The right Mann for the job

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Martin Moodie
Martin Moodie is the Founder & Chairman of The Moodie Report.

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Warning. Do not approach this woman. She is armed and dangerous.

Yes, it is none other than The Moodie Report Associate Editor Rebecca Mann, a woman renowned for calling a spade a spade or in this case a coas a coas.

For the uninitiated a coas is the lethally sharp instrument used to harvest the agave plant that forms the basis for tequila distillation.

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At the recent Duty Free Show of the Americas in Fort Lauderdale visitors to the Brown-Forman stand watched in amazement as third-generation jimador Jose Cortes (below) delivered a master class on how to harvest the blue agave used to create Tequila Herradura.

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Jose has been harvesting plants since the age of 15 and is now head jimador at Casa Herradura, one of the oldest and most respected producers of tequila.

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Just to prove it wasn’t as easy as Jose made it appear, onlookers were offered the chance to try harvesting a little agave for themselves.

There weren’t many takers until The Moodie Report’s Welsh wordsmith wizard stepped into the fray, wearing the de rigueur outfit of high heels as sharp as a coas and an expression that suggested this was one blue agave that would be made to suffer long before it was ever turned into a tequila sunrise.

Within minutes the agave was shredded, while Rebecca stood over the stripped plant like a proud conqueor astride a fallen foe.

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Someone, somewhere, some day will sip on a Herradura margarita, little knowing that a crucial role in its creation was played by the first jimador to ever emerge from the Welsh valleys.

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  • Must have been a coal miner in that Welsh heritage given the ease with which she swings that shovel, I mean coas.
    No doubt about the “conqueor” part