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.
Had the great pleasure of speaking with @canteranegratequila Master Blender about everything @canteranegratequila and what makes this tequila so amazing!
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…
So no Fireside Chronicles tonight since our host @suburbanbourbondad is off handling business in NY and NJ so I decided to do something new….
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!!
Truly excised about this one! Today we have @saludtime joining the show from @codigo1530 talking tequila, cigars, bourbon, and everything
No TLA Top Shelf tomorrow so decided to pop open this @driftlessglen rye Kenwood Liqour store quick for a bourbon review as a change of pace!
Can’t wait till I fully get my taste back so I can truly enjoy these 4 pours!
Yeah, I know I just posted about this exact line up….
But damnit, this @josecuervotequilaReserva De La Familia extra añejo is just too damn good to not pour up and kick back with a glass on this beautiful Chicago night!!
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…
So finally back on my search for the best taco and tequila bars/restaurants here in Chicago and this one did not disappoint!
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!
I’m officially back! No Fireside Chronicles tonight, but I’m finally back to bringing y’all some amazing pairings!
Back again with our host @suburbanbourbondad !
Quick update on the potential upcoming tequila tasting events coming down the pipeline along with the subscriber list that will soon be available on tequilala27.com.
Had to break out the @jackdaniels_us@binnysbev Select and pair it with this @plasenciacigars 146 Cosecha tonight.
Finally pulled the trigger on my copper cups to mix up some mules in!
I know it’s an extremely late post, but want to make sure to post just a few of the photos from this Sunday’s event!
First and foremost, Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing fathers on the TLA team and all the other amazing fathers out there as well!
So finally posting about this delicious pour!
Coming soon! The @kenwoodliquors store pick of @maestrodobelmexico añejo chosen by your’s truly!!
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).
Make sure to catch @siplifevp live tomorrow featuring Your’s truly!
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!
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.
In this episode we chill with the Smoke Father aka Smoke. We talk about the cigar scene in Chicago, Bernie Mac, fatherhood, and more.
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…
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.
To all my whiskey friends out there, @unclenearest has officially made it to the bar!
This smoke is nice and smooth, easy smoke, not heavy at all, just tasty tobacco that blends perfectly with the nice kick this rum & cognac cask aged blend gives you.
In this Table Bottle Tuesday, I’m reviewing Tonala Tequila añejo blend paired with a Schizo cigar. Give it a watch to see my thoughts!
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!
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!
In this Table Bottle Tuesday, I review the reposado of The Bad Stuff Tequila. You must give it a watch to get my thoughts on this amazing brand!
Happy National Margarita Day everyone!! Love this holiday! Perfect excuse to sip on a Monday!!!
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!
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!
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!
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.
In this episode, we discuss our top 5 list available at the website and more! Make sure to give it a watch!
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.
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.
I only paid $45 for the bottle, but….
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!
Immediately one of my all time favorites!
Watch to get a review of Bardstown Bourbon new releases, my Casamigos cocktail submission, and our discussion on mental health during covid and properly coping with ,mental issues.
New designs and apparel in the TLA Apparel Shop
Who sets the oven this way?
Does this make me an alcoholic, VIP client, or a little bit of both?
Tuesday’s review of George Clooney’s Casamigos Anejo
Casamigos Anejo will be the feature for this week’s TBT
List of tequilas I’m looking forward to trying in the hopefully near future.
The latest Fireside Chronicles recording featuring Smoke Wagon Bourbon & Mi Familia Flores Extra Anejo
What ranking will this receive?
Old Forester 150th anniversary & more. RIP Hammerin Hank!
Trash, table bottle, or corker?
1974 Jose Cuervo Blanco paired with an AJF cigar
Yeah, I said it. Fuck fear and the dark horse it road in on!
Lebron the GOAT. POINT, BLANK, PERIOD.
What’s your vote?
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.
In this episode, we discuss the new Woodford Reserve release, Santo’s reposado, and more.
Villa Lobos anejo in my glass, puffing on a CAO Session cigar, vibing to Drake and Future, Life Is Good!
@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!
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.
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!
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In this Tequila Talk I review Epifania Azul anejo. This is an absolutely amazing pour that I highly recommend to everyone! In my top 10 for sure!
In our premier episode of Hustler’s Mentality, I sit down with Steve and Al, the owners of Laverdad Inc and The Breaks Cigars. We discuss business, family, life, music, and more.
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.
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.