An Agavista is someone searching for the admirable, the noble, or the illustrious. On this site, you will find the qualities of frequently neglected but utterly amazing spirits, some of them made out of agave, some of them made out of other raw materials, all made with absolute care and passion. An Agavista is moved both by love and science; pleasure and intellect. This is a realm for discovery and documentation. The aromas, colors, and aging of these distillates are as important as the values with which they are created, the care behind their production, and the consideration towards the environment. Whatever it is to be discovered will be added to our classification.
Have you seen the back label of a bottle of marmalade? You have probably seen the amount of sugar, fruit, preservatives, and even how many carbs it has. Have you seen the back label of a bottle of your favorite distillate? In most cases, you will only get to see the alcohol by volume, the amount of liquid contained in the bottle, and the country of origin.
This is a diverse industry. On the shelves of a store, you can regularly find a handcrafted and traditional product standing just beside a fully industrial one from which thousands of litter were produced. Both can have valuable attributes and we are not to judge if one is better than the other, but we do believe consumers have the right to know what the difference between them is, and what is the promise that the brand stands for.
Agavista is created and fed by people with experience in the spirits industry and international trade of beverages convinced that we can create a positive impact in the industry by opening information to the consumers.
We are deeply inspired by the swede scientist Carl Von Lineé, one of the big names in the history of science who developed a nomenclature with which a complete classification of living creatures was done. As part of this classification, he came up with a name for a plant that has been the epicenter of our adventures in this industry: agave. What a word he picked! “agave” comes from the Ancient Greek Ἀγαυή (Agauḗ, “Agave”), from ἀγαυός (agauós, “noble, illustrious”) or ‘the admirable one”.
This is not a website devoted exclusively to the agave spirits, but to the spirits that are agave, those that are noble, admirable, and illustrious.
We believe in transparency as a gesture of nobility. Therefore, the noble spirits in our classification are those produced by people willing to declare total liberty and with their word as a guaranty of truth in the information about their products. The noble spirits declare their fair-trade policy, their environmental practices, the contents of their product, and their production processes. It is not easy to be transparent, but it is definitively noble.
The knowledge that has been passed from generation to generation configuring the historic taste for spirits of a community is one of the purest and most valuable expressions of everyday culture. Illustrious spirits excel for their quality and how true they remain to the culture it comes from.
Noble producers that commit to improving the conditions of their workers, and the environmental impact of their processes, and that show responsibility towards society are the ones we want to support in this platform. They might not be perfect but being willing to improve is admirable.
Thanks for joining us in the quest of finding noble and admirable producers and illustrious distillates. If you are here, you might already be an Agavista: a consumer is willing to know more about the spirits you love. Take the next step and become a member.