Fantastic ‘Tequila Masterclass’ given last month by joint brand owner of Tequila Villa Lobos , Dale Sklar in Tel Aviv, Israel. Some of the best Israeli & International Bartenders attended the event. Dale spoke about his 40 year love affair with Mexico and the romantic love story behind Villa Lobos. He went on to explain the meaning behind Carlos Camarena’s saying – “Made with our Hands and Hearts’ or Hecho con nuestras manos y Corazon“. Each step in the production was explained, from planting the baby agave plants (the hijuelos) to the moment when the juice is distilled, aged and then bottled.
Finally the corks were let out and the group of bartenders enjoyed tastings of the various Villa Lobos casks, whilst even being able to be the only bartenders in the world (to date) to enjoy a sip of Villa Lobos ‘The Man’, a 10 year aged (unreleased) phenomenal Tequila made to celebrate Master Distiller, Carlos Camarena at La Altena (NOM 1139) … “Hearing Dale talk about Tequila almost felt like listening to a religious preacher. He spoke with such passion and care about the piñas, the earth in which they come from and the slow and traditional process in making this wonderful perfumed potion. It was pretty inspiring” commented Idan Levin, owner of Jasper Bar TLV.
The evening ended when Shira, one of the head mixologists at the Jasper Bar created a special Tequila Villa Lobos cocktail for Dale made with Villa Lobos Blanco , crushed coriander seeds, lime juice, orange juice , Peychaud bitters and one secret ingredient … That, I guess we will never know.
This year Dale and Carlos will also be visiting countries such as the UK, the UAE, New Zealand and the United States in order to give more seminars and spread the word on the finest Tequila of making. This was a Great Afternoon indeed!
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Tequila Villa Lobos has recently been voted by over 40 judges as the BEST Tequila at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. It also won a double Gold award in the Reposado category and went up against 143 other brands of Tequila.
Wine and Spirit international have appointed exclusive distributers for Tequila Villa Lobos 100% Agave in the United States, UK, Germany, Portugal, UAE, Andorra, Netherlands, Denmark, Italy and Canada.. If you would like to join us on this journey and distribute Villa Lobos Tequila by Carlos Camarena please email Sales@WineAndSpirit.com or call us on + 44 208 975 1023