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Viva Tequila Mexican Experience Tour

Atlanta’s Viva Tequila Festival was honored at this year’s TASTE AWARDS (aka, the TASTY Awards). Often called the “Oscars of Food, Fashion and Lifestyle Media,” this edition of the Taste Awards highlighted Viva Tequila Mexico Experience under the category of OUTSTANDING CULINARY & TRAVEL EXPERIENCE. This year, as for many awards shows, the Taste Awards had a virtual broadcast that reached viewers across the globe, from Japan and South Africa to England, Poland and Italy, and from New Zealand to Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.

Hosted by wine, beer and spirits purveyor Juan Bonilla, dubbed “Mr. Tequila,” the Viva Tequila Festival Mexico Experience tour takes participants on an exclusive trip down the historic timeline of Mexico’s Tequila Trail, providing in-depth understanding of the different regions that cultivate Tequila, the history of this iconic Mexican spirit and its importance in local, national and international economies.

The Viva Tequila Festival Mexico Experience tour visits several cities, including Tlaquepaque, Tequila, Atotonilco and Guadalajara to provide a local perspective of the manufacturing of Tequila. Participants are able to mingle with locals and admire and shop for unique Mexican works of art, both folk and fine, all while sipping limited edition craft Tequilas from distilleries that embody traditional to modern styles of manufacturing. Highlights includes visits to the Fortaleza and Don Nacho craft distilleries as well as hacienda of José Cuervo, where participants bottle their own Reserva de la Familia, and enjoy a tasting in the property’s private cellar and then dinner at the Tienda de Raya, both opened exclusively for Viva Tequila Festival.

Tour participants are treated to stays in centuries-old haciendas that were once home to some of Mexico’s wealthiest people. They can enjoy a morning horseback ride at the historic, 17th century Hacienda Labor de Rivera or disconnect and relax with a spa treatment at Hacienda El Carmen Hotel & Spa.

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Rex Rye Whiskey – Royalty Spirits – available for preorder

Rex Rye Whiskey is artfully aged in charred bordeaux and burgundy wine barrels from the Pacific Northwest. Its caramel color and vanilla essence will overload your tasting experience with a rich, smooth finish! Rex identifies as Luxury Whiskey.

“Chaunci Kin founded Royalty Spirits in 2014, in the heart of Portland Oregon. Chaunci is the first African American woman liquor owner in the Pacific Northwest, debuting Miru 80 Proof Pear Vodka, followed by Miru classic (non flavored) vodka and Rex whiskey. To follow suit with our luxury brand, It was only right to produce a line of Royalty Spirits CBD Infused Premium Mixers.

“Our products identify as luxury vodkas, whiskey and mixers.

“Our mission is to continue producing products of rich taste, high quality and longevity.”

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Izo Sotol – a Step Between Tequila and Mezcal

A Step Between Tequila and Mezcal, Award-Winning IZO Spirits Introduces a Pure-Distilled Sotol 15 Years in the Making

Part of a sustainably-crafted collection, the earthy flavor of IZO Sotol adds a rich depth to fan-favorite cocktails and a subtle smokiness perfect for sipping

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (June 3rd, 2020): A step between Tequila and Mezcal, experience the rich, earthy notes of Sotol – a pure-distilled spirit 15 years in the making – from award-winning IZO Spirits. Founded by Mexico native Gaston Martinez, IZO offers premium, flavorful spirits produced sustainably right in the heart of rural Durango, according to centuries of tradition. Now, released as part of the complete IZO collection, Sotol adds a rich depth to fan-favorite cocktails and offers a subtle smokiness perfect for sipping.

“This is the only IZO spirit not made from agave,” explains Martinez. “But you simply can’t have a true Mexican-inspired collection without the depth and light sweetness of traditional Sotol.”

Named for the round-shaped root of the silver-blue plant from which it is made, IZO Sotol comes from the Desert Spoon found among the high desert landscape of Northern Mexico. While agave matures at roughly eight years, flowering only once and producing around five bottles of Tequila per plant, the Desert Spoon blooms every few years of its 15-year lifespan and produces just one precious bottle of Sotol. At maturity, relying on a similar process to Mezcal, the IZO Jimadores remove the outer leaves, and extract the piña (or “heart”), which is then slow cooked in a lava lined pit, fired by hand selected local Oak. The juice is then fermented and distilled twice to produce a clean, smooth Sotol from start to finish.

Considered the official drink of Chihuahua, Coahuila, and Martinez’s own home town of Durango, Sotol is best enjoyed by the sip to experience its full flavor. It can also be used in place of Tequila for a sophisticated twist on a variety of cocktails. Try it in a refreshingly simple Sotol and Sage – an upgrade on the classic summer Mojito:

● 1 oz lime juice

● ½ oz agave nectar

● 2 oz IZO Sotol

● 2-4 oz soda water

● 5-10 fresh Sage leaves

Muddle lime juice and Sage leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, the agave nectar, IZO Sotol, and soda water. Shake gently to combine, then strain over a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with a spritz of soda water, garnish with a Sage leaf and enjoy.

Explore the clean taste of traditional IZO Sotol, along with a full collection of IZO agave spirits – including Mezcal Joven, Mezcal Ensamble, Mezcal Reposado, Mezcal Añejo, and Tequila Extra Añejo Cristalino – at IZOMezcal.com. Taste the proud tradition of agave spirits sustainably distilled “from ground to glass,” ensuring consistent, perfectly-balanced flavor. Discover the rich history behind the full-bodied IZO Agave Spirits collection, along with refreshing cocktail recipes, at www.IZOMezcal.com.

About IZO Agave Spirits:

Founded by Gaston Martinez – a native of Durango, Mexico – IZO is a collection of premium, handcrafted agave spirits produced sustainably right in the heart of his rural hometown according to centuries of tradition. Made sustainably from slow-roasted, wild agave hearts harvested on local ranches, every sip of award-winning IZO Mezcal speaks to generations of Mezcaleros bringing people together around shared values of community, celebration, and savoring the reward of a job well done. Every aspect of IZO pays respect to its point of origin, from the locally-sourced Onyx featured atop the bottle to the elegant, minimalist label and bottle design that allows the flavorful spirit within to shine. The pure, sophisticated taste of IZO Mezcal tells the story of centuries’ old Mexican tradition and of one man’s vision to share it with the world.

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Neft Vodka

NEFT Vodka, an ultra-premium vodka with a taste as memorable as its container – a portable, unbreakable barrel – that keeps NEFT cold for up to 6 hours.

Crafted in the Alps of Austria for its oxygen-rich spring water, NEFT combines four different types of non-GMO ancient rye grains – Rapidly, Amato, Pollino, and Askari – and is distilled three times in a copper-pot still using carbon layer filtering. NEFT has received a 98 point rating from the Tasting Panel, a 92 point rating and Gold Medal from the Beverage Tasting Institute, was just named one of the “Top 20 Vodka Brands of 2020” by VinePair, and is a two-time Double gold medal winner as well as Best Vodka winner at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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Bently Heritage – Juniper Grove Alpine Gin

Bently Heritage Estate Distillery has just released a limited edition variant of their Juniper Grove Gin – Alpine Gin, made from pinion cones foraged from nearby the distillery.

To celebrate its release, Bently Heritage Estate Distillery hosted a Release Event on Friday, December 20th, at their Public House in Minden, NV. Lucas Huff, Director of Mixology, stirred bespoke cocktails for this event featuring the limited-edition Alpine Gin. Proprietor Christopher Bently attended this special event, and joined by Master Distiller John Jeffrey, who spoke about “How Alpine is a true expression of the Carson Valley.” This limited edition Gin is only available at the Public House at Bently Heritage Estate Distillery until the production runs out.

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