Latin American spirits Archive

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 […]

Clase Azul Tequila in a Hand-Crafted Bottle

Usually when you hear premium tequila described as coming in “a beautiful bottle,” that bottle is usually glass. There are a few that are packaged in real Mexican pottery though and the Clase Azul packages are real works of art. Made by hand on a pottery wheel, fired, and hand-painted with fine glazes, these are […]

Casa Dragones Sipping Tequila

Often here on the Luxury Latin America blog we’ll review brands of tequila that taste like a high-end spirit but are priced at $40 a bottle or less. Casa Dragones is definitely not one of those. At a list price of $275, this is an ultra-premium tequila best given as a client gift or a […]

Tequila Clasico de Centinela Review

In our seemingly never-ending series of great bottles of tequila for surprisingly low prices, we present Clasico de Centinela reposado. It’s another great find in Mexico that won’t set you back very much for good quality. If you just look at the marketing, this feels like a brand at war with itself. The name, Clasico, […]

The Great Guelaguetza Festival in Oaxaca

If you happen to be planning a summer trip to Oaxaca for next year, you might as well go all out and hit the Guelaguetza Festival at the end of July. Held each year in the colonial capital city, the centerpiece is a spectacular dance performance in an outdoor amphitheater that features colorful dances from […]