In 2004, a small batch of Mexican Moonshine was bottled for a test run at the Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers‘ Circus Mexicus music festival in Rocky Point, Mexico. All 1,000 bottles sold out over the festival weekend. A few years later, official paperwork and business design in place, the fledgling tequila was scheduled to debut again at the festival – but almost didn’t make it. One cross-Mexico moonshine run later, the tequila arrived in time, to an exuberant welcome by the crowd.
This year, Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine is coming to Agave Fest. The 100% agave lowland tequila is distilled in Mexico, at the Fabrica de Tequilas Finos (NOM 1472). It’s first triple filtered and double distilled, at which point the silver tequila goes straight into the bottle. The reposado goes on to rest in old whiskey barrels for up to eight months, and the anejo rests for up to eighteen.
Each tequila has a unique character. The silver is a citrusy, floral agave with notes of white pepper. The reposado has a buttery flavor, with honey and oak accents, and the anejo has a smokey, woody taste with hints of tobacco and vanilla. Mexican Moonshine has been spotted around Tucson at Rum Runner, Plaza Liquors & Fine Wine, Fini’s Landing, Dante’s Fire, Hotel Congress, Agustin Kitchen, Junxion Bar, Zona 78, Rigo’s Mexican Restaurant, BOCA Tacos y Tequila, and Old Father Inn, among others restaurants and retailers. Dee Felix is the new Tucson representative for Mexican Moonshine, and explained that she discovered the tequila through attending one of the band’s concerts, where the tequilas are often available for tastings. While on the lookout for a sipping tequila, she found it in Mexican Moonshine: “I like to pour a glass, and just sip it, it’s very smooth. I tell people, ‘salt and lime are not required.'”
The anejo and silver tequilas received gold and silver medals, respectively, at the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, while the reposado and anejo tequilas took home gold and the silver took home silver at the 2013 Spirits of Mexico competition.
All three tequilas will be available for tasting at Agave Fest. For those looking to create their own Mexican Moonshine -based cocktails, Dee provided a recipe for the Persephone, a drink inspired by a Roger Clyne and the Peacemaker’s song of the same name: