Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
this time: some are old friends, but others will be total surprise. Click here to find out more, please: http://bit.ly/OY8unp.
way. This is passion for perfection.
Añejos: The only tequila in the world to do this! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uYbT-Bo0TM
season premiere, tomorrow, right here!.
Blindside’s Actor Quinton Aaron, and Smithsonian Photographer Kyleen Mir. Photos by Neftalie.com
This, is passion for perfection.
Carlos Santana & Casa Noble’s founder and CEO Jose “Pepe” Hermosillo take us on a private tour of our tequila distillery, an amazing educational video!.CasaNoble & Carlos Santana Celebrating Life Together in our 1st Anniversary.
Bottle”! Click here: http://santanatequila.com/?p=3621
a spiced rim.”
with you, our friends.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Posted: 05/04/2012 7:29 am
It happens every year. I get a bunch of tequilas or mezcals or agave nectars or orange liqueurs in the mail. I think, well, this margarita-centric stuff doesn’t fit with the in-depth exploration I’m working on of schnapps made in the greater West Virginia area, or the pastrami-flavored vodka review I have to write for next week. I’ll leave it until Cinco de Mayo. Inevitably, before I know it, it’s Cuatro de Mayo, and instead of writing about tequila or anything vaguely Mexican, I’m working on a piece about chocolate chip cookie-infused aquavit, or the best armagnacs to drink with Cheez Doodles.
So, without further ado, here’s a quick little shout-out to some of the best tequilas and related products I’ve had the pleasure to sample over the last year, and to the PR flaks who faithfully remind me about Cinco de Mayo starting in, oh, November or so.
Here’s to you, Casa Noble Tequila, whose blanco, reposado and añejo are all among the finest tequilas you can quaff. My favorite is the añejo, triple distilled and aged in French limousin oak barrels, with a damn near perfect balance of vanilla, agave and earthy/grassy flavors and a long, smooth finish that will leave you going “Aaaahhhhhh….” And the bottles are as attractive as the tequila inside is delicious.
Muchas gracias, Dr. Adolfo Murillo, creator of Tequila Alquimia, one of the best tequilas you’ve probably never heard of. Certified organic and housed in bottles made from recycled glass, Alquimia is both earth-friendly and mouth-friendly. The blanco may be the best I’ve tried all year, with soft anise and grape notes that make it delicious both in a margarita and sipped on its own. The reposado is a stunner as well, with strong vegetal, vanilla and pepper notes. And the añejo is simply out of this world — soft and velvety, caressing your taste buds and doing everything but singing Mexican folk ballads softly in your ear. If you see Alquimia at your local watering hole or liquor store, don’t hesitate. One sip and you’ll be thanking Dr. Murillo too.
A hearty ¡ay, Dios mio! to Patron, the groundbreaking premium brand whose Gran Patron Burdeos will run you in the neighborhood of $500-700. Patron blew my mind and broke me out of the Cuervo Gold ghetto when I first tried it in the ’90s. But after the distillery was moved in 2002, its quality and reputation suffered, to the point where it’s de rigeur for serious tequila fans to either ignore or belittle the brand. This super-high end bottling, finished in vintage Bordeaux barrels and housed in stunning handcrafted black walnut boxes, has had its share of both ecstatic and horrific reviews. I’m closer to the ecstatic camp. It’s definitely an odd one, with the Bordeaux barrels giving it flavors of dark fruits and more intense caramel notes than you’d find in a typical tequila. But of course, it’s not supposed to be a typical tequila, is it?
Big Cinco de Mayo props to Milagro Tequila, who sent me one of the spiffier gift packs I’ve gotten in recent memory. The “World’s Freshest Margarita” kit included a Boston shaker, a lime press — essential for margarita making! — Milagro’s own Silver blanco tequila and agave nectar, fresh limes and a beautifully bound hardcover recipe book, containing recipes for margaritas and much more, in a handsome tote bag to carry it all. Is it the world’s freshest margarita? Well, I guess it’s in a tie with every other margarita made with fresh squeezed lime juice. But it’s tasty, that’s for sure — Milagro Silver makes a fine margarita. On its own, it’s got a lovely, herbal and slightly mineral flavor with a bit of citrus on the entry. As a mixer, it’s full-bodied enough to stand up to whatever you throw in with it.
As for the agave nectar included in the kit, I much prefer sweetening my margs with orange liqueur (or triple sec or curaçao), which complements the agave in the tequila in a way that simply adding more agave in the form of nectar can’t. Which is why I tip my chapeau to Mandarine Napoleon. Sure, it’s French, but your margarita definitely won’t mind. Most orange liqueurs use a neutral spirit base, but Napoleon, like Grand Marnier, uses a cognac base, which gives the whole shebang a much deeper, richer and more complex flavor. It also uses Sicilian mandarine oranges rather than the more traditional curaçao oranges. It’s a liqueur, so it’s a little sweet and syrupy when consumed on its own, but it makes for a mean mixer, comparable to Grand Marnier itself. And legend has it that this stuff was first created for Napoleon himself. Pretty cool, right?
Mixing rum and tequila? Sounds gross, right? But not if you flavor your margarita with Rhum Clement Creole Shrubb orange liqueur, which uses Clement’s superlative rhum agricole (meaning rum distilled from cane juice rather than molasses) as a base. It’s got a beautiful, zesty orange flavor that’s lighter and less sweet than most triple secs, and a finish that’s got a lot of wood as well as orange notes. I wouldn’t have believed that it could work in a margarita… until I tried it. A big “¡Saludos, amigos!” to Martinique’s finest.
And last but not least, a misty-eyed “Yo recuerdo, querido” to El Teddy’s, the legendary and long-gone Tribeca watering hole. As a callow youth in the mid ’90s, uneducated in the way of drinking for quality instead of quantity, El Teddy’s opened my eyes to the magic of margaritas. Cocktails with fresh ingredients and premium spirits weren’t as ubiquitous back then as they are today. To taste a ‘rita made with fresh-squeezed lime juice and a tequila that wasn’t Cuervo Gold — and shaken in a shaker rather than frozen in a blender, no less! — was an eye-opening and mind-expanding experience that will stay with me until the last sip of tequila crosses my lips. I miss that place to this day.
¡Tenemos que beber ahora! Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone!
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The Wayzata Logistic Company takes a special pride in this
FDFA/AFHT award as Patron Spirits first & exclusive
Asia/Pacific logistic & supply chain.
In three years, the Patron Tequila Brand has gone from being a USA-centric to becoming a global player. The Patron Spirits Company set up its first international division in the Asia/Pacific region, 2005. Under the direction of Ted McDonnell, CEO, of the Liberty Lighthouse Group and Wayzata Company became a model for supplying global markets.
The Wayzata Company, is currently known as Oceanus AP and was proud to be the Patron Spirits Company key source for supplying all Asia Pacific Regional, Duty Free & Domestic markets, since its international inception. (2005 – 2011 Nov.)
This Award is voted by all the buyers in DF regardless of category chose Patron Spirits as the Best Supplier. Patron Spirits was up against heavy weights of the industry and all other duty free sectors.’ This is going to give us the opportunity to fill the gaps in the travel retail industry.’’ (JM)
In 2009 the Wayzata Company became OCEANUS AP.
Ted McDonnell, Jr. – CEO
Liberty Lighthouse Group and Oceanus AP Company
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
In 2012 Liberty Lighthouse Group will open a specialty Mexican Spirits Agency.
Over the past several years, Liberty Lighthouse Group introduced the 100% Blue Agave Tequila’s into the Asia Pacific region. Since 2005 to 2011 we managed the launch and supported Patron Spirits growth region wide. Most recently, in 2010 we launched Casa Noble 100% Blue Agave Tequila’s. Casa Noble best knows for its ultra premium quality and Carlos Santana partnership in 2011.
With each of these 100% Blue Agave Tequila brands we received wide acceptance in the Asia Pacific region.
Tequila total focus is to support the very Best of the Best from Mexican independent distillers of Beer, Mixto Tequila’s, 100% Blue Agave Tequila’s, Mescals and others spirits.
Mexican Brands covering the 5 States, Lowland Agave Growth, Highland Agave Growth, Organic Tequila’s, French Oak Barrels, Bourbon Barrels, Double – Triple Distilled, 100% Blue Agave Tequila’s, 100% Mescals, Mixto’s, Liqueurs, Mexico Beers, and other Extra’s.
It is no surprise, TEQUILA TOTAL first selection to partner with is recognized as 2011 HOTTEST BRAND 100% Blue Agave TEQUILA in the category. KAH’s Range of 100% BLUE AGAVE TEQUILA’S.
Agave 99 100% Blue Agave Tequila; elegant bottle package, highly rated and noted for its smooth taste, Organic, French Oak Barrel and is 99 proof.
A wide range of excellent Mexican Beers; Mexicali, Rio Grande Ale, Pilsner and Dark Beer. Diablo Chili Beer – I dare you to drink ONE BOTTLE!!!!!!!
Please read on…
Drinks Americas KAH® Tequila Named “Best of the Best” by Tequila.net
WILTON, CT, (DATE) – Drinks Americas Holdings, Ltd., (“Drinks”) (OTCBB: DKAMD), a leading developer and marketer of beverage products, announced today that KAH® Tequila was recently honored with Tequila.net’s prestigious “Best of the Best” award. Taking “Best of the Best” honors in the High-Proof Tequila category was KAH® Tequila 110 Proof Reposado.
The Tequila.net Awards are a unique competition. At an exclusive, private tasting, aficionados and industry professionals donate their personal time to blind taste products in several categories. No entry fees are solicited or collected. The judges spend a full week, taking the time necessary to evaluate each product correctly. Contenders are pushed through multiple rounds until the top products are revealed. Only the “Best of the Best” are awarded in each category, producing results consumers can trust that are unbiased and carefully considered.
The 2011 Tequila.net Awards were announced in November. Over 100 brands submitted 277 products to this competition making it the largest Agave spirits tasting ever in the United States.
KAH® Tequila previously received multiple awards for taste in all styles at the Spirits International Prestige Competition, with KAH® Extra Anejo receiving the Platinum Award for Best in Class. The KAH® Tequila Series received the Platinum Award for Best in Class for Package Design. In addition to those awards, The Spirits of Mexico Tasting Competition judged KAH® Tequila as Best in Category and awarded the Gold Medal to KAH® Anejo, the Gold Medal to KAH® Blanco and the Bronze Medal to KAH® Reposado 110 Proof.
Drinks Americas develops, owns, markets, and nationally distributes alcoholic premium beverages. In June 2011, the Company entered into a sales, distribution and licensing agreement with Worldwide Beverage Imports, LLC and is now selling and distributing KAH® Tequila, Agave 99® Tequila, Rio Bravo Beer, Crazy Pig Ale and Chili Devil Beer. The Company also markets Willie Nelson’s Old Whiskey River Bourbon, Olifant Vodka, receives a royalty for Kid Rock’s American Badass Beer and Damiana Mexican Liqueur, and owns and distributes Rheingold Beer.
Contact: Ted McDonnell at Liberty Lighthouse Group / Tequila Total website.
KAH Tequila ~ Agave 99 Tequila
Rheingold Beer ~ Rio Bravo Beer ~ Crazy Pig Ale ~ Chili Devil Beer
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Celebrated 200-Year-Old Boutique Distillery Ready to Shine with a Year of Promotions and Events
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Casa Noble Tequila is looking to 2012 as a year of new beginnings. With a series of promotions and events, the organic tequila company has set its eyes on new markets and campaigns for 2012. Casa Noble will see changes to its social media platforms including regular updates on the company’s Facebook and website, as well as the addition of a newsletter, previously reserved for the beverage industry, which will soon be available to fans who sign up at www.casanoble.com. Alongside these changes, Casa Noble will release a new ad campaign featuring the newest edition to the Casa Noble family, Carlos Santana. The Casa Noble mobile app – available on iPhone with the Android platform coming soon – will also get a face lift with the inclusion of cocktail recipes and featured dishes that pair with the tequila in new and innovative ways. Soon to be announced promotions around the United States will bring new eyes and fans to the long celebrated brand.
Casa Noble CEO Jose Hermosillo said, “Casa Noble has been growing exponentially, even in such a competitive market with the large multi-national companies that invest millions in advertising, and so many non-industry newcomers with deep pockets who have found the tequila business so appealing. I believe our commitment to quality and the attention to every detail is key to Casa Noble, which has made tequila fans and high quality spirit aficionados take notice.”
2011 proved to be a milestone year for Casa Noble when BusinessWeek, who previously named Casa Noble as one of the “World’s Best-Tasting Tequilas,” gave the brand’s Reposado top marks – 5/5 stars – in their December 2011 issue, putting it above all others in the taste test. Another highlight of 2011 was the addition of music icon Carlos Santana who joined the board and came on as one of the owners of the company. This exciting change to the organization allows Santana to be involved in the continued development of the brand which is already recognized as one of the finest handcrafted spirits in the world.
Hermosillo, commenting on the shared long-term commitment to the continued growth of the brand, said, “With Carlos becoming a part of the family last year, we see 2012 as a chance to position Casa Noble as the ultra-premium tequila of choice, we are very excited to see what is ahead.”
A renowned boutique distillery, Casa Noble represents the pride, passion, and quality commitment of more than 200 years and over 7 generations of tequila production. The Casa Noble family of Single Estate Organic tequilas — Crystal, Reposado, and Anejo — has a rich history that has earned them a position as one of the finest ultra premium spirits portfolios in the world. Casa Noble’s handcrafted tequilas are exported to over 23 countries worldwide and currently available in premium retail outlets, exclusive restaurants, distinguished bars and lounges and destination hotels Nationwide in the U.S.
Casa Noble is produced on a family owned distillery that can trace its roots back to 1776 along the hillsides of Jalisco, Mexico surrounded by citrus and mango trees, which are integral to the tequila’s unique taste profile. The tequila is harvested, distilled and bottled on the private family estate that boasts over 6,500 acres of land and more than one million blue agave plants.
Stay tuned for upcoming announcements of events and promotions over the next few months.
For more information, visit www.casanoble.com.