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Yesterday I visited the La Fortaleza distillery. This tiny distillery makes 100% tahona tequila, in the heart of the city of Tequila in the Lowlands. The distillery was rebuilt in a 100 year old distillery site by Guillermo Sauza, 5th-generation Sauza family. His grandfather sold Sauza to the company who sold it to Jim Beam. Guillermo decided to return to distilling the traditional way. The tahona is a volcanic stone wheel that is rolled in a pit to crush baked agave. Most distilleries use a diffuser, rollermill, or a combination of rollermill and tahona. The fibers are removed and the... Read more →

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Tuesday night I helped judge the Tahona Society Cocktail Competition here in Arandas, Mexico. The competition (and the Tahona Society in general) was sponsored by Olmeca Altos tequila. My co-judges were Henry Bessant, who helped develop the Olmeca Altos brand, Charles Joly, winner of last year's competition and bar manager at The Aviary in Chicago, and Tomas Estes, owner of the Cafe Pacifico restaurants and Ocho tequila. Eighteen bartenders from eleven countries competed in the event. What I liked was that nearly every competitor brought an ingredient from their home country to make their cocktails, from a smoky Ukrainian dried... Read more →

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A great first day in Mexico with the Tahona Society! Today we loaded into ATVs at the Olmeca Altos distillery and headed into the agave fields. We road on muddy paths, rock-laid roads, and small town streets. Then we watched jimadores harvesting agave in the field, and a few of us took turns at harvesting plants ourselves. At the end, I got really muddy and a bit sunburned. A great day! Tomorrow a distillery visit and cocktail contest. Read more →

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Unless something has gone horribly awry, I am in Mexico right now with the Tahona Society. This week we'll be visiting several tequila distilleries and I'm helping to judge a cocktail contest with Olmeca Altos tequila. I'll do my best to post here during the trip, but you know how it goes with that much tequila around... I'll be doing more live posting on the Alcademics Twitter Feed @alcademics and in the Alcademics Facebook Group. Salud! Read more →

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For CLASS Magazine online at DiffordsGuide.com, I wrote an article about filtration in spirits. This was based on the research I did for my talk on the subject at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic earlier this year. Don't Forget the Filtration Factor By Camper English Nearly every spirit undergoes some sort of filtration, yet we rarely acknowledge it as part of production. But filtration makes vodka what it is today, practically defines Tennessee whiskey, is the standard in making white rum, and is changing the look of tequila. Filtration is important. Generally speaking, filtration refers to the mechanical process of passing... Read more →

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On ShakeStir.com, an online community for bartenders, I write the New Booze blog. It is a round-up of new spirits products being released and products that have reached distribution in new states. Products released in June 2012 were: Controy Orange Liqueur Appleton 50 Year Old Rum Tequila Tapatio Grand Marnier Cherry Read about them all over on ShakeStir.com. Read more →

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For last week's FineCooking.com blog post, I wrote about a drink from Jessica Maria of the Hotsy Totsy Club in Albany, California. The drink is the Ernesto, which is a Hemingway Daiquiri made with tequila. For as much as there are Hemingway Daiquiri spin-offs and as much as tequila loves grapefruit, I don't think I'd seen this version of the drink before. So anyway, here it is. The recipe is over at FineCooking.com. Read more →

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Joel Baker, formerly a bar manager at Bourbon & Branch and Burritt Room, will be taking over the bar program at Tres Tequila Lounge & Mexican Kitchen in San Francisco, the bar/restaurant formerly known as Tres Agaves. Image stolen from Tres website Most of the plans are still a bit nebulous and we shouldn't expect to see any changes until early March, but Baker told me he'd look into expanding the tequila program into other agave spirits including adding more mezcal and sotol. They'll begin serving tequila shots with a choice of sangrita chasers in red or green as well.... Read more →

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