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How Tequila Ocho Demonstrates Terroir in Tequila. By now, we’re all familiar with the concept of terroir when it comes to wine, but recently the conversation has moved into the world of spirits, as well, particularly when it comes to tequila.

How Tequila Ocho Demonstrates Terroir in Tequila

Though only blue agave can be used to make tequila, there is so much variation that occurs in the plant depending on the region where it’s grown, its climate and weather, and the composition of its soil. Which is to say, terroir can play a significant role in a tequila’s character, perhaps more so than any other spirit. Since its inception 12 years ago, Tequila Ocho has been proving that terroir does indeed affect the flavor and quality of tequila by taking a hyperlocal approach — that is, bottling tequilas from single agave farms, a.k.a. ranchos. The 10 Best Añejo Tequilas to Drink in 2020. Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here.

The 10 Best Añejo Tequilas to Drink in 2020

We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links. "Añejo translates to aged or matured tequila, and [said] aging is done in oak barrels for a minimum of 12 months, which imparts a lot of flavors to the spirit,” says Suyash Pande, head bartender at New York’s Baar Baar. The Proper Way to Drink Mezcal (and 6 New Ones You Should Try) “I like to drink these neat agave spirits in a very specific way.”

The Proper Way to Drink Mezcal (and 6 New Ones You Should Try)

Lou Bank is the founder of SACRED, a not-for-profit that helps improve quality of life in the rural Mexican communities where heritage agave spirits are made. He’s also the co-host of Agave Road Trip, a podcast that helps bartenders better understand agave, agave spirits and rural Mexico. A Disruptive Transparency Initiative Is Shining Light on Tequila Additives. One hundred percent.

A Disruptive Transparency Initiative Is Shining Light on Tequila Additives

The term seems straight forward enough. You see it listed on labels constantly. You seek it out in the food you eat. Who doesn’t want a burger made from 100 percent real beef? You fill your clothes drawer with T-shirts made from 100 percent cotton. “Additives can actually be used [in 100 percent agave tequila] and there is no requirement to notify the end consumer, as long as the amount added does not exceed 1 percent of total volume,” warns Grover Sanschagrin. 8 New Tequilas to Try Right Now. It’s no longer just a question of whether to mix tequila into a Margarita or a Paloma (although frankly, we’ll order one of each, thanks).

8 New Tequilas to Try Right Now

Today, the question to ask is: What type of tequila? The varieties seem to be ever-widening and, in some cases, blurring. For those who love crisp, bracing blancos, a growing number of celebrities are adding their names to the labels. Some are even a two-for-one deal, as with Santo (Sammy Hagar and Guy Fieri) and Villa One (Nick Jonas and John Varvatos). In terms of reposados, Partida has introduced a single-barrel reserve, a designation once seen only on whiskey bottlings. And for those who enjoy longer-aged añejos or even extra añejos, the category has grown ever more luxe. We Asked 10 Drinks Pros: Which Tequila Offers the Best Bang for Your Buck? Synonymous with the simple but always satisfying Margarita, tequila shines in many cocktails, from the tart, citrus-forward Paloma, to the sweet fruity layers of a Tequila Sunrise.

We Asked 10 Drinks Pros: Which Tequila Offers the Best Bang for Your Buck?

Meanwhile, any purist will say that sipping the spirit neat, or with ice, is the best way to truly enjoy its range of complex flavors. As tequila’s popularity in the U.S. continues to grow, so too does the overwhelming selection and spectrum of styles available on the market. To help weed through the options, VinePair sought the advice of beverage professionals around the country to find out which bottles offer the best value, both tasting great without breaking the bank. To learn more about helping the hospitality industry at this time, please visit VinePair’s Live Blog: How to Give Back to Hospitality Professionals Impacted by Covid-19. Cincoro Was the Best Tequila of 2019. This week, InsideHook’s resident spirits expert will be naming all his favorite bottles of 2019.

Cincoro Was the Best Tequila of 2019

In case you missed it, you can read about his favorite bourbon of the year here. Our favorite tequila in 2019 was not crafted by a tiny, family-owned, eighth-generation distillery in Jalisco that painstakingly hand-selects its agave and eschews all forms of modern machinery, preferring to use “traditional methods” passed down for 150 years. No, our choice was modern and, at times, very American. Here's Everything You Need to Know About Tequila Bribón. Tequila consumption in the States has been on an exponential rise as a new generation of drinkers discovers the complexity and versatility of this Mexican spirit.

Here's Everything You Need to Know About Tequila Bribón

In fact, demand has nearly exceeded agave supply. While it might seem like there’s a new tequila brand hitting liquor store shelves every week, it’s rare that a 100 percent blue agave tequila that’s both affordable and high quality joins the ranks. Enter Tequila Bribón, a recent addition that ticks both boxes. Read on to find out about the story behind the spirit, the family who makes it, and the best ways to put it to good use. Nick Jonas and John Varvatos’ Tequila Is Really Good. But on August 28, it became a reality when Villa One, a new tequila co-founded by the pair in partnership with Stoli, was announced to the world.

Nick Jonas and John Varvatos’ Tequila Is Really Good

The two hosted an intimate gathering in New York just one night before Jonas would take the stage at Madison Square Garden. After collaborating on men’s fragrance and fashion line JV x NJ, Varvatos and Jonas wanted to work together again. After mulling over their options — a music festival? A movie? The Best Tequila Under $40. 6 Tequila and Mezcal Bottles to Try Now. 12 Best Tequila Brands 2019 - What Tequila Bottles to Buy Right Now. 5 Essential Mezcal Bottles You Need for Your Home Bar. The Best Mezcal at Any Price. The Best Tequila Under $40. 7 New Tequilas You Should Be Drinking. A Man's Primer on Tequila. 13 Best Tequilas You Can Buy in 2018. Can Bats Save Tequila? A trip to an American grocery store is rife with existential struggle for conscientious consumers.

Can Bats Save Tequila?

Do we want conventional, pesticide-spritzed tomatoes grown somewhere far away but temptingly priced $1.99 per pound? Or are we going to shell out $5 for the organic ones from a farm down the road? Drinkers are facing a similar conundrum with bottles of tequila at cocktail bars and corner stores nationwide. The consequences – involving bats, the health of farm workers, and the fate of an entire industry – are arguably more apocalyptic. After decades of being wildly mismarketed and misunderstood in the United States, tequila is on the rise. That’s due in part to the prevalence of 100 percent agave versions available throughout the United States. Last Call at Mayahuel: Did the Pioneering Tequila and Mezcal Bar Change American Drinking Forever?

It came as something of a gut punch to learn that Mayahuel, the beloved East Village agave bar opened in 2009 by Ravi DeRossi and Phil Ward of Death & Co fame, will stir its final Oaxacan Old Fashioned on August 8. A protracted dispute between Mayahuel’s partners and the landlord finally turned untenable. According to DeRossi, the building owner changed his mind about a lease extension midstream and now wants to open his own tequila bar in the same space.

He has even obtained a liquor license. “He’s a special character,” Ward says sarcastically. But while the physical space will transfer hands, the intellectual property of the Mayahuel team will not. Downstairs bar. How to Drink Mezcal the Mexican Way. 6 New Tequilas for the True Aficionados. 6 Mezcals to Smoke Up Your Margaritas. In a time when our nation seems to be divided about nearly everything, there’s still one thing we can totally agree on: We all love margaritas. Margaritas are the perfect combination of salty, sweet, and fantastically fruity. 6 Best Mezcals Under $60. Login I forgot my password Don't Have an Account? Signup Sent! Please check your email for a link to reset your password. Personalize your experience Date of Birth Thanks! 12 Things You Didn't Know About Tequila. A Guide to Mezcal. “Mezcal is the most terroir-based spirit,” says Arik Torren, owner of mezcal producer Fidencio Mezcal. The spirit, made in one of seven Mexican states (Oaxacan mezcal is the biggest presence on US shelves), is small-batch distilled from fermented agave.

MAP: The States That Drink The Most Tequila. Coolmaterial. Best - Top 10 Tequilas. Top 5 Tequilas You Should Be Drinking For Cinco de Mayo. Tequila Archives. DeLeon Tequila. Trying to catch lightning in a bottle in the spirits industry is nearly impossible. Casa Noble Añejo Tequila. Review: Casamigos Anejo Tequila. The spirits industry is a lot less glamorous and a lot more difficult than many celebrities anticipate. With high profile celebrity-backed spirits like P. Review: Tequila Avion Reserva 44. Top Rated Anejo Tequilas. Review: Montelobos Mezcal Joven. Review: Tequila Herradura Scotch Cask Finish. When you are dealing with a highly controlled spirit like Scotch Whisky or Tequila, there are only so many things you can do to really impact flavor and character. One of the biggest tools in the proverbial tool belt is the barrel.