Pricey mezcal steals hipster crown

There are those who cringe at the mention of tequila, their memories of poor choices and nasty hangovers still too raw. But more people than ever are forming fresh, enjoyable memories of it: in the past decade, tequila has reigned as one of the fastest-growing categories in the spirits world. Luxury brands have helped change […]

Tequila Takes a Shot at the Premium Market

A heady caramel smell, syrupy and fragrant, pervades the air. What look like giant white pine cones, some twice the size of a human head, are deftly split, quartered and packed into ovens. What’s cooking? One of the world’s most popular drinks. Despite rising global demand for spirits last year, vodka and brandy sales fell […]

Opposition to NOM 199 for Agave Distillates

Add your voice to the opposition of NOM 199 by researchers, academics and traditional producers of agave spirits in Mexico! Sign the petition below   When we at TIP hear of proposed Mexican legislation regarding agave spirits, naturally our collective ears perk up. If such legislation threatens to harm entire categories of traditional agave distilling, […]

How Spirits from Sinaloa Mexico ended up in Minnesota

Reven Stephens spent the Saturday before the Super Bowl at a Minneapolis liquor store, offering shoppers samples of a liquor they were unfamiliar with — from a distiller they’d never heard of. “Blue agave spirits” looks and tastes like high-end tequila, mostly because that’s what it is. But Mexican law restricts use of that name […]

Proposed Regulations in Mexico Threaten Artisanal Blue Agave Spirits.

New Proposed Regulations In Mexico Threaten Small Producers Of Artisanal Agave Spirits. Much like how the farm-to-table movement in restaurants has placed the source of the food on your plate front and center, the Mexican agave artisanal spirits movement is highlighting each element that goes into a glass, from the cultivation of the plant and […]

Global Tequila Sales to Exceed 9 Billion Dollars.

Global Tequila Sales According to the latest market research study released by Technavio, the global tequila market is expected to exceed USD 9 billion by 2019, growing at a CAGR of over 3% during the forecast period.   Tequila is a high-quality, premium, artisanal spirit that can be consumed on its own or mixed into cocktails. Tequila production […]

The Top Health Benefits of the Blue Agave Plant

The Blue Agave Plant and its Health Benefits Its not new news that agave nectar (agave syrup) may be a better alternative to sugar. Agave nectar is a natural sweetener, much like honey, which is derived from numerous varieties of the blue agave plant – the same plant that is used in making tequila. Agave […]

Spirits Trends in 2016 – Are you drinking correctly?

The best cocktail and spirits trends for 2016 What are the newest spirit trends for 2016? Many seem to have an opinion. We’ve summarized the thoughts of a few key bloggers to help aid you in your cocktail crafting as you venture deeper into the new year. Adam Morganstern, a regular contributor to […]

The Culture of Drinking Spirits

Spirits are taking over Not the scary ones in your basement, but the good ones that we lock up in hutches and curio cabinets. The art of drinking has been around since the beginning of time. Many a young man has envisioned himself, martini in hand, top hat and suit, with a lifestyle to boot. […]

Tequila Makes Me Crazy! The Different Effects that Liquor Has On Us.

Liquor and its effect on us. So… does Tequila make us crazy? According to some studies out there, a nearly perfect percentage of adults (children weren’t surveyed) believe that the type of spirits they consume causes them to behave in different ways, whether it be vodka, gin, whiskey, scotch, blue agave spirits etc, with tequila having the […]