Tahona-ground blancos- tequila review (episode 110)

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EVERYBODY must get STONED! Turn your tequila clock back a hundred years or more and you’d find that all of the distilleries in Mexico were using a giant volcanic grinding stone (the TAHONA) to extract the juice from their cooked agave plants. Fast forward to the present day and you’ll find that less than 1% of the distilleries are still producing their tequila using this age old technique. But does it make any difference to the TASTE? Join Lippy & “Senior” Rick Mendell as they BLIND TASTE 8 (!) blancos which were created completely (or mostly) with Tahona-ground agaves.

Lippy welcomes back his favorite drinking buddy, “Senior Rick” for a stumbling romp through the agave fields. Watch as they break down the flavor profiles of 8 currently-produced blancos in an effort to find their one true favorite. Many brands are called but few rise to the task of providing a completely satisfying tahona experience. After your Tequila Whisperer DOES choose his top 3 blancos however, it becomes a celebration of the STONE: and the music, laughter, and general MAYHEM rise accordingly! Enjoy this massive volcanic episode.

Though Senior & Lippy were blind tasting, the audience was alerted to which brand was which through a Facebook announcement just before the show began.  Those brands and their corresponding glass numbers are listed below:




4.Olmeca Altos

5.Still-Strength Blanco (“Tanque”) from NOM 1139

6.El Tesoro

7.Siete Leguas

8.Los Abuelos (Fortaleza)

10 Responses to “Tahona-ground blancos- tequila review (episode 110)”

  1. The Volkman June 1, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Oh how I wish I could have experienced the after-show! Bummed.

  2. Lippy June 1, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    Volker! It was am embarrassment of riches!

  3. Max August 22, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    Im moving back to SF after a year living in Mexico, love to do some tastings!

  4. Renee November 21, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    Is it really the case that less than 1% of distilleries are making tequila this way?

  5. Lippy November 21, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Yep. Sad but true. There are VERY few brands where you can find a tahona-ground “starter”..

  6. John C May 6, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    What happened Lippy? Why no new shows?

  7. Lippy May 7, 2014 at 8:42 am #

    Look for a new show tasting Pura Sangre in late May, John!
    Thanks for watching.

  8. LONG ISLAND LOU July 8, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    Lip- Great Episode…excellent chemistry with Senior.. Please let us know when there are new live shows- Lou

  9. Lippy July 8, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

    Thanks, Lou. I’ll let Senior know you enjoyed him as well!

  10. Richard August 1, 2017 at 4:43 am #

    Wish all Tequilas were Tahona process. Hacienda Dona Engracias was an excellent find in Puerto Vallarta

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