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The Karoo Lioness


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The blue agave plant takes eight years to mature in the heat of the semi arid  desert. It looks like a cactus yet it’s a member of the lily family, protecting its juicy,  fibrous interior with thorny spines. And at its heart are the delicate earthy, spicy and  floral flavours that distillers seek to share with a thirsty public in the form of agave spirit.

In this podcast we caught up with Sarah Kennan,  the real Lioness of South African Agave Spirit, whose local brand Leonista 100% Agave Spirit has grown from strength to strength off the back of  her amazing tenacity and passion. An ancient spirit consumed by Aztecs who desired to be closer to their gods. I began by asking her what is 100% Agave Spirit ?

Let’s Ferment

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