Agave Sessions Experience
Bookings now open from 21st June 2021.
Created by the same team behind London’s acclaimed Ginstitute experience, The Agave Sessions is a masterclass like no other. Taking place in partnership with Herradura Tequila, this unique experience showcases Mexico’s finest exports, uncovering the history and tradition behind the nation’s legendary spirits. Discover the complex flavours of revered tequilas and lesser-known agave spirits before receiving a bottle of Herradura Blanco and your very own barrel, made exclusively for us at Herradura’s cooperage in Mexico. These are yours to take away to barrel-age your very own tequila at home.
The Agave Session is a tequila masterclass like no other and makes the perfect gift for any tequila aficionado. Gift Vouchers are valid for up to one year. To redeem your voucher simply make a booking enquiry and ensure you bring your vouchers on the day. Dispatched via Royal Mail. Please allow 3 – 5 working days. Hosted by one of our in-house agave experts it includes four agave cocktails; tastings; a lunch of Mexican food, a 70cl bottle of Herradura Blanco Tequila (RRP £40) and bespoke barrel.
The perfect gift for any tequila aficionado.
Duration · 3hr
“We could not recommend The Agave Sessions or The Ginstitute highly enough. They should both most definitely be on your must-do lists for your immediate futures.”
— Fabric Magazine
Agave Sessions Experience
1. Arrival at The Distillery
On the afternoon of your Agave Sessions visit, arrive at 186 Portobello Road with about 10 minutes to spare before heading to the top floor to begin your session. Let a member of staff know you are here and they will direct you to our exclusive boardroom.
2. Meet & Greet
Once all the guests have arrived you will be greeted by your Agave Aficionado. The session will kick off with a delicious Tommy’s Margarita, starting how you mean to go on. Your host will then explain to the group the format of the next few hours, if you’ve read this you can just ignore them.
3. Craftsmanship of Agave Spirits
Beginning your journey through the spirits of Mexico, your instructor will guide you through the intricate harvesting and distillation processes that are used to transform the agave plant into the range of spirits we all know and love.
4. Discover the History
Next, your host will guide you through the history of tequila and mezcal. You will learn about the heritage, mystery and myths surrounding the agave spirit.
5. Getting into the Spirit
Tequila is so much more than a shot. A characterful and sophisticated spirit, it is best consumed at leisure. During the Agave Sessions you will sip and savour on a selection of fine tequilas, its smokier more complex cousin, mezcal and a selection of lesser known Mexican spirits; getting to know the different classifications of agave spirits from blanco to reposado...and beyond.
6. Mexican Feasting
During the session you will also enjoy classic Mexican cocktails, such as the Margarita and Paloma, accompanied by a delicious lunch of traditional Mexican food.
7. The Ageing Process
Now you have mastered the complexity of agave spirits, you will move onto ageing your own tequila. You will receive a 70cl bottle of Herradura Blanco and a small barrel made from charred American White Oak that was made on Herradura’s cooperage in Mexico specifically for this course. Following expert guidance from our hosts - you can take your tequila away to rest at home, giving you the freedom to experiment and age to your own personal taste.