Polished Palate Biography



Clayton Szczech founded Experience Tequila in 2008 in order to promote authentic Tequila culture through tours, tastings and education. 

In 2010, Experience Tequila received the prestigious "Double T" certification from the CRT (Tequila Regulatory Council). The Double T designation is a recognition of excellence and service in Tequila tourism and Clayton is, to date, the only non-Mexican to be so honored. 

When not leading tours of Tequila Country for both industry and consumer groups, Clayton hosts tastings and educational events throughout the Pacific Northwest, including the monthly Portland Tequila Tasting Club at Trébol Restaurant, where he serves as Tequila Ambassador. 

Clayton is especially interested in the history and culture of Tequila, as well as how specific production methods affect the aromas and flavors of the final product. He recently earned a diploma in Sensorial Evaluation of Tequila from maestra Ana María Romero Mena. 

Clayton considers himself privileged to share his favorite spirit and part of the world with others. As a relative newcomer to the world of Tequila, he is learning every day and is deeply appreciative of all those who have offered their guidance and friendship, including the many mentors and friends he looks forward to seeing once again at the Spirits Of Mexico."

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