Tequila Aficionado Talks Glassware on Blab

Just in time for the holidays!  On Sunday, November 22nd at 9pm Central, Tequila Aficionado will host a live Blab.  We’ll discuss the importance of and differences in glassware with special guest Martin Duffy of Glencairn Glassware.  We look forward to hearing from you on your own glassware preferences when drinking agave spirits.

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Tequila: The Super Food, By Kate Lundgren

Tequila is a Super Food?

IMG_0338I would bet to say that you have, are, or have thought about getting healthy. Starting to work out, becoming more active, and maybe avoiding going out with friends due to the extreme calories that are there to temp you. You may think that your options are limited to beer, wine, and the occasional mixed drink.


Beer has 154 calories on average and whiskey itself still has 70 calories before you add anything to it. If you went out and had 3 beers and 3 whiskeys, you would have to burn off an extra 672 calories. You would have to do burpees for more than 1.5 hours to burn that off – or run for an hour. As a woman striving to gain a decent body and still have calories for the food I love (tacos) it’s just not worth it. But take a peek at this, a tequila on the rocks has just 64 calories! Counting calories may not be fun (I would know) but drinking tequila is. What’s that? How is tequila a super food? I’d be glad to tell you!

Tequila will not give you a hangover

manana-tequilaYes, you read that right! Tequila will treat you the way you treat it. Slamming it back shot after shot? That dog will bite back and hard. Try instead ordering what is considered “top shelf” here in America on the rocks. Not only does it taste delicious but you look super sophisticated doing it. That’s not enough for you to ask for tequila? How about all of the great health benefits of this nectar of the gods?! Experts say a shot after a big dinner with some water can help aid digestion. Studies have shown that tequila can break down dietary fat, which can indeed help lower LDL levels, the bad cholesterol. In addition, tequila can help alleviate tension and headaches. In moderation of course, don’t go slamming shots to relieve a headache (see above).

Tequila also has been linked with weight loss

la cremaYes, it’s true. A recent study conducted at the American Chemical Society has blessed us with this amazing information. Here’s how it breaks down; agavina, a sugar that comes from the agave plant used to produce tequila, triggered insulin production and lowered blood sugar in an experiment conducted with mice. In addition to these astonishing results, the sweetener also helped the overweight mice drops some hefty pounds. And agavins aren’t absorbed by the body so they won’t increase blood glucose.

How about the common cold?

A snifter of 7 Leguas tequila.

A snifter of 7 Leguas tequila.

Sure, you could take cold medicine and maybe even some zinc but that’s no fun. In the 1930’s doctors in Mexico suggested a familiar concoction to fight off the common cold; tequila, lime juice, and agave nectar. Basically doctors said that drinking a margarita would help fight off a cold. Count me in. Adding in the “cure” of the common cold, tequila can help reduce pain you may be feeling. I know what you’re thinking, ha ha drink the pain away. Please do. Tequila has been proven to dilate the blood vessels, which results in better blood flow, minimizing pain levels. It may also cure any emotional pain you may have but that doesn’t have any base in science.

How about delivering drugs to your system?

Dulce_VidaLet me explain, OK, so basically when drugs are taken, the acid in your stomach typically breaks them down before they can even hit your intestines. Why is this a problem? Because it decreases the drug’s effectiveness. Tequila serves as a protective barrier of these drugs as they work their way into your system. Researchers at Mexico’s University of Guadalajara claim that blue agave found in tequila helps deliver drugs to the colon, which helps to treat illnesses such as Crohn’s disease, colitis, IBS and even cancer. Now I know that many drugs aren’t supposed to be taken with alcohol, and I am not encouraging you to do so, but look at the science.

If you ask me, tequila is the greatest of all super foods.

blancoI can think of no other thing that you can digest that does ALL of this for you. Plus, I’ve never heard a great night out story that starts with kale and green juice. I stopped drinking beer because I always felt bloated. I stopped drinking rum because I was ingesting WAY too much sugar between it and the mixer. I started drinking tequila because it’s good and good for you. My advice? Drink tequila.

Read more of Kate’s work online at Tequilaology, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Special Feature: Tasting Tequila with the Riedel Ouverture Tequila Glass

reidel, riedel, glass, Tequila Glass, riedel ouvertureMike Morales and Alex Perez discuss the history of the Riedel Ouverture Tequila Glass, how it came to be, and the commonly accepted method of nosing and tasting tequila with the Riedel Ouverture Tequila Glass.

About the Tequila Glass

This elegant slender glass has a lengthy stem and is designed to lift fine Tequila to the level it deserves. Devotees can now appreciate Tequila in it’s own glass and give it the respect of which it is worthy. Machine made of non leaded glass. Dishwasher Safe.

Shaped for maximizing full enjoyment when sipping tequila, the two glasses in this set have narrow bowls on long, slender, stylish stems. Part of the moderately priced Ouverture series offered by world-renowned glassmaker Riedel Crystal, they’re machine-blown, lead-free and dishwasher safe. Their thin rims are cut and polished to Riedel’s exacting standards, so tequila flows easily onto the palate and the flavors are enhanced. Each glass holds 6-3/4-ounce and stands 8-1/4-inch high.

Suggested retail price $24 for two glasses.  Available on Amazon.com for approximately $20 for two.







Roasting & Toasting for Thanksgiving with Don Julio

farm to tableOn November 5, Tequila Don Julio hosted the latest edition of their Farm to Shaker dinner series in New York City in collaboration with New York Chef Daniel Sharp and Bartender Angela Laino. Below, you’ll find recipes and images of the innovative menu Chef Daniel and Angela collaborated on together for this special event. Each recipe features Tequila Don Julio along with roasting and toasting techniques that celebrate the fall season.


Angela’s Arch

Cangelas archreated by Angela Laino 

Inspiration: I wanted to create a sensory experience. Bringing the smoke into the cocktail allowed all the senses to be activated while showcasing the versatility of the Tequila Don Julio Reposado. This cocktail brings a feeling of fall by recreating the smell of roasting on a campfire. 


1 1/4 oz Smoked Tequila Don Julio Reposado

1/2 oz Malbec Reduction

1/3 oz Italian Aperitif

Orange Zest

2 Dashes Orange Bitters

Dehydrated Lemon Ice for Garnish*

*Dehydrated Lemon Ice 


2 Lemons 


  1. Slice lemons thin and place in the dehydrator for 8 to 12 hours at 135°.
  2. Once lemons are crisp, place them in the ice tray and fill halfway with water. Place in freezer.
  3. Once ice is frozen, fill remaining space with water and freeze.


  1. Pour Tequila Don Julio Reposado into blender.
  2. Place the hose of a smoking gun 2 to 3 inches into the blender. Set the blender on a very low setting and turn on the smoker. Keep a continuous flow of smoke for 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Combine smoked Tequila Don Julio Reposado with Malbec Reduction, Italian Aperitif, orange zest and orange bitters in a mixing glass over ice. Stir for about 45 seconds.
  4. Strain contents into a rocks glass over large ice cube.
  5. Fill a snifter with smoke from your smoking gun and place on top of the rocks glass so that smoke is captured.
  6. Lift snifter and serve.

Ideal Serve:

Rocks Glass 

Indian Summer

Created by Angela Laino 

Inspiration: The Farm to Shaker event theme directly inspired The Indian Summer cocktail. I’m very culinary and garden-driven in my approach to cocktails. My favorite ingredients to use are those that can both stand alone and have the versatility to cross over from food to drink, such as fresh herbs. 


1 oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco

1/4 oz Ancho Chili Liqueur

1 oz Lime Juice

1 oz Simple Syrup

1 bar spoon Curry Powder

8 Sprigs Cilantro for Garnish

Flaked Sea Salt and Dried Chili Powder Rim


  1. Combine Tequila Don Julio Blanco, ancho chili liqueur, lime juice, simple syrup and curry powder into a shaker with ice. Shake well.
  2. Double strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass rimmed with flaked sea salt and dried chili powder.

Ideal Serve:

Rocks Glass


Created by Angela Laino 

Inspiration: One of my passions is to understand ingredients and the roles they play in our body. Activated charcoal is not only used as a filter in spirits but also mimics that process when consumed. By adding activated charcoal to this cocktail where the Tequila Don Julio 70 already goes through a charcoal filtration, it created an exciting twist on both the spirit and cocktail. 


1 1/3 oz Tequila Don Julio 70

1/3 oz Dry Sherry

1 oz Cedar, Rosemary & Activated Charcoal Syrup*

2/3 oz Lemon juice

1 bar spoon Organic Egg White

1 drop Orange Extract

Rosemary Sprig for Garnish

*Cedar, Rosemary & Activated Charcoal Syrup 


1 cup Dried Cedar Tops

4 cups Water

2 cups Sugar

1 Rosemary Sprig

1 Capsule Activated Charcoal 


  1. Bring dried cedar tops and rosemary sprig to a boil in 4 cups of water on high heat. Let boil for 2 minutes.
  2. Let cool for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Strain and mix in sugar.
  4. Let cool then bottle.
  5. Add capsule of activated charcoal, shake. 

Yields ¾ liter.


  1. Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake vigorously without ice for one minute. Add ice and shake for an additional minute.
  3. Double strain into coupe glass.

Ideal Serve:

Coupe Glass


Don Julio Reposado Cured Roast Beef on Toast

Created by Chef Daniel Sharp

Inspiration: Among their many qualities, spirits have the ability to preserve, historically a powerful tool in preparing for the oncoming winter. This dish is traditionally Scandinavian and would use vodka, so for this preparation I used some Latin flavors and seared the meat to match the complexity of the Tequila Don Julio Reposado. 


2 lb Eye of Round

Canola Oil

Tequila Don Julio Reposado Cure


2 Oranges, zest and juice

1 Lemon, zest and juice

1 Lime, juice

1/2 cup Tequila Don Julio Reposado

1 cup Salt

1 cup Sugar

1 tbsp Black Pepper, large crack

1/2 tsps Chili Flakes

2 Star Anise

1 Jalapeño

12 sprigs Cilantro

1 tbsp Soy Sauce


  1. Cut the eye of round in half, pat dry with paper towel and set aside.
  2. Using a peeler, cut zest strips from the oranges and lemon, but not the lime. Once completed, halve and juice oranges, lemon and lime.
  3. Slice the jalapeñ
  4. Combine all the ingredients (except the beef) and mix well.

Searing the Beef:

  1. Place a heavy bottomed pan over high heat. Once very hot add oil, just to cover the pan lightly.
  2. Sear the beef, turning to a new side every 30-45 seconds until it is browned on all sides. The goal is not to cook the beef, it will still be raw throughout.
  3. Transfer to a plate and pat dry to remove excess oil.

Curing the Beef:

  1. Once cooled, place the beef in a zip-lock bag and pour the Tequila Don Julio Reposado cure over.
  2. Seal the bag removing as much air as possible so that the meat is completely surrounded by the liquid.
  3. Place the bag inside a pan or container in case of leakage and refrigerate for 24 hours, turning the bag over once at the halfway point.
  4. Once cured, remove the pieces and rinse lightly under cold water to remove the excess cure and pat dry. Wrap each piece tightly in plastic wrap.


  1. When you are ready to enjoy, place the wrapped piece in the freezer for about half and hour. This will firm it up and make it easier to slice.*
  2. Serve sliced thin, drizzled with Creama Mexicana and chopped mint with a few slices of grilled bread on the side

*If you don’t want to use it all, it will freeze and keep for several weeks


Roast Porchetta and Burnt Orange Tequila Don Julio Reposado Sauce

roasted porchettaCreated by Chef Daniel Sharp

Inspiration: The burnt oranges and roasted meat speak to the fall season. The richness of the porchetta goes well with the sweet tang of the Tequila Don Julio Reposado sauce, and burning the oranges adds depth in the same way that barrel aging the tequila does. This sauce would also go well with roasted duck, turkey or chicken. 

Burnt Orange Tequila Don Julio Reposado Glaze


4 Oranges

3 tbsp Sugar

4 tbsp Butter

4 tbsp Flour

2 cups Orange Juice

2 cups Chicken Stock

2 1/2 oz Red Wine Vinegar

1 tbsp Whole Peppercorns

4 Whole Allspice

2 Star Anise

3 Cloves

1 tbsp Kosher Salt

3/4 cup Brown sugar

1/4 cup Sugar

4 oz Tequila Don Julio Reposado


  1. Preheat your oven to 475.
  2. Cut the oranges in halves. Then cut each half into four chucks.
  3. Toss the chunks with the sugar. Spread them out on a baking tray so they are evenly spaced apart.
  4. Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the edges of the orange are blackened and rest of the orange is browned.
  5. Meanwhile, gather and measure out the rest of the ingredients.
  6. Melt the butter in a heavy bottomed saucepot. Add the flour and whisk to create the roux.
  7. Cook over low heat for 5-7 minutes. The flour should start to smell toasted but not start to brown.
  8. Add all the spices and cook for another minute.
  9. Add orange juice, chicken stock and vinegar while whisking vigorously to avoid getting lumps. Once combined bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer.
  10. Add the sugar, salt, burnt oranges and Tequila Don Julio Reposado. Stir to dissolve.
  11. Cook over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  12. Once finished, strain.


The Roast


5 pound Heritage Porchetta Roast

4 sprigs Rosemary, stemmed and chopped

Salt and Pepper to taste

Olive Oil


  1. Rub porcetta roast with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and rosemary.
  2. Roll and tie so the skin-on belly is wrapped around the loin.
  3. Place in a baking dish and cover with foil.
  4. Cook slow and low at 325 degrees for about 2+ hours or until the internal temperature of the roast reaches 145 degrees.
  5. Remove the foil and brush with the glaze. Turn the oven up to 450 degrees.
  6. Return to the oven and roast for 5 minutes until the glaze and skin start to bubble and brown.
  7. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with extra glaze on the side.


Roasted Pears and Tequila Don Julio Añejo Infused Caramel with Vanilla Ice Cream

roasted pearsCreated by Chef Daniel Sharp

Inspiration: Fruit is nature’s dessert, so I always like to find my inspiration there. The warmth of a delicious roasted pear with a spoonful of melting ice cream has always been a favorite of mine. Tying this duo together is a simple caramel sauce improved upon with a little Tequila Don Julio Añejo. Like the use of fine brandy in classic French desserts, the Tequila Don Julio Añejo elevates the flavors and adds a touch of festivity. 

Tequila Don Julio Añejo Infused Caramel


1 cup Sugar

1/4 cups Water

4 tbsp Butter

1/2 cup Heavy Cream

2 oz Tequila Don Julio Añejo

Vanilla Bean, split and scraped

Pinch of Salt


  1. Add sugar and water to a heavy bottomed pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Allow the water to evaporate, do not stir.
  2. Once the water has evaporated the sugar will start to brown. If the heat is uneven, move the pan around being careful not to agitate the mixture.
  3. Once the sugar has caramelized, add butter, whisking continuously. Once combined, remove from the heat and whisk in the cream.
  4. Add Tequila Don Julio Añejo, vanilla bean and a pinch of salt. Stir to combine.


Roasted Pears


3 Pears

2 tbsp. Honey

½ tsp. Ground Cinnamon

Pinch of Salt


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Cut the pears in half. Using a melon baller, remove the seeds.
  3. Toss with honey, cinnamon and a pitch of salt.
  4. Place cut side up in a baking dish with enough water just to coat the bottom.
  5. Roast in the oven for 15-20 minute until nicely browned and soft.
  6. Serve while still warm with vanilla ice cream and a generous drizzle of caramel.

Special Feature: Introduction to Tequila Glassware

Mike Morales and Alexander Perez of Tequila Aficionado introduce us to a variety of Tequila Glassware styles and how they can be used to enjoy your tequilas and mezcals to the fullest.



For more information on Tequila Glassware and how to properly enjoy your tequila or mezcal to the fullest, watch our Blab with Martin Duffy of Glencairn Glass.


When we tried Embajador Tequila Anejo, a tequila we’ve been enjoying for years, in the Reidel Tequila Glass, we discovered amazing new nuances and aromas on the nose and the tasting experience was even better.  We highly recommend you try the Glencairn Whisky Glass with your favorite anejo and put it to the test!

Connect With Glencairn

About The Glencairn Whisky Glass

The Glencairn Whisky Glass is a revolutionary whisky glass that really lets one savor the taste and complexity of fine whisky. These are great to use for any of your Single Malt Whisky’s, Irish Whiskey’s, and also your single barrel bourbons. With the tapered mouth, you are able to really smell all of the nuances the whisky has to offer. Any malt advocate will love this glass!

History Of The Glass:
Champagne, Brandy, Wine… each has its own glass. Yet whisky, the worlds most complex spirit can be found served in anything from hiball tumblers to Paris goblets.

In 2001 Glencairn Crystal solved the problem of identifying the ideal glass for whisky. Designed by Raymond Davidson nearly 25 years earlier, its development involved pulling together the master blenders from the five largest whisky companies and asking them to perfect his initial design.

Today the Glencairn Glass can be found at every distillery in Scotland, Ireland, Wales as well as most in the USA.


Fresh Don Julio Food Pairings & Recipes

Created by Chef Ed Sura, Perennial Virant


Tomatillo Pickled Salsa Verde


1lb Tomatillos, husked, washed, and cut into quarters

8 ½ oz Water

3 oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco

5 ½ oz Champagne Vinegar

3 oz Onions, sliced

1 tsp Salt

½ oz Honey

1 Jalapeño

½ oz Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

Dash of Freshly Grated Lime Zest

2 Sprigs of Cilantro


  1. Place the tomatillos in a clean, warm quart jar.
  2. Add 1 jalapeño, lime juice, zest and cilantro to the jar.
  3. Combine liquid ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil.
  4. Pour hot preserving liquid over the fruit, leaving ½ inch headspace. Seal the jar.
  5. Process for 20 minutes in a hot water bath.


1 quart

Serving Recommendation:

Serve as an accompaniment to grilled fish or meat.


Tequila Don Julio Cranberry and Vanilla Aigre-Doux

A sweet and sour relish



9 oz Tequila Don Julio Añejo

3 ½ oz Red Wine Vinegar

5 ¼ oz Honey

1 ½ lbs Fresh Cranberries; washed

¼ oz Salt

1 Vanilla Bean, split

2 tsp Black Peppercorns

2 Star Anise


  1. Combine Tequila Don Julio Añejo, red wine vinegar, honey and salt in a large pot. Bring to a boil.
  2. Put the cranberries in a clean, warm quart jar.
  3. Put split vanilla bean, black peppercorns and star anise in the jar.
  4. Pour hot preserving liquid over the fruit, leaving ½ inch headspace. Seal jar.
  5. Process for 20 minutes in a hot water bath.


1 quart

Serving Recommendation:

Use as a vinaigrette for spicy greens such as arugula, or serve over ice cream.


Muskmelon and Vanilla Tequila Don Julio Jam



2 ½ lbs Melon; washed, peeled, seeded, and cut to ½ inch dice

4 ½ oz Honey

1 Vanilla Bean, split and scraped

2 oz Tequila Don Julio Reposado

1 oz Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice


  1. Combine all ingredients, cover and let set overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. The next day, pour mixture into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Cook mixture to 215° F.
  4. Clean and sanitize jars, seals and rings.
  5. Fill jars with mixture to ¼ inch from top, seal and process for 20 minutes in boiling water bath.
  6. Cool and store at room temperature


2 quarts

Serving Recommendation:

Serve with breads of crackers at the beginning of a meal, or with Panna Cotta for a sweet dessert.

Celebrate Autumn with Don Julio Tequila

Bloody MariaDon Julio Bloody Maria   


1 ½ oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco

5 oz Don Julio Bloody Maria Mix*

1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

Picked Escabeche** for Garnish 


  1. Mix all ingredients in cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake and strain over ice.


Pickled Escabeche


*Don Julio Bloody Mary Mix


24 oz Organic Tomato Juice

1 Red Pepper

1 Large Cucumber

5 oz Worcestershire Sauce

1 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper

2 tbsp Horseradish (prepared)

1 tsp TABASCO Sauce


  1. Add all ingredients into a Vitamix and blend until integrated and liquefied.
  2. Strain.   


Roughly 24-30 oz of Bloody Mix




1 Head Cauliflower, chopped into ½ inch cubes

4 Carrots, peeled and cut into ¼ wheels

2 Stalks Celery, cut into ¼ inch pieces

1 Jalapeño, cut into thin rings

1 Bay Leaf

2 tsp Black Pepper

2 tsp Salt

3 cups Water

2 cups White Wine Vinegar

1 cup Sugar


  1. Prep vegetables and place in a nonreactive container.
  2. In a pot, heat the water, white wine vinegar and sugar, but do not boil.
  3. Remove from heat and pour liquid over vegetables. Seal container and refrigerate. (If too many vegetables float to the top put a plate in the container to weight vegetables down.)
  4. Pickled Escabeche is ready after one day, but perfect after two. 


Haymaker FizzHaymaker Fizz 


1 ¼ oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco

1 ¼ oz Sake

3/4 oz Cucumber Switchel*

3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

2 Dashes Fennel Bitters

Soda, to top 


  1. Mix all ingredients in cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake and strain over ice.
  3. Top with soda, serve.



Fresh Cucumber Slice


*Cucumber Switchel 


56 oz Farm Honey

32 oz Rice Vinegar

2 Large Cucumbers, diced


  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Let sit for one day in refrigerator then strain out cucumber and bottle.


Peter PiperPeter Piper


1/2 oz Mirepoix Infused Don Julio Reposado*

3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

3/4 oz Ginger Syrup**

1 dash Thyme Salt

1 dash Celery Bitters

Pickled Carrot for Garnish***


  1. Mix all ingredients in cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake, strain and serve. 



Pickled Carrot


*Mirepoix Infused Tequila Don Julio Reposado 


1 Carrot

1 Stalk of Celery

1/4 Onion

1 bottle Tequila Don Julio Reposado (750 ml)


  1. Chop carrot, celery and onion, cook in pan to soften.
  2. Add to Tequila Don Julio Reposado bottle and let sit for 3 days.
  3. Strain and rebottle.


**Ginger Syrup 


3 cups Sherry Wine Vinegar

1 cup White Sugar

1 tbsp Kosher Salt

5 Large Ginger Roots

8 oz Pickled Ginger Juice

4 oz Fresh Ginger Juice

1 ½ cups White Sugar


  1. Heat sherry wine vinegar, white sugar and kosher salt in a pan. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  2. Pour liquid over ginger roots. Roughly chop.
  3. Let sit in refrigerator for 3 days.
  4. Strain and juice ginger through juice extractor. Yields 8 oz pickled ginger juice.
  5. Mix pickled ginger juice, fresh ginger juice and sugar until dissolved. Bottle. 


***Pickled Carrot:


20 Small Carrots

1 cup White Wine Vinegar

1 cup Sugar 


  1. Stir together liquid ingredients until dissolved.
  2. Place carrots in vinegar solution for 1 day.
  3. Strain off and serve as garnish.

How to Choose the Right Tequila Glassware

Join Tequila Aficionado Media on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 9PM CST as Alex Perez and Mike Morales Blab about proper tequila glassware with Martin Duffy, exclusive US representative of the historic Glencairn Chrystal of Scotland.

Riedel Launches the Tequila Glass

As Tequila Aficionado Media first reported in November of 2001, and shared with you again from our vault in the summer of 2015, tenth generation glassmaker Georg J. Riedel presented the perfect tequila tasting glass–the Riedel Ouverture Tequila Glass–at an exclusive ceremony in one of Mexico’s most renowned luxury hotels.

tequila snifter

The over 250 year old Riedel Wine Glass Company, in concert with several prestigious members of the CRT and Casa Noble tequila were involved in its development.

The introduction of the Riedel Ouverture Tequila Glass would serve to elevate the image of tequila from a beverage strictly consumed in shots to an elegant spirit worthy of sipping and savoring.

Originally designed for reposados in mind, the Riedel Ouverture Tequila Glass over the years has been revered by the likes of Master Distiller Germán González as a valuable tasting and nosing tool, and reviled by others as an inadequate vessel to judge the nuances and characteristics of agave spirits.

Many in the industry have questioned why separate glassware hasn’t been produced for each of the agave growing regions, much like the wine and spirits regions of Bordeaux and Cognac.  Tasting and nosing glasses for Atotonilco, Amatitán, Arandas, el valle de Tequila (Tequila Valley), and all points in between should be represented with their own custom stemware.

With all the talk about terroir in tequila and mezcal these days, using proper glassware to discern specific regional characteristics of top notch juice is vitally important.

But, which glasses are the right ones?  What else is out there?

Let’s Blab About Tequila Glassware

Join Tequila Aficionado Media right here on our website on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 9PM CST when founder, Alex Perez and CEO, Mike Morales blab about other viable options in tequila and mezcal glassware with Martin Duffy, the exclusive representative of the famed Glencairn Chrystal in the US.

On the eve of the 14th anniversary of the introduction of the Tequila Glass, discover other alternatives in glassware to enhance your enjoyment of tequila, mezcal and all agave spirits.

Sipping off the Cuff: Route 66 Tequila Reposado

Mike and Alex taste and discuss Del Bravo’s Route 66 which will rev the engines of motorcycle lovers & haters alike.  “It’s charming, it’s chiny, and it tastes real good!” says Alex.

Sipping off the Cuff: Mamalon Tequila Blanco

Mike & Alex taste & discuss Mamalon tequila blanco, the latest from La Cofradia.