In 2015 I was still quite new in the bartending scene and had limited experience in spirits when I started bartending at 400 Rabbits, Nottingham’s first dedicated Tequila & Mezcaleria.
The bar very quickly turned into a new home for me, as I was surrounded by friends and spent most of my days there, whether I was working or not.
Before my time down the rabbit hole my experience with Tequila was very limited and, like with many, usually in the form of shots with lime and salt. Only when I was introduced to 100% Agave Tequila years later at 400 Rabbits did I realise what I had been missing out on all that time!
I immediately fell in love with the incredible diversity of agave spirits and discovered a whole world of history and traditions, of course, with the favourite being the myth behind the 400 Rabbits, who inhibit your body when inebriated.
My passion for the spirit allowed me to progress in the business to the extent that running the bar was not enough anymore.
I needed to show the world why Agave spirits are so amazing and why we should all be drinking them.
Another hugely important thing for me is the fact that it is such an honest spirit.
There is nothing quite like tasting something which was created through generations of ancestral knowledge. The humble background of the families and their palenques is admirable and I want to do whatever I can to support them.
Unlike any other spirit, the agave category has so many stories to tell and traditions to show, which has driven me to starting Casa Agave.
My mission now is to show the UK its wonders help others fall in love with it as I did.
Jen, Owner Casa Agave