Aging of Tequila -  Barrel Techniques,  Additives,  Additive-Free Brands, And A Few Other Things To Know

Aging of Tequila - Barrel Techniques, Additives, Additive-Free Brands, And A Few Other Things To Know

I can understand that some people can't take the power, rawness or the taste of clear blanco tequila. Well..... not really but anyway, for them there are aged tequilas that have different taste profiles and are smoother, more flavorful and sweeter, with less harshness. The alcohol burn normally mellows in

Fermentation to Distillation... Steps to make Tequila

Fermentation to Distillation... Steps to make Tequila

Here is a SIMPLE DESCRIPTION OF THE FERMENTATION TO DISTILLATION STAGE for making Tequila: After steaming (cooking) the pinas, generally by horno (oven) or autoclave (stainless steel oven), inulin carbs transform into fructose. The next step is milling, to squeeze and shred the cooked pinas to get some juice to

Agave Pina Cooking Methods (Tequila) ..... Including Diffuser

Agave Pina Cooking Methods (Tequila) ..... Including Diffuser

Sometimes a tequila expert, can actually tell how the pina (heart of the blue agave) was cooked. It's not always easy to do, but the cooking procedure is actually quite important. Cooking is the first procedure after harvesting, and cutting the pinas, and this important step transforms the agave’s

Tequila Regions - Highlands (Los Altos) & Lowlands (El Valle) - WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?

Tequila Regions - Highlands (Los Altos) & Lowlands (El Valle) - WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?

The more you taste different tequilas, the more you will realize that the two main regions that Tequila is grown and produced (mostly all in the state of Jalisco) taste different. Agave plants nurtured in the Los Altos (highlands area) have mostly red clay soil and higher elevations that produce

Tasting Tequila & Learning -  For Beginners

Tasting Tequila & Learning - For Beginners

For those of you beginning your journey into tequila and other agave spirits, let me say a few things. YOUR TASTES WILL CHANGE. When I started out tasting tequilas (blancos), one after another, I would take notes. I told a friend- I didn't like this one, or that one, because

Lou's Favorite Extra Anejos - Blind Taste Comparison Of 18 Extra Anejos

Lou's Favorite Extra Anejos - Blind Taste Comparison Of 18 Extra Anejos

I did a blind taste comparison and rating of 18 of My Extra Anejos, to see where they stand against each other, and how high they rate on their own. This is MY preference, using Aroma, Taste, Complexity, Enjoyability, Smoothness and Drinkability as factors. I devised a simple "Smoothness/Drinkability"

Glassware - Choose Your Weapon!

Glassware - Choose Your Weapon!

GLASSWARE- (L to R) - Canadian Glencairn whiskey glass, Glencairn whiskey glass, Riedel Ouverture Tequila Glass, medium mini-snifter and a Neat Glass. Using the proper glassware is very important. I prefer Reidel for almost ALL my tequila expressions, except maybe Extra Anejos. The Reidel Overture glass was actually invented for

LONG ISLAND LOU'S FROZEN MARGARITA  -   ABSOLUTELY AMAZING

LONG ISLAND LOU'S FROZEN MARGARITA - ABSOLUTELY AMAZING

Ready for a simple, more natural, easy to make frozen margarita? It is NOT overly sweet, and simply DELICIOUS. It's Long Island Lou's Frozen Margarita (Tommy's version). No Margarita powder or liquid mixes needed. None of that green, strawberry, overly sweet, chemically flavored and colored nonsense here. This is more

LONG ISLAND LOU REVIEWS NOW FEATURED IN MR. LATINO MAGAZINE

LONG ISLAND LOU REVIEWS NOW FEATURED IN MR. LATINO MAGAZINE

MY FIRST INTERVIEW AND PROFILE FOR MR. LATINO MAGAZINE- It's being announced today, that some of my articles and reviews will be appearing in the Mr. Latino New York City Online Magazine- SEE MY INTERVIEW HERE- http://www.mrlatinomagazine.com/ntl/index.php/tequila-mezcal/people-in-tequila-mezcal/item/216-people-in-tequila-mezcal-lou-caruso-of-longislandloutequila-com It's an honor

Signed Carlos Camerena Bottle

Signed Carlos Camerena Bottle

This will surely be one of my prized possessions from one of the greatest master distillers and tequila makers in history. Everyone knows the name Carlos Camarena, and I am honored. I thank you again Carlos and the Agave Idiots for hosting the event, although I was not able to

ARTISANAL TEQUILA

ARTISANAL TEQUILA

Get ready for "artisanal" tequila. Here is a nice article. More tequila brands are starting to adopt artisanal (a.k.a. "ancient") production methods, and the difference in taste is dramatic. (calgaryherald.com) READ MY COMMENT AT THE END OF THIS GOOD ARTICLE OR IN THE COMMENTS BELOW. -Kudos to

The History Behind Tequila and Bats!

The History Behind Tequila and Bats!

TEQUILA AND BATS - You've heard all the stories and may have seen the recent onslaught of documentaries. It sounds very romantic, doesn't it? That without Bats pollinating agave plants, there would be No Tequila. Well.....I'm not going to say that this doesn't happen in the wild or that

LOU'S BEST BLANCO BRANDS UNDER $25

LOU'S BEST BLANCO BRANDS UNDER $25

How about some GREAT BLANCO VALUE BRANDS - Let's say about $25 a bottle or Less. These CAN be sipped, and are 100% Agave. There are other smaller, lesser known brands, but these are names people know and can easily buy. Although they can be sipped..... THESE ARE PERFECT FOR

LOU'S  BEST  BLANCO  BRANDS

LOU'S BEST BLANCO BRANDS

Lately I have been getting asked, what brands to buy. Obviously I don't list brands I have not tasted and rated. ** THESE CAN ALL BE SIPPED ** THESE ARE MY FAVORITE TOP BLANCOS- (Not in exact order- but pretty close) Fortaleza Terralta Siete Leguas Pasote G4 T1 Selecto (43%) Tequila Caballito

David Suro's Siembra Azul and Siembra Valles- Two Blancos from Two Terroirs

David Suro's Siembra Azul and Siembra Valles- Two Blancos from Two Terroirs

David Suro's Siembra Azul, is made at NOM 1414 in the high plateau of Los Altos (highlands), at the Feliciano Vivanco distillery, but his Siembra Valles is made at NOM 1123, in the Arenal region, in El Valle (lowlands). All of David Suro's products are made under the name 'Siembra

JLP Golden Lime Ready To Drink Margarita-  Very tasty- Perfect for the beach

JLP Golden Lime Ready To Drink Margarita- Very tasty- Perfect for the beach

I'm very excited to talk about a product that Javier Martinez has created. Javier is the owner and founder of JLP Tequila. He produces at NOM 1416 in Jesus Maria, Jalisco. He's also an importer out of Oceanside California. JLP Tequila is horno cooked for 72 hours, he uses his

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