The Tasting Panel magazine

June 2018

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june 2018  /  the tasting panel  /  85 ack in 2011, Micah McFarlane and Jacqui Thompson set out to produce great tequila. Fate soon intervened, however, when they were introduced to the Mexican state of Morelos through Minneapolis chef and restaurateur Héctor Ruiz, who grew up there. After Ruiz sang the praises of Morelos' distilled agave, McFarlane and Thompson decided they had to visit to experience the region firsthand and quickly fell in love with the spirit, the land, and the people. Before they joined the spirits business, McFarlane and Thompson's relationship was rooted in another mutual passion: music (in their lengthy experience in artist development and tour managing, they've worked with industry legends like Prince). With that shared background, the pair decided to bring their successful music-testing methods to the agave world with help Revel Spirits produces the world's first Avila, a new agave-based spirits category which combines the piña-roasting methods of traditional mezcal production with the modernized steaming techniques of tequila. Revel Spirits Co-Founders Micah McFarlane and Jacqui Thompson enjoy colorful Revel-based cocktails at Tallula's. Revel Reposado is an easy-sipper reminiscent of a lightly smoked mezcal with the structured aging of a whiskey, but the spirit can easily play a role in a boozy or even savory cocktail. B

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