Folks who know me at all know I love to cook, and celebrate fine wines. I've also come to relish tequila, but also have a soft spot for a (very) good bourbon, and a rye mixed drink named the Manhattan. Here in MX, I've met several who are Tequila aficionados , and a neighbor down the street - takes his interest to a whole new level - he buys just distilled blanco tequila, gets a barrel [both easy and amazingly complex at the same time]... and ages his own tequila. Last spring he & his wife invited us over; we had a wonderful dinner, and several Margaritas/shots of different tequilas... A few weeks later, he show up at my door with a 20 liter barrel filled with blanco -- Happy Birthday.
Now, almost 9 months later, I have a delightful Reposado tequila, and put 5 liters into a smaller barrel to age another 3 years [Extra Anejo!]. So I've just started my 2nd generation of Ken's tequila -- and it's been a blast. My "home" made margaritas [literally!] are quite excellent, too.
Days here... have a way of startling you... and it's all because of ... contrast. I remember younger days, when every morning was slightly; challenging. Days in Canada in my teens when the temp outside was -30F... a chilling walk to school. In Kentucky, the March rains might be torrential enough to make you wonder if a bus - or a boat - would take you to school. And in Arizona... stepping outside was just a reminder of the slightly hotter oven you experienced the night before.
Here... day after day of successive... amazing. The temp varies a bit from season to season. But every day, we look out the window and see...
not bad... A little later it's more like
and by day's end...
so...at least visually, it's pretty stunning all day. And then the climate... is fantastic (very much like Santa Barbara, CA), although you'll probably travel 'away' in May [very warm, and poor air quality]. It's delightful... we still having that "Can you believe we live here?" moment... on a daily basis.