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Cantera Negra Añejo & Avo Cigars Ritmo Pairing

Another great night of enjoying yet again another amazing expression from my friends @canteranegratequila to help vibe out with.

Instead of a fantastic cocktail, I’m enjoying a clean pour of their absolutely delicious añejo paired with an Avo Cigars- Ritmo stick and some Phil Collins- Another Day In Paradise.

TLA MP Splash Cocktail with Cantera Negra Blanco

Oh how I love my Monday cocktails!  To kick off @canteranegratequila week here at TLA, I had to mix up what I’m dubbing….  TLA MP Splash cocktail!  To mix up this absolutely delectable creation you’re going to need the ingredients listed below: – 2oz @canteranegratequila Silver (because it’s so delicious and I believe you should always be able to…

TLA Tequila Battle- Extra Añejo

So no Fireside Chronicles tonight since our host @suburbanbourbondad is off handling business in NY and NJ so I decided to do something new….

TLA Business Spotlight- Yeyo Tequila

Had an absolutely amazing interview with @yeyotequila in which we discussed his vision and motivation for starting the brand. We got into what’s next for his brand, the process he has went through for finding the perfect expression, and more!!

Maestro Dobel Pavito

So earlier today I posted a picture of a shipment of tequila I received (that no one paid attention to) today in my story from our good friends at Proximo. I asked if anyone can guess what all bottles are in the box, of course no one cared to play along…

Broken English Taco Pub

So finally back on my search for the best taco and tequila bars/restaurants here in Chicago and this one did not disappoint!

TLA Top Shelf Show

Introducing the new show “TLA Top Shelf”starting Wednesday 7/7 at 8:00pm cst, Live from the private cigar lounge at TP Cigar Lounge! 

Lobos 1707 Paloma

Had a great time tonight taking finance and tequila with my brother @siplifevp. Enjoyed a @lobos1707 reposado paloma made with Squirt and Bai strawberry lemonade during the live paired with a @rockypatelcigar stick (not pictured here). 

Fireside Chronicles- Tromba Tasting

This show with our host @suburbanbourbondad features the biggest Peanut Gallery to date! We feature a @tequilatromba añejo tasting, go through several different crazy and serious topics, and I show everyone how to start a fire! 

Cava Antigua & Don Lino Africa Pairing

Tonight I have Cava Antigua añejo in my glass, puffing on a @miamicigarDon Lino Africa while kicking back to a mixture of Nirvana- Come As You Are, @skynyrd- Free Bird @richforever- Cigar music tracks as the sun sets. 

Tequila & A Story Featuring Smoke from T.P. Cigar Lounge

I’ll be doing a special in person Tequila & A Story live tonight at T.P. Cigar Lounge with the legendary Smoke at 7pm cst! Be prepared to gain a lot of cigar knowledge and potentially here about some crazy Bernie Mac stories as well! We’ll be sampling some @lotemaestrotequila extra añejo and pairing it with…

Grand Love Añejo & Nector Miranda Special Selection Pairing

Tonight I had to break out the @grandlovetequila añejo and pair it with a @nestormirandacigars Special Selection stick. Of course I had to throw on some music with this combo as well and @janisjoplin- Piece Of My Heart just seemed like the perfect cut to set the vibe right. 

Fireside Chronicles- EH Taylor

Finally back outside for the filming of Fireside Chronicles! In this episode, we feature EH Taylor and the 5 tequilas all bourbon lovers must try. Make sure to give it a watch!

The Bad Stuff Tequila & AJF Cigars Bellas Artes Pairing

I’m absolutely in love with this combo! The nice bold, strong flavors of this @ajfcigars Bellas Artes smoke combined with the beautiful, absolutely delicious pour of this @thebadstufftequila extra añejo was the perfect combo for celebrating finally being able to be back outside without freezing my nips off!

Fireside Chronicles- High Proof Bourbons & 5 Tequila Tastes Profiles

In this episode of Fireside Chronicles, we discuss Jason’s list of Top 5 High Proof Bourbons To Try article and my 5 Taste Profiles of Añejo Tequilas article. I also show my face for the first time on Fireside Chronicles! We get into a couple other topics, you’ll just have to watch and enjoy!

5 Tequilas All Bourbon Lovers Must Try

So since this blog does blend the worlds of tequila and bourbon lovers together, I figured it was only right that I come up with a list of tequilas all bourbon lovers must try ASAP! These tequilas are ones that our bourbon expert Jason and many other bourbon lovers we know have all tried and all immediately wanted another pour, or 5, of because they were just that delicious!

5 Main Tastes of Añejo Tequila

This taste category tends to be what most casual tequila lovers prefer overall once they really try what I would consider a real tequila. One more thing, if you’re a bourbon or whiskey lover, this is the tequila for you too!

5 HIGHER PROOF BOURBONS WORTH HUNTING FOR

Anyone who I’ve shared a pour with knows that the center of my whiskey world lies with the higher proof bourbons that have become so prevalent on the market. Almost every major brand has an expression labeled cask strength, barrel strength, barrel proof – if there’s a creative way to label a bourbon to call out its proof, it’s been done. As with my last column featuring five easy to find bourbons under $60, I will try to stay away from the allocated and ultra-rare bottles – Weller Full Proof, Blanton’s SFTB, EH Taylor Barrel Proof, and so on.

Tequila Ocho Añejo- Rum Cask Limited Edition

First and foremost, I love the unique taste the regular Tequila Ocho presents and how it creates a completely different class of tequila from the vast majority of all other tequilas! I’ll be doing a video and write up on the main distinct flavors I’ve found in tequila in short time, with Tequila Ocho highlighting this particular flavor category.

Top 5 Easy To Find Bourbons Under $60

Recently, Burks posted a list of his top 5 Anejo tequilas under $60. Check it out HERE if you haven’t seen it yet. Since I am TLA’s “Bourbon Guy”, and not to be outdone, I decided to create my own list.

Top 5 Anejos Under $60

Current top 5 anejos under $60. Make sure to check this list before making your next tequila purchase if you’re looking in this price range!

El Nacimiento & Joya Silver Cigar Pairing

Yesterday was an extremely stressful day, but happy I was able to end the night with El Nacimiento extra Anejo in my glass paired with a @joyacigars Silver stick while kicking back to some @skynyrd- Tuesday’s Gone.

Padre Azul & The Breaks Cigar Pairing

@padreazul.tequila anejo and @laverdadinc The Breaks Cigar to celebrate hitting the Instagram 3k followers mark with some @anderson._paak to set last night’s mood!

Match made in Heaven!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

First beer of the day to spark off this Covid altered Thanksgiving! @foundersbrewing Mosaic Promise is a perfect pairing with any one of your tequila choices.

Codigo 1530 George Strait Encore Edition

Perfect pour in my book! The amazing agave, the oak, the well balanced pepper! Wow! I could drink this all day and is a must that I keep on my bar at all times! I mean all the time!

Beginning of Tequila Lovers Anonymous

This all started off as a Facebook group meant for a group of my friends and I to start sharing the tequilas and whiskeys we loved to drink and wanted to recommend to each other. We had to do so via social media since we lived so far apart and couldn’t just walk over to each other’s homes to share a pour and good times with each other and our families. I also had to keep the group private because I would get fired if my company knew I was apart of such a group.

Popular Tequila vs Quality Tequila

All too often we mistake popular tequila for quality tequila and I’m writing this to change that! We always think that because everyone knows the name of the brand, everyone we know is drinking it, and because we’re hearing about the brand in songs or seeing it on shows that it’s the best tequila around, no.

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