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Many people have discovered that a full appreciation on tequila the spirit comes best in concert with a visit to the land of the Blue Agave. Even a day trip to the birthplace of tequila can enrich one's knowledge and understanding of the drink and its role in Mexican culture. There is enough to see and do in central Jalisco that a full week is recommended.


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The Pocket Guide to Tequila and Mezcal

Available as a PDF or printed copy sent by mail


2009 Pocket Guide to tequilaIf you're travelling to Mexico soon, you'll want to bring along a copy of my handy Pocket Guide to Tequila, which sums up all the facts lore and wisdom in this site in an easy-to-carry booklet - with an up-to-date list of NOM numbers so you can check those bottles before you buy.


This little guide is updated annually with news, data and information about the industry. You can carry it around in a shirt pocket to refer to any time you go in search of tequila or mezcal, and become an expert in a few minutes. The price is right, too - you can order the PDF files to print yourself, or order a printed copy.


The guide is updated annually every January with news, NOM lists and any new books on the market. The 2011 version is now available. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to open and print the PDF file. Visit for a free copy first if you don't already have it!


Reading thew labels pages from 2007 pocket guide to tequilaThe cost is: $5 USD for an email of the PDF file (cover and contents, set up to print double-sided on a legal -8.5 x 14" page, printing instructions included in the file), or $8.50 USD for a printed copy mailed to your address (US or Canada: international mail is $9.50). Both can be paid by PayPal (click the buttons below) or by sending me a cheque, cash or a money order (contact me for the address). Please make sure you include your mailing address!


The images below show some sample pages from the PDF file (four pages per sheet, set up for printing and collating) Note the JPG files shown here are not as crisp and clear as the printed copy or the PDF files! The sample pages shown here may not always be from the current edition, since some of the content is updated every year to reflect changes in the NOM list, the industry and news.


2007 Pocketguide coverCover of my 2006 field guide


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Field Guide sample page 3Samples pages from the 2007 pocket guide to tequila






























2008 Pocket Guide sample page inside (colour)One PDF file will be emailed to you for printing: the text with B&W illustrations, and the cover in gorgeous full colour. The guide has 48 pages, and is 7" tall by 4.25" wide. A version with colour inside graphics is also available (the file is 2 MB - ask for the colour version instead of the B&W version in the comments section of your order)


The PDF version of the guide prints on legal-sized (8.5 x 14") paper, double sided. Fold it, cut one edge, staple the middle and you have a pocket guide you can take to Mexico! If your printer won't accept legal paper, please consider ordering a hardcopy, usually mailed to you within 24 hours of receiving your PayPal payment.


Contact me about volume discounts and reprint rights!


I have also created a separate PDF reading version, designed for reading on your computer, rather than printing. If you order either PDF or the printed version, and would also like the reading version, send me a note in your order or a separate email and I will send a copy of that version as well, at no extra charge. See the images at the bottom of the page for a preview of how the reading version appears.


You can also subscribe to my guide by registering on my forum and selecting the subscription service in your control panel area. Next edition update: January, 2012.

Click here to spend $5.00 US to receive the PDF file by email (approx 1.4 MB). Printing instructions are included in the file. Add a comment or send a separate email to request the reading version as well, at no extra charge. Latest edition: January, 2011.
Click here to buy a copy for $8.50 US by PayPal to receive a printed copy of the Pocket Field Guide to Tequila, with colour cover, by mail to any location in the US or Canada. Latest edition: 2011. Please include your mailing address.
Click here to purchase a Pocket Guide for $9.50 US by PayPal and receive a printed copy of the Pocket Field Guide to Tequila with colour cover, by mail to any international location outside the US or Canada. Latest edition: 2011. Please include your mailing address.

The images below are samples from the reading edition.


2009 Tequila Pocket Guide - reading version 012009 Tequila Pocket Guide - reading version 01

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