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A bold pair: Distiller, bookstore to release new spirit and ‘Tequila and Tacos’ guide

Tractor Brewing Co./Troubled Minds Distilling have collaborated with Bookworks for a book and Agave Reposado agave spirit combo. (Courtesy of Tractor Brewing Co./Troubled Minds Distilling)

A local distiller and a local bookstore have teamed up for the release of a new agave spirit and a tequila pairing book.

Tractor Brewing Co./Troubled Minds Distilling has released a new Agave Reposado in collaboration with Bookworks’ release of “Tequila and Tacos: A Guide to Spirited Pairings.” The book and Agave Reposado combo can be purchased for $62 at getplowed.com/product/agave-reposado-combo. It can then be picked up at the Tractor Brewing Co. Wells Park location.

“We’ve been doing a lot of pairings with businesses around town,” said Jeremy Kinter, marketing and events director for Tractor Brewing Co./Troubled Minds Distilling. “… So I was calling up Bookworks, because I was, like, ‘Hey we should do some kind of spirit and book pairing. We have this reposado coming up. I would love to team up with you guys.’ And they’re, like, ‘Oh, my God, this is perfect. We’re releasing this ‘Tequila and Tacos: A Guide to Spirited Pairings’ book on Oct. 21.’ I was, like, ‘Oh, my God.’ I saw the book, and we talked about it, and it was perfect.”

The book, by writer, editor, and culinary professional Katherine Cobbs, contains “amazing” taco recipes and tequila cocktail recipes. The nationally known author has collaborated with country music star Martina McBride on two cookbooks. She also has produced books for multiple James Beard Award-winning chefs and worked with Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author Rick Bragg on “My Southern Journey,” according to Kinter.

“It’s a beautiful hardcover,” he said. “It’s like one of those books that you would keep in your kitchen. It’s beautiful. It’s a good-looking book. And then once you see our bottle, it’s a good-looking bottle of agave, that’s for sure.”

Tractor/Troubled Minds releases its Agave Blanco spirit about a year ago. The reposado was aged for six months in oak barrels.

“We make a really good agave spirit called the Agave Blanco,” Kinter said. “It’s just a regular agave spirit. So that is one thing that we do particularly well, in my opinion. There’s not many New Mexican-made agave spirits out there. So we took this one on very seriously. We had the agave imported from Mexico.”

The spirit must be referred to as an agave spirit rather than tequila if it is not made in the Jalisco region of Mexico or other limited municipalities in Mexico. Reposados, which are aged for 2 to 12 months, are usually smoother in taste than blancos, which are either not aged or aged for a short period of time.

“You can taste that smokiness but it’s still got this fruitiness to it that’s really good,” Kinter said of Tractor/Troubled Minds Agave Reposado. “I tasted it out of the barrel at 54 proof; even then it tasted smooth. So now it’s proofed at 40, and it tastes even smoother. It’s definitely a sipper. It’s tequila that (you can drink) on its own and don’t necessarily have to mix in a drink. I must say, of all the spirits that we do, I am most proud of our agave both blanco and reposado. And as a New Mexican, you know, New Mexicans particularly love tequila. I love tequila a lot too.”

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