted by the taste of vanilla, butter, honey, caramel and balanced soft spices.
Finish: The unique scotch cask results in a long-drawn and with a touch of sweetness.

About Casa Herradura
Casa Herradura is one of Mexico’s most historic and renowned tequila producers. Casa Herradura has been hand harvesting, handcrafting and estate bottling fine tequilas from the small town of Amatitán, Jalisco, since 1870. In 2007, Casa Herradura was acquired by Brown-Forman Corporation of Louisville, Ky.  Brown-Forman is a diversified producer and marketer of fine quality beverages and alcohol brands. For more information about Tequila Herradura, visit www.herradura.com/

 

Sipping off the Cuff: Goza Tequila Anejo

In this episode of Tequila Aficionado’s Sipping off the Cuff, Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Goza Tequila Anejo.

 

 

Goza, Atlanta’s only tequila producer, makes headway

Courtesy of Atlanta Magazine

goza, tequila, tequila aficionado, sipping off the cuff, tequila tastingWhen Jacob Gluck decided to build a tequila brand, he was living in Washington D.C and working in finance, but he knew Atlanta was where he’d launch the company. “It’s home,” Gluck said in a phone interview. “If I can’t be successful here, I won’t be successful anywhere.”

Goza, which means “enjoy” in Spanish, launched mid-April with three premium varieties: Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo. The local brand aims to compete with the likes of Don Julio, Patron, and Casamigo, with tequila that’s clean, flavorful, and just slightly warming.

It took a couple of years to get Goza to market. Through a mutual friend, Gluck learned of a tequila producer who was looking for a U.S. partner. Of the 110 tequila producers in Mexico, Gluck said, one in every ten bottles is going to have the same liquid (that’s over 1,000 brands). “Our supplier doesn’t sell to anyone else in the U.S.,” he says.

Gluck wants his premium tequila to be a more affordable option, with a market focus on young professionals. He calls it “tech-quila” when discussing his link to the startup world—Goza shares office space at DeskHub in Buckhead, and he hopes to sponsor a hack-a-thon.

It’s a sophisticated beverage made with great attention to detail, Gluck said. You can enjoy Goza on the rocks or mixed in a cocktail. “But if people feel like they can’t order it as a shot,” he laughed, “you’re screwed.”

The tequila market is pretty vast. What does Goza bring that’s new?

Goza takes the intimidation out of tequila. Most bottles out there, they’re square, masculine—there’s an intimidation factor. Plus, we all have a bad tequila story—you know, that “I can’t even stand the smell” thing. It’s important that the tequila taste good, but we start with what people see. People say it looks like a vodka bottle, and that’s fine with me.

Can you talk about how your distilling process impacts the flavor?

Our tequila is made from agave grown and distilled in Arandas, Mexico, which is one of the country’s two major tequila-producing regions. It’s in the state of Jalisco and Goza agave is in the highlands. Tequila from that area has more of a fruity and herbal taste and smell. It’s also 100% agave tequila—some tequilas, like Jose Cuervo, are made from 51% agave. That’s a big reason why it tastes so bad.

Does Goza manage the whole process?

We control the entire process, the land our agave is grown on the distilling, aging, bottling—it’s a total vertical integration. The agave is grown for nine years before harvest. They run certain tests to ensure that it’s harvested at the right time. Every bottle is pressure-washed on the inside with tequila itself. Everything’s done by hand.

Describe the varieties you offer.

We have Blanco (silver), which is floral, fruity, with hints of vanilla. Reposado (aged for six months in white oak barrels) is more oaky—some say smoky. And the Añejo (aged for one year in white oak barrels) has even more depth. It’s more complex with notes of brown spice and honey. By far, we sell mostly Blanco. Enthusiasts and connoisseurs will enjoy the aged styles, too. [General pricing for Goza: Blanco, $34.99; Reposado, $39.99; Añejo, $44.99]

You’re currently in Georgia and Tennessee, any expansion plans?

We’re trying to grow organically, grassroots style. Next market will probably be South Carolina or Florida, just because of geography, maybe within a year. But we are primarily in Georgia, and of our Georgia sales, 80% is in greater Atlanta.

 

 

Sipping off the Cuff: Goza Tequila Reposado

In this episode of Tequila Aficionado’s Sipping off the Cuff, Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Goza Tequila Reposado

 

Goza, Atlanta’s only tequila producer, makes headway

Courtesy of Atlanta Magazine

goza, tequila, tequila aficionado, sipping off the cuff, tequila tastingWhen Jacob Gluck decided to build a tequila brand, he was living in Washington D.C and working in finance, but he knew Atlanta was where he’d launch the company. “It’s home,” Gluck said in a phone interview. “If I can’t be successful here, I won’t be successful anywhere.”

Goza, which means “enjoy” in Spanish, launched mid-April with three premium varieties: Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo. The local brand aims to compete with the likes of Don Julio, Patron, and Casamigo, with tequila that’s clean, flavorful, and just slightly warming.

It took a couple of years to get Goza to market. Through a mutual friend, Gluck learned of a tequila producer who was looking for a U.S. partner. Of the 110 tequila producers in Mexico, Gluck said, one in every ten bottles is going to have the same liquid (that’s over 1,000 brands). “Our supplier doesn’t sell to anyone else in the U.S.,” he says.

Gluck wants his premium tequila to be a more affordable option, with a market focus on young professionals. He calls it “tech-quila” when discussing his link to the startup world—Goza shares office space at DeskHub in Buckhead, and he hopes to sponsor a hack-a-thon.

It’s a sophisticated beverage made with great attention to detail, Gluck said. You can enjoy Goza on the rocks or mixed in a cocktail. “But if people feel like they can’t order it as a shot,” he laughed, “you’re screwed.”

The tequila market is pretty vast. What does Goza bring that’s new?

Goza takes the intimidation out of tequila. Most bottles out there, they’re square, masculine—there’s an intimidation factor. Plus, we all have a bad tequila story—you know, that “I can’t even stand the smell” thing. It’s important that the tequila taste good, but we start with what people see. People say it looks like a vodka bottle, and that’s fine with me.

Can you talk about how your distilling process impacts the flavor?

Our tequila is made from agave grown and distilled in Arandas, Mexico, which is one of the country’s two major tequila-producing regions. It’s in the state of Jalisco and Goza agave is in the highlands. Tequila from that area has more of a fruity and herbal taste and smell. It’s also 100% agave tequila—some tequilas, like Jose Cuervo, are made from 51% agave. That’s a big reason why it tastes so bad.

Does Goza manage the whole process?

We control the entire process, the land our agave is grown on the distilling, aging, bottling—it’s a total vertical integration. The agave is grown for nine years before harvest. They run certain tests to ensure that it’s harvested at the right time. Every bottle is pressure-washed on the inside with tequila itself. Everything’s done by hand.

Describe the varieties you offer.

We have Blanco (silver), which is floral, fruity, with hints of vanilla. Reposado (aged for six months in white oak barrels) is more oaky—some say smoky. And the Añejo (aged for one year in white oak barrels) has even more depth. It’s more complex with notes of brown spice and honey. By far, we sell mostly Blanco. Enthusiasts and connoisseurs will enjoy the aged styles, too. [General pricing for Goza: Blanco, $34.99; Reposado, $39.99; Añejo, $44.99]

You’re currently in Georgia and Tennessee, any expansion plans?

We’re trying to grow organically, grassroots style. Next market will probably be South Carolina or Florida, just because of geography, maybe within a year. But we are primarily in Georgia, and of our Georgia sales, 80% is in greater Atlanta.

 

 

Sipping off the Cuff: Goza Tequila Blanco

In this episode of Tequila Aficionado’s Sipping off the Cuff, Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Goza Tequila Blanco.

Goza, Atlanta’s only tequila producer, makes headway

Courtesy of Atlanta Magazine

Goza-group-on-white-400x400When Jacob Gluck decided to build a tequila brand, he was living in Washington D.C and working in finance, but he knew Atlanta was where he’d launch the company. “It’s home,” Gluck said in a phone interview. “If I can’t be successful here, I won’t be successful anywhere.”

Goza, which means “enjoy” in Spanish, launched mid-April with three premium varieties: Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo. The local brand aims to compete with the likes of Don Julio, Patron, and Casamigo, with tequila that’s clean, flavorful, and just slightly warming.

It took a couple of years to get Goza to market. Through a mutual friend, Gluck learned of a tequila producer who was looking for a U.S. partner. Of the 110 tequila producers in Mexico, Gluck said, one in every ten bottles is going to have the same liquid (that’s over 1,000 brands). “Our supplier doesn’t sell to anyone else in the U.S.,” he says.

Gluck wants his premium tequila to be a more affordable option, with a market focus on young professionals. He calls it “tech-quila” when discussing his link to the startup world—Goza shares office space at DeskHub in Buckhead, and he hopes to sponsor a hack-a-thon.

It’s a sophisticated beverage made with great attention to detail, Gluck said. You can enjoy Goza on the rocks or mixed in a cocktail. “But if people feel like they can’t order it as a shot,” he laughed, “you’re screwed.”

The tequila market is pretty vast. What does Goza bring that’s new?

Goza takes the intimidation out of tequila. Most bottles out there, they’re square, masculine—there’s an intimidation factor. Plus, we all have a bad tequila story—you know, that “I can’t even stand the smell” thing. It’s important that the tequila taste good, but we start with what people see. People say it looks like a vodka bottle, and that’s fine with me.

Can you talk about how your distilling process impacts the flavor?

Our tequila is made from agave grown and distilled in Arandas, Mexico, which is one of the country’s two major tequila-producing regions. It’s in the state of Jalisco and Goza agave is in the highlands. Tequila from that area has more of a fruity and herbal taste and smell. It’s also 100% agave tequila—some tequilas, like Jose Cuervo, are made from 51% agave. That’s a big reason why it tastes so bad.

Does Goza manage the whole process?

We control the entire process, the land our agave is grown on the distilling, aging, bottling—it’s a total vertical integration. The agave is grown for nine years before harvest. They run certain tests to ensure that it’s harvested at the right time. Every bottle is pressure-washed on the inside with tequila itself. Everything’s done by hand.

Describe the varieties you offer.

We have Blanco (silver), which is floral, fruity, with hints of vanilla. Reposado (aged for six months in white oak barrels) is more oaky—some say smoky. And the Añejo (aged for one year in white oak barrels) has even more depth. It’s more complex with notes of brown spice and honey. By far, we sell mostly Blanco. Enthusiasts and connoisseurs will enjoy the aged styles, too. [General pricing for Goza: Blanco, $34.99; Reposado, $39.99; Añejo, $44.99]

You’re currently in Georgia and Tennessee, any expansion plans?

We’re trying to grow organically, grassroots style. Next market will probably be South Carolina or Florida, just because of geography, maybe within a year. But we are primarily in Georgia, and of our Georgia sales, 80% is in greater Atlanta.

 

 

Special Feature: Glassware Choices for Mezcals

Las perlas del mezcal, Mezcal, glassware, sipping off the cuff, tequila aficionado, mike morales, alex perez, mezcal tasting, mezcal reviews, copita, gourd, glasswareIn this Tequila Aficionado special feature, Mike Morales and Alex Perez discuss glassware choices available to fully appreciate the spirit of Mezcal.

 

 

Sipping off the Cuff: Epoca Dorada Tequila Anejo

In this episode of Tequila Aficionado’s Sipping off the Cuff, Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Epoca Dorada Tequila Anejo.

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.  It 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.

Hacienda San Jose de Miravalle & Epoca Dorada Tequila

epoca dorada anejoInfused with generations of family honor, EPOCA DORADA captures the “Golden Age” of Mexico.
Established in 1870, Hacienda San Jose de Miravalle distilleries produce the finest Estate grown Ultra Premium Tequila. Once reserved for Mexico’s elitist, a recipe dating back five generations is now available for the first time in the United States.
Hacienda San José de Miravalle began with a determined great-great grandmother who convinced her father to create a “vino mescal-Tequila” in small amounts. This provided Mexico’s elitists with a premium tequila savored only at special occasions. Her eldest son took over the tequila artisanal by 1907 and succeeded in expanding the San Jose. The years following the Mexican Revolution abruptly ended all production. Almost 60 years later, the Hacienda once again opened its doors, capturing its age-old traditions, using the same processes in order to recreate the same aroma and taste that once satisfied nobility over 100 years before.

Sipping off the Cuff: Epoca Dorada Tequila Reposado

In this episode of Tequila Aficionado’s Sipping off the Cuff, Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Epoca Dorada Tequila Reposado.

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.  It 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.

Hacienda San Jose de Miravalle & Epoca Dorada Tequila

epoca dorada reposadoInfused with generations of family honor, EPOCA DORADA captures the “Golden Age” of Mexico.
Established in 1870, Hacienda San Jose de Miravalle distilleries produce the finest Estate grown Ultra Premium Tequila. Once reserved for Mexico’s elitist, a recipe dating back five generations is now available for the first time in the United States.
Hacienda San José de Miravalle began with a determined great-great grandmother who convinced her father to create a “vino mescal-Tequila” in small amounts. This provided Mexico’s elitists with a premium tequila savored only at special occasions. Her eldest son took over the tequila artisanal by 1907 and succeeded in expanding the San Jose. The years following the Mexican Revolution abruptly ended all production. Almost 60 years later, the Hacienda once again opened its doors, capturing its age-old traditions, using the same processes in order to recreate the same aroma and taste that once satisfied nobility over 100 years before.

Sipping off the Cuff: Epoca Dorada Tequila Blanco

In this episode of Tequila Aficionado’s Sipping off the Cuff, Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Epoca Dorada Tequila Blanco.

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.  It 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.

Hacienda San Jose de Miravalle & Epoca Dorada Tequila

Infused with generations of family honor, EPOCA DORADA captures the “Golden Age” of Mexico.
Established in 1870, Hacienda San Jose de Miravalle distilleries produce the finest Estate grown Ultra Premium Tequila. Once reserved for Mexico’s elitist, a recipe dating back five generations is now available for the first time in the United States.
Hacienda San José de Miravalle began with a determined great-great grandmother who convinced her father to create a “vino mescal-Tequila” in small amounts. This provided Mexico’s elitists with a premium tequila savored only at special occasions. Her eldest son took over the tequila artisanal by 1907 and succeeded in expanding the San Jose. The years following the Mexican Revolution abruptly ended all production. Almost 60 years later, the Hacienda once again opened its doors, capturing its age-old traditions, using the same processes in order to recreate the same aroma and taste that once satisfied nobility over 100 years before.

Special Feature: Tasting Tequila with Glencairn Glasses

Glencairn Glasses for Tequila Tasting

In this Tequila Aficionado Special Feature, Mike & Alex examine the Glencairn line of glasses and how they can be used for tequila tasting.

Sipping Off The Cuff™

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

The Glencairn Whisky Glass

glencairnThe Glencairn Whisky Glass is a revolutionary whisky glass that really lets one savor the taste and complexity of fine whisky. These are great to use for any of your Single Malt Whisky’s, Irish Whiskey’s, and also your single barrel bourbons. With the tapered mouth, you are able to really smell all of the nuances the whisky has to offer. Any malt advocate will love this glass!
History Of The Glass:
Champagne, Brandy, Wine… each has its own glass. Yet whisky, the worlds most complex spirit can be found served in anything from hiball tumblers to Paris goblets.
In 2001 Glencairn Crystal solved the problem of identifying the ideal glass for whisky. Designed by Raymond Davidson nearly 25 years earlier, its development involved pulling together the master blenders from the five largest whisky companies and asking them to perfect his initial design.
Today the Glencairn Glass can be found at every distillery in Scotland, Ireland, Wales as well as most in the USA.

 

Sipping off the Cuff: Don Saul Tequila Reposado

don saul, tequila, plata, silverIn this episode of Tequila Aficionado’s Sipping off the Cuff, Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Don Saul Tequila Reposado.

Don Saul Reposado

 

This tequila is for the true tequila connoisseur who appreciates the distinctive flavor of pure agave married to the soft and balanced texture of smoked white oak barrels. The taste is spicy, elegant, and rich with hints of vanilla and chocolate.

Don Saul tequila is produced in the lowlands of the state of Jalisco, in the town of Tequila (yes, there is a town called that). Our tequila is made in a state-of-the-art, but family-owned tequilera which dates to 1924 (while the family and a distillery can be traced back to the area for almost 300 years).The master distiller is the third generation descendant of the original owner.

La Purisima Distillery, the makers of Don Saul Tequila, uses the traditional Hornitos clay ovens unlike most of their modern rivals, who use live steam or huge steel ovens that look more like lumber drying kilns to quickly mass produce their idea of a tequila. The steel ovens and other shortcuts don’t yield the same flavor or results.

 

 

reidel, riedel, glassAbout 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 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.