Latin American spirits Archive

Maestro Taquilero Tequila From Cuervo

“They make that brand too?” It’s a common refrain in the gift shop of the Jose Cuervo distillery in the town of Tequila. The world’s biggest producer of the spirit is known for its worst brand, but it also produced 1800, Centenario, Reserva de la Familia, and now Maestro Tequilero. From my sampling from three […]

Great Tequila in a Work of Art: Reserva de la Familia

For most people the particular spirit they like best is a matter of taste, but if you gathered around a couple dozen tequila fans and asked them for their favorites, Reserva de la Familia would get mentioned more often than not. It’s rare to see a top-10 list that doesn’t have this one on there […]

Taking a Road Trip Through Central Jalisco

We write a lot about high-end tours on this luxury travel blog, but sometimes you want to hit the road in your own vehicle and have complete control over your schedule. During a recent school break I tossed the luggage and my two family members into a nice Nissan rental car from Alamo that had […]

A Mezcal Brand for People Who Don’t Love Mezcal

Have you given up on finding a mezcal you can drink straight—on purpose? For pleasure? Try this Mezcal Viejo Indecente one before you write the whole line of spirits off for good. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not exactly a big fan of mezcal. Not for lack of trying. I’ve had my fair share of […]

To Tequila in Style on the Jose Cuervo Express

There are two train companies running round trips out to the countryside where tequila is made. The Jose Cuervo Express one is more luxurious and goes to the namesake town itself, where you tour the famous distillery. This past holiday season I spent a week driving a rental car from Alamo around the state of […]

A Crash Course in Fine Guatemalan Rum

Ask a dozen  rum connoisseurs what the “best rum in the world” is and you’ll probably get at least half a dozen different answers. You might just find one name edging out the others though and it’s not from anywhere in the Caribbean. Ron Zacapa from Guatemala gets tagged with the title a lot. I’ll […]