Arte del Mezcal Texas Tour with Wahaka Mezcal

On the evening of January 15, 2016, during the busy San Antonio Cocktail Conference weekend, Tequila Aficionado’s Mike Morales was invited to sit in on mezcal historian and author Ulises Torrentera’s Arte del Mezcal class and discussion. As a bonus, the event was sponsored by the luscious Wahaka Mezcal brand and moderated and translated by its … Read more

Wahaka Reposado con Gusano Mezcal Review

Mike & Alex taste and discuss Wahaka Reposado con Gusano  Wahaka Mezcal Reposado con Gusano 40% ABV (80 Proof); 100% Espadin Aged for up to six months in recharred American oak barrels, the Reposado con Gusano is the epitome of smooth with its light golden color and lustrous flavor. Our Reposado con Gusano is enhanced … Read more

Wahaka Joven Ensamble Mezcal Review

Mike & Alex taste and discuss Wahaka Mezcal Joven Ensamble.     Wahaka Mezcal Joven Ensamble 40% ABV (80 Proof); 50% Espadin / 25% Tobalá / 25% Madre Cuishe Our Joven Ensamble is what maestro Beto calls “a marvel” — a pure and magical blend of Espadín (50%), Madre-Cuishe (25%), and Tobalá (25%) that literally … Read more

Wahaka Madre Cuishe Mezcal Review

Mike & Alex taste and discuss Wahaka Mezcal Madre Cuishe. Wahaka Mezcal Madre-Cuishe 42% ABV (84 Proof); 100% Madre Cuishe Like all great mezcales, Madre-Cuishe’s flavors are a product of its terroir. Subtly herbaceous, with a hint of freshly fallen rain, this rare, wild-harvested agave often grows in the low-lying volcanic terrain of Oaxaca’s Central … Read more

Wahaka Joven Espadin Mezcal Review

Mike & Alex taste and discuss Wahaka Mezcal Joven Espadin. Wahaka Mezcal Joven Espadin 40% ABV (80 Proof); 100% Espadin Joven Espadín elegantly delivers what pure, artisanal mezcal is all about: an experience that awakens the senses with a delicate balance of smoke, earth, and sweetness. A specialty of our maestro mezcalero, Alberto “Beto” Morales, … Read more

Wahaka Tobala Joven Mezcal Review

Mike & Alex taste and discuss Wahaka Mezcal Tobala Joven Find Wahaka online here. Wahaka Mezcal Joven Tobalá 42% ABV (84 Proof); 100% Tobalá No other agave offers the variety of aromas and flavors as the Tobalá — “the king of mezcales” — a wild plant that grows in the highlands, often on extremely rugged … Read more

The Definitive Collection of Tequila Reviews

In honor of National Tequila Day in the U.S.A., we’re sharing with you the definitive collection of Sipping Off the Cuff from our very first podcast tequila reviews to the most recent.  Enjoy and Salud!   Sipping Off The Cuff | 1800 Milenio Sipping Off The Cuff | 1921 Tequila Anejo Sipping Off … Read more

Aiding Artisanal Mezcal Producers in Oaxaca from the Bottom Up

By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D.  Export brand owners of Oaxacan artisanal mezcal, the increasingly popular agave based Mexican spirit, come in many shapes and sizes.  Some are proprietors of their own distilleries, or palenques are they’re known in this southern Mexico state.  Others buy their liquid from small-scale family owned and operated facilities; in some … Read more

Mezcal and Dogmatism in Oaxaca: Reposados & Anejos (Part 2 of 7)

Some say you should never drink reposado or añejo mezcal.  When pressed for a reason they often state that it alters the natural flavors and aromas of the agave.  True enough, but so what? Could one not equally use the word “enhances?” The same industry people, often owners and employees of mezcalerías, however, don’t think twice about encouraging … Read more

Tequila Aficionado Media Reveals 2014 Brands of Promise™ Winners!

Awards Announced During a LIVE Google Hangout Telecast For Immediate Release! March, 28, 2015, San Antonio, TX—In an unprecedented live Google Hangout telecast, Tequila Aficionado Media ( unveiled its Second Annual 2014 Brands Of Promise™ Award winners in Tequila, Mezcal and several other agave related categories.  A full list of Brands Of Promise™ winners can … Read more