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round ceramic bottle with blue lettering that reads Grand Mayan Extra Aged and hand painted flower design

Grand Mayan Tequila Extra Aged

After spending a large portion of last year exploring budget and/or mixing spirits, I was grateful and excited to come out of the holiday season with a handful of higher priced bottles. And, since it has been far too long since I last experienced a higher end bottle of tequila, my most anticipated bottle was Grand Mayan Tequila Extra Aged. Family is important to Grand Mayan Tequila. The company was founded by Carlos Monsalve, a long-time veteran of the tequila industry. His family continues to play a significant role in the entire production process and Carlos works especially closely with his son, Carlos Jr, to carry on the family […]

Clear, rounded bottle with black and white label and filled with straw colored liquid

Espolon Tequila Añejo

After recently reviewing Espolon’s Tequila Blanco, I was interested in exploring more of their tequila products. Fortunately, I ended up with this bottle of Espolon Tequila Añejo from a recent work gift exchange party. This was one of my first experiences with Añejo tequila, and I was excited to see how it would differ from blanco and reposado. If you want general information about Espolon, you can read my recent review of Espolon Tequila Blanco. Espolon Tequila Anejo is produced in the same facility and using the same base ingredients. The main difference is the Añejo is aged for a minimum of 11 months in American Oak barrels, followed […]

Bottle of Mijenta Blanco Tequila sitting on a wooden table, in front of a mixed white and wooden background.

Mijenta Blanco Tequila

Mijenta Blanco Tequila is produced by Mijenta Tequila, an Arandas-based tequila brand co-founded in 2020 by Mike Dolan, Juan Coronado, Elise Som, and Ana María Romero (the master distiller). Created at Casa Tequilera de Arandas in Arandas, Jalisco, Mijenta boasts a fully carbon neutral production process. They are also the first B-corp certified tequila brand as of late 2022. The agave is grown in a red clay soil that is rich in minerals such as iron and lime – which adds to the sense of “terrior” in the flavor. Their sustainable practices begin in the field, where they carefully maintain biodiversity, and avoid pesticides/herbicides. […]

Espolon Tequila Blanco

Now that the weather is staring to get warmer, I’ve been in the mood for some refreshing tequila cocktails. And one bottle that I keep seeing everywhere, possibly ’cause of the striking artwork inspired by Jose Guadalupe Posada, is Espolon Tequila Blanco. After decades in the Mexican distilling industry, Cirilo Oropeza, who sadly passed away in 2020 at age 80, was approached by a entrepreneur to build a new tequila brand that would soon be known as Espolon Tequila. Oropeza continued to be the master distiller even after the brand was purchased by the Italian spirit firm Campari Group in 2009. Espolon Tequila is distilled using a […]

Azteca Azul Reposado Tequila

Azteca Azul Reposado Tequila is produced by Tequila Supremo, a tequila distillery located in Arandas, Jalisco. Founded in 1938, Tequila Supremo produces a variety of different tequila brands using 100% environmentally friendly methods. This particular bottle of Reposado Tequila is created with 100% pure agave, which is cooked in traditional ovens. It is distilled twice in stainless steel stills, before being aged for 6 months in American Oak barrels. BOTTLE SPECS ❖ ABV: 40% ❖ Distillery: Tequila Supremo, S.A. de C.V. ❖ Aging: 6 months ❖ Price Point: lower moderate price TASTING NOTES Nose: ❖ oak ❖ cooked agave ❖ honey ❖ vanilla ❖ nuts […]