Mark gets in-depth on tequila and mezcal with Tequila Ocho’s Jesse Estes. A Drinks Galore interview.
What actually is tequila? How is it made? What is mezcal and what’s the difference? How can you tell if your tequila is 100% agave and why does this matter? And what’s with this worm thing anyway?
Find out all you ever wanted to know about how agave spirits are made, and what makes one of the most misunderstood spirits seem much more enjoyable and alluring in this video interview.
Filmed in January 2015 at El Nivel in London by the visual and audio magicians Alex Blogg and Olly Burton.
Drinks Galore presents The Tequila Wager, a short film about a cocktail you won’t want to give back.
Featuring Jesse Estes, created by Alex Blogg & Olly Burton and filmed at El Nivel, London.
Jesse Estes was first inducted into the London bar scene by Henry Besant and Dre Masso of the Worldwide Cocktail Club. He has since gone on to work at the likes of Green & Red, All Star Lanes, Callooh Callay, Luggage Room, as well as guest bar-tending around the world. He has won a number of cocktail competitions and now regularly acts as a judge for cocktail competitions and spirits awards including the Drinks International’s International Spirit Challenge and the Bartenders’ Best Awards.
In 2013, Jesse joined the Pacifico Group to work as the European Brand Ambassador for Tequila Ocho and to help develop the bar program for London’s first ‘agaveria’ – and latest addition to the Pacifico Group – El Nivel. He is often consulted as an expert on agave spirits, and has been interviewed or featured in publications such as: Imbibe, Esquire, Shortlist, the Spirits Business and Drinks International, among others.
Jesse can now be found leading seminars, tastings, and masterclasses on tequila and agave spirits across Europe. He was recently named one of London’s Best Bartenders by the Huffington Post.