Taste Over 60 of the World's Most Remarkable Tequilas and Mezcals

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Taste over 60 of the world’s most remarkable Top Shelf brands, some rare, some retailing at $400+, some priceless. The oldest consumed distilled spirits in North America--Tequila, Mezcal and more—await your sipping pleasure at The Spirits of Mexico, celebrating the 185th Anniversary of Mexican Independence, Saturday September 16, downtown at the San Diego Wine & Culinary Center.

The oldest consumed distilled spirits in North America--Tequila, Mezcal and more—await your sipping pleasure at The Spirits of Mexico, celebrating the 185th Anniversary of Mexican Independence, Saturday September 16, downtown at the San Diego Wine & Culinary Center.

From Greek meaning ‘noble,’ the agave has been cultivated in Mexico for more than 9,000 years. Only for the past 500 years has this succulent been used to make Mezcal, Tequila and other fine spirits. We are thankful of that development.

Partial tasting notes for some of our participating brands are below, with more complete notes at the Polished Palate website. Sample freely and submit your own tasting notes on these and other fine agave spirits to us. We welcome your comments.

Chaya Blanco “Kudos to Chaya on the great bottle design and the nice Blanco inside” (PocoTequila.com) Corazon Anejo “finishes effortlessly with a touch of sweet, American oak spice…this is beautifully balanced and made for slow contemplative sipping” (Beverage Testing Institute rated 96 out of 100) =Don Eduardo Silver was awarded ‘Best in Class’, 2005 (International Wine & Spirits Competition). El Agave Reserva Especial Anejo is the maximum expression of the El Agave Artesanal family of tequilas.

El Duende De Don Felipe 3 Year Anejo “Hunt down this three-year old Reserva Anejo and don’t share it with your in-laws.” (Robert Plotkin, Cheers, 2005) El Tesoro De Don Felipe Reposado took home the Double Gold award at the 2004 International Wine & Spirits Competition. 4 Copas Blanco is considered the ‘pure spirit’ by connoisseurs for its fresh, cooked-agave taste.

Gran Centerario Anejo “…this is undoubtedly a great tequila at an excellent price for a product of such quality.” (Rated 94 by the Beverage Testing Institute) Herradura Anejo is rated 1 of the Top 100 Spirits in the World by F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal. Oro Azul Reposado “A sassy, brawny reposado,” rated 93 by the Beverage Testing Institute.

Para Mi Blanco refuses to add artificial additives representing the purest and truest tequila, just like those that the citizens of Mexico have been enjoying for years. Partida The entire line of Partida products (Blanco, Reposado & Anejo) was awarded 5 out of 5 stars by F. Paul Pacult of Spirit Journal, the first time an entire line of products was awarded with this distinction.

We welcome the entire family of Sauza products including Blanco, Gold, Hornitos, Conmemorativo, Hacienda, and, Tres Generaciones Plata, Resposado & Anejo. Tres Generaciones Reposado is the Sauza family’s newest member. Made of 100% hand-picked, pure blue weber agave, it is rested for 3 months exclusively in double-treated American Oak barrels. Terressentia Product launch at event.

Scorpion Mezcal was awarded a Platinum Medal and a 96 rating from the Beverage Testing Institute. Named one of the Top 50 Spirits in the World by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Sip your favorite agave spirit with sangrita! Move over Mojitos! Here comes The Paloma! Enjoy your favorite tequila and mezcal in these wildly popular cocktail sensations of Mexico.

THE PALOMA (from Cocktail Times)

2 oz. Tequila

1 oz. Grapefruit Soda

1/2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice


Build over ice in a tall (Collins or Hurricane) glass with a salted rim. Garnish with a lime wedge.

SANGRITA RECIPE (from Barbara Sweetman of Scorpion Mezcal)

1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

4 tsp. Grenadine syrup

1/4 cup tomato juice

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

1/2 tsp. or more salsa picante or bottled hot sauce

1/4 tsp. salt in a bottle or pitcher

Mix together all the sangrita ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour, allowing the flavors to meld. NOTE: sangrita is often served in a separate glass alongside a straight shot of Mezcal (or with your favorite Tequila)

The Spirits of Mexico event begins at 4PM; Ends at 9PM

Bid on highly prized Tequila and Mezcal, some rare collectible bottlings, at our Silent Auction, which will 100% benefit the Sky Ranch Foundation.

Tasting Seminars will be conducted by Phillip Soto Mares, Catador Oficial de La Academia Mexicana del Tequila, A.C. & President of Duende, LLC, and Sofia Partida of Partida Tequila.

Beverage Specialist Jacques Bezuindenhout of Tres Agaves & Harry Denton’s Starlight Room in San Francisco, President of the San Francisco chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild and noted contributor to The SF Chronicle, the LA Times, 7X7 Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, Sante', Cheers Magazine, the Fine Living Network, Food Network & Channel 4 News will conduct a seminar along with Marco Dionysos, on Tequila, Mezcal and Mixology, courtesy of the Museum of the American Cocktail.

Take a break at our non-spirits station, hosted by Cocktail Times.

!Goody Bags filled to the brim, Tasting Glasses and more await you!

VIP Admission 4PM

Scorpion (Mezcal) T-Shirt to first 100 VIP Ticket Holders

General Admission 5PM

Event ends at 9PM

Tickets can be purchased at polishedpalate.com

Please Polish Your Palate Responsibly

¼ oz. Samples Permitted Only

Must be 21 or over to participate

Photo I.D. Required

Thanks to our Sponsors and Supporters

Cocktail Times


Imbibe Magazine


Museum of the American Cocktail

Phillip Soto Mares, Catador

Poco Tequila

Sky Ranch Foundation

Sofia Partida, Partida Tequila

Jacques Bezuindenhout

Marco Dionysos

Roxi Spice

Contact Dori Bryant of the Polished Palate LLC for more information


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