Neta- Spirit Distilled from Agave

Agave Spirits bring people together in a way not too many other spirits can. From harvesting, to producing, and consuming, every facet is laced with cultivating relationships. Mezcal and other agave spirits are that farm-to-table restaurant where you eat at a communal setting, smiling next to strangers as you share stories, while the chef is continuously serving up dishes and discussing the ingredients with you. Fathers pass down traditions and techniques, mezcaleros sell to friends and neighbors, and if there’s ever a celebration, you can bet your bottom dollar that the good stuff is getting brought out; it’s part of the romance, the mystique, and if you’ll forgive the pun, the spirit of the plant itself.

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Jackson Lee
It's not mezcal and no one cares

The agave world is on fire and we’re seeing more exciting products from all over Mexico, but not for the efforts of many of the biggest players in the industry. The Mexican regulations force many of the best producers out of the DO, which incidentally doesn’t follow the our typical understand of what a denomination of origin provides either the consumer or the producers

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David Othenin-Girard
Unpredictable Agave

It’s National Tequila Day! Unfortunately, the state of agave is a bit untenable right now. But for a handful of special producers who continue to producer traditional tequila in the authentic fashion, the industry has largely acquiesced to the pressures of innovation and efficiency at the great detriment of quality and character. We’re here to help you figure out which are still producing real Tequila in the traditional way.

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David Othenin-Girard
Old & Rare Whiskey Auction

A rare opportunity to make auction some of Kentucky’s top names. From the estate of a great K&L Customer who is sadly no longer with us. We’ve acquired a number of exquisite specimens bottled years ago and are offering them over the next several weeks. Here are the first four lots.

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David Othenin-Girard
Westland Master Class & Dinner

Join us Tuesday June 18th for another incredible night from Westland Distillery and Remy-Cointreau @ The Farmhouse Restaurant in Los Angeles. Don’t wait to secure your spot for this incredible evening. Full sit down family style meal, only $45.

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David Othenin-Girard
Haut Haut Haut

Among the sub-regions of Armagnac, Bas-Armagnac is the most known and respected, and bottles from there proudly tout the region. Due east of Bas-Armagnac, the Ténarèze is the upstart sibling, not as flashy or well known but loved by aficionados for earthy brandies like Pellehaut, Aurensan and Pouchegu.

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Sku
The World’s Oldest Whiskey

What is the oldest bottle of whiskey in existence? According to a recent listing by the folks at Guinness, it’s a bottle of Baker’s Rye, an 1847 Monongahela Rye owned by Los Angeles Whiskey Society founder Adam Herz. Yes, you read correctly; this whiskey was distilled during the Polk administration. The fact that this bottle exists is pretty mind blowing, and its mere existence makes it a central piece of American whiskey history.  You can read Adam’s extensive history of this bottle on the LA Whiskey Society website.

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Sku
Super Small Batch: Domaine le Chaou

What is Domaine le Chaou?  It’s another one of those stories of small producers that you find in Armagnac. Domaine le Chaou doesn’t make brandy...or wine.  They grow grapes. For about seven years in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, they sold Baco grapes to Domaine de Charron, an Armagnac producer known for making brandy in new oak casks. Instead of payment for the grapes, each year, Charron would give them back one cask of the Armagnac made from their grapes, and as happens in Armagnac, there they sat, with le Chaou selling a few of them here and there

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Sku
What’s in a Name?

We’re entering somewhat of a renaissance for agave products. As mezcal continues to wow us with its small batches, traditional techniques, and somewhat of a backcountry mystique, more producers seem to be circumventing the certification process. This, in part, is where we’re seeing the emergence of bottlings labeled, “Agave Spirits.”

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Jackson Lee
An Evening with L’Encantada

Recently, I was lucky enough to spend an evening with the owners of L’Encantada who were visiting from Gascony. L’Encantada, with the distinctive orange wax, has become something of a cult favorite among Armagnac lovers. It allowed me to talk to them in detail about their operation and the producers they worked with.  

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Sku