Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Friday, December 31, 2010
E.T. Honored by Tequila Regulatory Council
Mexico’s Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT), the independent authority that oversees all tequila production, created the Double-T certification to promote tequila knowledge, regional culture, environmental sustainability, just economic development and quality customer service in the Tequila region.
Despite the challenge posed by our US location, we worked with the CRT in installments while in Mexico, and remotely while in the US to demonstrate our knowledge of tequila production and the Official Tequila Norms, regional culture and history and our commitment to the “best practices” of the Ruta de Tequila (Tequila Trail).
Our new TT-certification makes us official partners with other vendors on the Tequila Trail, and expands the services and activities we can provide our guests, including horseback riding, mountain biking, rappelling and mountaineering; all in the picturesque agave countryside, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Our preferred status also means we can pass on even greater savings to our guests. We are currently booking private groups as well as package tours for early 2011, including our basic “Welcome to Tequila” tour, a traditional Mexican St. Patrick’s Day tequila tour and a tour that includes the Highlands tequila region. ¡Salud!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Portland Tequila Tasting Club receives backing from Mexican Tequila Academy
The Club will host an informal meet and greet on Tuesday August 4, 7:00pm, at Trébol restaurant in North Portland. Attendees will taste and discuss a couple of tequilas and have the opportunity to offer ideas for future Club events as well as pick the brains of longtime local tequila aficionados.
Club membership is currently free and open to anyone of legal drinking age. There is no fee to attend the event, and each attendee will pay their own bar tab. The food is excellent at Trébol, so you may want to come early for dinner.
Stay tuned here for exciting opportunities that our collaboration with the AMT will bring. Salud!
Monday, May 24, 2010
Tequila Fortaleza Dinner with Guillermo Sauza
Please join Experience Tequila for great food, exquisite tequila and the rare opportunity to meet a living legend of tequila.
Tequila Fortaleza (known as "Los Abuelos" in Mexico) is one of the most revered tequilas amongst aficionados. It is the most traditionally-made tequila money can buy, and only 4,000 cases a year are produced.
Fortaleza has been a featured distillery of Experience Tequila trips from the beginning, and we are excited to host owner and distiller Guillermo Erickson Sauza on his first official visit to Oregon. Guillermo's great-great grandfather, Don Cenobio, founded Tequila Sauza and brought Mexico's traditional liquor to the world. Today, Guillermo uses the old methods to produce an exceptionally flavorful, smooth and authentic tequila.
We will enjoy all three ages of Fortaleza (blanco, reposado and añejo) paired with 3 courses of Cha's delightful Northwest-inspired Mexican food.
This private event will sell out, and advance payment is required. The $70 fee includes gratuity. Don't miss this opportunity - reserve today! Call 503-841-1739 for more details.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Private tours of Tequila Country
At La Fortaleza, an extremely traditional distillery where they produce only 4,000 cases a year, we had the rare opportunity to see the fábrica at work. In the picture, you can see workers painstakingly seperating the agave fiber from fresh "honey water " ground from the roast agave by the one-ton volcanic-stone grinding wheel. What can´t be photographed is the magic of a private tasting of this excellent tequila in the estate´s candlelit caves.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Añejo Tasting Lineup
As to the juice itself- wow! I have to limit myself to a rundown of the names, because I am frantically preparing for seven weeks of tequila tours that begin tomorrow. Tough life, I know!
From left to right we have: Los Abuelos añejo, Tonalá 4-year añejo (not all 4 years are in the same barrel! Hence, an añejo. Took me a bit to figure that one out.), Don Julio 1942 añejo, Gran Centenario añejo, Herradura Selección Suprema extra-añejo and El Tesoro Paradiso extra-añejo.
Extra special thanks to Hoke Harden of Elixir Vitae, Patrick P., April S., Ingrid and everyone at Cha Taquería for making this the memorbale event that it was.
Stay tuned here, as well as on Facebook and on Twitter for real-time updates from Tequila Country. We will resume our tastings in May. ¡Salud!
Monday, February 15, 2010
By Popular Demand: All-Añejo Tasting February 24
Wednesday February 24, 8:00pm at Cha Taqueria in Northwest Portland (305 NW 21st Ave).
Añejos, considered by many to be the upper echelon of fine sipping tequilas, are aged in wood for over one year. This makes them complex, mellow spirits that stand up against world-class Scotches and brandies.
Añejo tequila is an ideal winter spirit, often featuring strong notes of vanilla, nuts and spices.
The tasting will be led by Experience Tequila owner Clayton Szczech, who spends several months each year doing research in Mexico's tequila country. Clayton will explain where each tequila is from, unique features of its production and be available to answer any questions you have about añejos, or tequila in general.
This flight of four tequilas will feature some ultra-premium and hard-to-find brands, and seating is limited. The cost is $40/person and advance payment is required. Light snacks will be provided by Cha Taquería.
Questions? Call 503-841-1739.