Students, community learn about tequila at tasting


Guests at the first tequila tasting event, Tequila UNCORKED, poured into the State Room at Kellogg Center Wednesday.

The UNCORKED tasting series, which includes scotch, wine, bourbon, and tequila, has taken place at Kellogg Center for a little more than a year.

“The event is meant to show people a good time,” said John Trasky, general manager of the State Room.

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There were six types of tequila, all served with Hispanic-inspired appetizers.

The liquors at the event included Blue Nectar Reserve, Casa Nobles, Don Julio 1942, Kah Reposado and others. The tequilas were priced between $39 to $109.

Originating from the blue agave plant, tequila dates back to the Aztecs, according to

The plant can be found in Mexico, where the first legal distillery was purchased in 1758 by José Antonio Montaño y Cuervo.

Distilleries, such as Fabrica La Rojeña in Mexico, made tequila in the early 1800’s, according to Cuervo used La Rojeña, the oldest distillery in Mexico, to sell his product all over the country, and later world.

Similar techniques are used today, but the plant also undergoes an aging process before it is finally bottled, said.

Glynn Gutzeit, an independent liquor and spirits consultant and the keynote speaker at last night’s event, said he is passionate about tastings and helping guests understand that there is much more to liquors than the cookie cutter labels.

“Tonight’s liquor is similar to the infrastructure of all liquors,” Gutzeit said. “The tastes (of these tequilas) are different because of age differnces and regions. (I want to) let people know there’s so much more out there.”

Chemistry and criminal justice senior Josh Champine attended the event last night after coming to the bourbon tasting, which he said he really enjoyed.

“It’s been a busy week,” Champine said. “I needed to treat myself.”

In years past, the State Room at the Kellogg hosted wine tasting parties. Trasky said for this event, he wanted to do something more casual and convenient for guests.

Trasky’s goal for the UNCORKED series is to offer guests a great, low cost experience in a more sophisticated atmosphere.

One of those guests was Vivianne Robinson, director of human resources, recruitment and training for University Advancement. She said her reason for coming tonight was to gain new knowledge about tequila and have fun.

“I thought it would be an exciting experience,” Robinson said. “I’ve never been to a tequila tasting before. It’s a great opportunity to spend time with good friends.”

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