Sipping Off the Cuff | The Lost Explorer Mezcal Joven

THE LOST EXPLORER MEZCAL is a collaboration with Proyecto Humo and master mezcalero, Don Fortino Ramos Florean. It was grown, harvested and distilled on the edge of San Pablo Huixtepec, Oaxaca in the Zimatlán District—situated some fifteen hundred meters above sea level in the Central Valley. San Pablo Huixtepec is roughly equidistant from Oaxaca City and … Read more

Tomorrow We Ride! #WildWildWest2017

It’s time for the…   We’re packing up and getting ready to ride for some spectacular brands this year.  Here’s what our tour itinerary looks like, barring any unforeseen adventures.  It’ll be a nonstop month of tequila and mezcal fun! Follow #WildWildWest2017 Follow us on Facebook HERE for all of our LIVE broadcasts.  Follow us … Read more

Tequila vs Mezcal: The Director’s Cut

Skepticism and Terror In early June 2017, I was interviewed via email by VinePair’s conscientious staff writer, Nickolaus Hines, on whether I thought that mezcal could “…Grow its way to the Mainstream Without Losing its Roots.” Skepticism usually sets in whenever we’re approached for quotes by writers attempting to compose complex articles about the plight … Read more

Mix Up a Good Time with Scorpion Mezcal and Mexican Chocolate

If there’s one thing I love pairing with mezcals, it’s chocolate.  When you find a great quality mezcal that can hold it’s own against a dark chocolate, pair it.  The flavor combinations will open your palate to a whole new world of flavorful delights.  Here are just a few suggestions for pairing with the Scorpion … Read more

Sipping Off the Cuff | Scorpion Mescal Espadin [Transcript]

Watch the original video review here MIKE: You are watching Sipping Off the Cuff at TequilaAficionado.com a part of Tequila Aficionado Media. I’m Mike Morales in San Antonio. That gentleman over there with the wild hairdo… RICK: Rick Levy in San Diego. MIKE: Rick is helping me out, helping us out, as we go through … Read more

New Tequila Aficionado Podcast

Take Your Tequila (Podcast) With You Just as you realize we aren’t sitting around all day drinking tequila (no, really, we aren’t), we realize you’re on the go too and that means you want to take your Tequila Aficionado Media with you.  That’s why we’re bringing back the podcast! We’ve been knocking ourselves out over … Read more

Sipping Off The Cuff | Scorpion Mezcal Joven Blue Agave [Transcript]

Watch the original video review here   MIKE: HI, I’m Mike Morales you’re watching Sipping Off the Cuff on Tequila Aficionado, a part of Tequila Aficionado Media. I’m here in San Antonio and that gentleman over there is…  RICK: Rick Levy in San Diego. MIKE: (laughing) Rick. Tonight, I’m so excited. We have been trying … Read more

Artisanal Mezcal in Oaxaca 25 Years Hence: No Two Batches are Different

By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D. Not to scare the bejesus out of mezcal aficionados, but the industry must be careful as the popularity of the spirit skyrockets, so as not to lose one of its hallmarks, that is the uniqueness of every lot distilled.  We still hear and read that no two batches of (artisanal) … Read more

Hail Cheesers!

[From September 11 to October 2, 2016, Tequila Aficionado Media, sponsored by 34 expressions representing 21 brands, embarked on a monumental RV road show dubbed, The Heartland Tour.  In these next passages, we recount the historic–and epic–highlights.  *FTC Disclosure: Brands appearing on the Tequila Aficionado Dia de Los Muertos & Heartland Tour had to be … Read more

2016 Brands of Promise Nominee Playlist

See all the reviews of the 2016 Brands of Promise Nominees in all categories!