The Añejo Way of Life With Señor Rio Tequila and Cigars

I admit, I have a soft spot for Señor Rio tequila. Sure, it’s produced at the famed La Cofradía distillery (NOM 1137), where its flagship tequila, Casa Noble, grabs all […]

Rereleased: Vinazas: The Tequila Industry’s Dirty Little Secret

Vinazas: The Tequila Industry’s Dirty Little Secret: A Responsible Consumer’s Guide to Finding the Best Tequilas to Purchase and Drink From August 2 to August 6, 2008, I was invited […]

The Tequila Sensei Comes Clean

For the past 6 years, Lisa Pietsch and I have worked hard on Tequila Aficionado Media. Once we came up for air, we realized that we had developed a certain […]

New Release: The Big Business of Kosher Tequila

Not all tequilas are created equal. An urgent text message about Kosher tequilas from an agave beverage manager at a thriving new bar in New York City, and the resulting […]

Pairing La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Cigars with Tequila

The Challenge The fine folks at Holt’s Cigar Company asked me to help them out with a project– To pair a puro from their vast selection of cigars with certain […]

Today, I Declare My Independence Day!

This sweltering Fourth of July afternoon, I took some time away from my duties at Tequila Aficionado Media to sit outside on our modest patio to enjoy a full bodied […]

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Quoted in: Tequila is being distilled in the shadow of organized crime by Duncan Tucker

When the violence in Mexico’s tequila-producing region was nearing its peak, distillery owner Felipe Camarena awoke one night at his home in the town of Arandas to the sound of […]

How Your Favorite Periodicals Perpetuate Tequila Myths

Editors of major men’s magazines still insist that their audience only shoots tequila. Click To Tweet One Day, At Band Camp… Recently, myself, and a few select others in this tightly […]

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The Way of the Tequila Warrior

(With a nod to Dan Millman) On September 23, 2012, my father, Miguel A. Morales, passed away in our family home in Southern California.  It was the first time anyone […]

Are Tequila Drinkers Killing the Environment?

In 2008, the tequila industry produced 310 million liters of tequila.  For every liter of tequila distilled, 10 liters of vinazas (wastewater) is produced.  In 2008, over 2.5 billion liters […]