David Grapshi on 5th Anniversary of ET

Experience Tequila launched in December, 2008. To commemorate our fifth anniversary, we asked friends and colleagues for their comments or reflections on our first five years. We will post the comments over the course of several months. 
I first met David Grapshi at the Spirits of Mexico festival several years ago. Since then, I have had the opportunity to spend time with him in both Mexico and the US. He laid a large part of the foundation that the rest of us aficionados are standing on, having created the agave spirits program within the Sazerac Company. David was instrumental in bringing Tequila Siete Leguas to the US, for which we are all eternally grateful! 

“Clayton has taken the initiative to not only talk about tequila and the importance of educating the consumer, he in fact is taking it to the next level by leading groups down to Mexico and experiencing tequila production first hand. There’s no better way to learn about the business of tequila than to experience it for yourself.

Clayton, keep it going! Best wishes.”

– David Grapshi, Independent Tequila Consultant, Former Importer of Siete Leguas, Pueblo Viejo and the San Matias tequilas, and Del Maguey mezcal.

This testimonial is part of a series marking Experience Tequila’s fifth anniversary. If you would like  to submit your own, we would love to hear from you! Simply email us.  


Clayton Szczech with DavidGrapshi
Experience Tequila founder Clayton Szczech with David Grapshi at a tasting in Seattle, Washington, December, 2011.