June 20, 2019
Iconic tequila brand Jose Cuervo hosted the World of Tequila Master Class at Bonifacio Global City’s The Island, led by Stelios Papadopoulos.
Held across major cities in Asia that started in Japan, the World of Tequila is a master class that gives bartenders and tequila lovers alike the chance to learn about drink.
With his limitless passion for tequila, Papadopoulos took guests at The Island through a detailed look at the unique history of a globally celebrated drink.
“What people have in mind is that tequila is all about shots. But actually, it is not only about shots. It is about mixability. Using the right product for the right occasion. I want people to delete everything they know about tequila and start all over,” he shared.
“In order to produce tequila, you need the blue agave which is very similar to grapes,” said Stelios. “The blue agave plant takes seven years to reach maturity, in approximately nine years to produce a bottle of tequila. If it’s not produced in the five states (DO) of Mexico it cannot be considered tequila. They use neutral alcohol, sugars, artificial aromas and additives in order to recreate the taste of tequila.”
Once guests understood the history and hard work behind each shot of tequila, they were given the chance to savor generous samples from Jose Cuervo’s reserves. Papadopoulos guided each guest through the process of tequila tasting.
While most people often take a single shot in celebration, his insight enabled guests to slow down and savor the bold, rich flavors of tequila.
“The whole tasting experience starts from the aromas. When we taste, we need to have our mouth a bit open as we are tasting high abv (alcohol by volume) spirits,” he advised. “The first thing that you never do is swirl the glass. The only thing you will achieve is to burn down your sense of smell. So taste it gently, go easy. Approach the glass. There are so many elements and aromas that come through!”
The World of Tequila was attended by a number of guests from the lifestyle and nightlife scenes including bartenders from some of the hottest nightspots in Metro Manila.
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