Tequila Blanco 2011

Best Premium Blanco Tequila - 2011

TheFiftyBest.com held a private tasting with 25 people experiencing 20 blanco tequilas. All tequilas were 100% blue agave. The tasters included wine and spirits journalists, bartenders, and tequila aficionados.


The Great Tequila Tasting - Blanco


Tasting Method: The products were served "blindly", with each brand completely unknown to the tasters. The order of service was randomly selected through a lottery system. Each of the tequilas were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at room temperature, one brand at a time. Ice water on the side and unflavored breadsticks were available to cleanse the palate. There was a resting period between the two flights of blanco tequilas. Food was served during the break. Tasters wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best. The totals for the blancos were added up, with the winners determined, based on the scores received. The tasting notes that follow the rankings are a summary of the results, and all replicate commentary has been eliminated while contrasting opinions have been summarized. Ties are listed in alphabetical order. Prices quoted are for 750ml sizes. Prices will vary by state.


TASTING RESULTS (Blanco/ Plata/Silver):



1. Nobleza - $36
Double distilled, estate grown Premium Blue Weber Agave.

Smooth, spicy, creamy, perfumy, sweet, cinnamon, vanilla, chewy, smoky, hay, floral, lavender, nougat/hazelnut, earthy, long finish.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

2. Tres Agaves - $26
Double distilled, Straight from the still to the bottle.

Sweet, spicy, smooth, light, floral, melon, cinnamon, caramel, licorice, oily, peppery, earthy, tangy, prickly.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Tres Agaves


3. Two-Way Tie - Hornitos - $25
Full bodied, smooth, spicy, floral, smoky, fresh, complex, crisp, vanilla, pineapple, lime, sweet, salty, cotton, pungent, violet.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Chamucos - $42

Smooth, tasty, woody, spicy, pepper, sweet, molasses, butterscotch, peanuts, fruity, pineapple, pear, strawberry, eucalyptus, apricot, bitter, caramel aroma.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal


Cabo Wabo

4. Cabo Wabo - $22
Double distilled.

Smooth, warm, balanced, earthy, smoky, floral notes, sweet, spicy, tropical fruit, butterscotch, peaches, banana, vanilla, caramel nose, soft finish.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

5. Avion - $40
Ultra slow filtration.

Smooth, peppery, full bodied, balanced, sweet, spicy, clean, tasty, mushroom, crisp, salty, warm finish.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



6. Herradura - $32
Double distilled.

Sweet, fruity, citrus, nutty, pineapple, pear, perfume, red licorice, some spice, peppery, woody, sharp, pungent, cedar.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



7. Riazul - $55

Vanilla, caramel, peppery, nutty, almond, smooth, licorice, agave, menthol, floral, clean, salty, slightly smoky, vanilla nose, caramel finish.

Gold Medal
 Gold medal


8. Two-Way Tie -
El Jimador
- $19

Double distilled.
Floral, dried fruit, peppery, tea, asparagus, eucalyptus, agave, smooth, consistent, well rounded, dry, mild, crisp, clean, floral nose, strong finish.

Gold Medal
 Gold medal

Tres Generaciones - $33

Triple distilled.
Spicy start, mossy, dry, mineral, sweet, complex, intense, very alcoholic, approachable, crisp, medium-full body, smooth finish.

Gold Medal
 Gold medal

9. Corzo - $40

Light, clean, smooth, cinnamon, creamy, buttery, sweet, pear, pineapple, pepper, caramel, lemon, minty, complex, smoky.

Gold Medal
 Gold medal

10. Two-Way Tie -
Don Eduardo
- $45

Classic, smoky, smooth, woody, pepper, spicy, caramel, buttery, honey, ginger, hint of sweetness, well rounded.

Gold Medal
 Gold medal

Semental - $45

Triple distilled.
Peppery, woody, cedar, salty, citrus, fresh, anise, white pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, floral notes, spicy, cloves, mild, fruity, apple, peppermint, nutty, licorice, pungent, soft.

Gold Medal
 Gold medal

11. Two-Way Tie -
Antiguo - $26

Double distilled.
Lively, dry, smooth, balanced, sweet, citrus, peppery, assertive, dusty, wet stone, grassy, good for cocktails, long, oily finish.

Silver Medal
  Silver medal

Espolón - $20

Vanilla, pepper, rosemary, smooth, floral, spicy, balanced, woody, cedar, licorice, tobacco, slightly fruity, caramel, grappa-like, clean, mild, sweet nose.

Silver Medal
  Silver medal

12. Two-Way Tie -
Cazadores - $21

Double distilled. Light, balanced, woody, tangy, spicy, sweet, floral, grassy, flavorful, rounded, short finish.

Silver Medal
  Silver medal

Inocente - $46

Triple distilled.
Spicy, apple, cotton candy, woody, vanilla, cinnamon, caramel, pineapple, anise, yeast, burnt, pungent, oak, long finish.

Silver Medal
  Silver medal

13. Chinaco - $30

Bottled within 30 days after distillation.
Earthy, hay, woody, spicy, cloves, peppery, buttery, caramel, agave, smooth, long finish.

Silver Medal
  Silver medal

14. El Tesoro - $44

Spicy, pepper, gummy bears, licorice, hay, nutty, grassy, agave, light.

Bronze Medal
  Bronze medal

15. Tequila 55 - $30

Earthy, woody, mushrooms, nutty, medicinal, grassy, vegetal, sesame oil, licorice, prunes, neutral, pungent.

Bronze Medal
  Bronze medal

16. Campo Azul - $30

Nutty, spicy, vegetal, asparagus, earthy, medicinal, licorice, pungent, rough, full bodied.

Bronze Medal
  Bronze medal


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Fri. March 25, 2011 8:43 AM - by: Gary Simpson
How does Patron fair with these brands..
Sun. February 13, 2011 10:53 AM - by: Fred Patten
This is a Complete Course on Tequila. It is a wonderful starting point or guide. "Guide" is defined as "One who shows the way by leading." It makes no mind to me that a tequila I drink is not listed. This is a wonderful resouce for those of us who enjoy Blue Agave Tequila.
Mon. February 7, 2011 10:31 AM - by: jon g
just tasted the trio of Hotel California tequilas and was pleasantly surprised.
Sat. December 4, 2010 10:32 PM - by: Milena
I didn't see any of the tequila I drink, and I like my tequila. For fans of true "tasting" tequila, not for cocktail or shots, try El Gran Viejo Anejo (difficult to get) or Partida Anejo. These both are more along the lines of Don Julio Anejo, a good starting point for those trying out higher end tequila's.
Sat. November 13, 2010 5:56 PM - by: mike standing
We just started carrying Tres Agaves in our restaurant "Watermans" as well as their "cocktail ready" agave nectar. What a hit. sold out the first night. A more affordable alternative to Patron.
Tue. November 9, 2010 3:03 PM - by: Jim
This might not represent the top 50 brands out there but what a great accomplishment to those new brands which out scored the bigger, more well established brands...kudos to the new brands!
Sat. November 6, 2010 9:07 AM - by: Peter
I tried a new brand Paco Chicano and it was by far The best tequila I have ever had. I don't see It on this list. I don't think you even tested it.
Sat. November 6, 2010 7:05 AM - by: Tim
I have to say, the title of this article is mis-leading. When I see 50 best Tequilas...I expect to see the 50 Best represented. Plus I was wondering how the particular Tequilas were selected? There were 2 maybe 3 on this list that you would sip and enjoy and those I would also use in my mixed drinks. This misconception that fine anejos should only be sipped and slow rolled is a joke. Why would you lower your quality if you add a little OJ or any other mix to it? Why I ask...
Fri. November 5, 2010 4:42 PM - by: Nicholas Diamond
Gary H., Riazul Anejo is much better than Don Julio 1942, but i do enjoy some DJ.
Sat. October 16, 2010 9:08 AM - by: sathya
i had camini gold, it was superb try it
Mon. September 20, 2010 12:33 PM - by: RMiguelNYC
I just tried a new organic tequila called Puro Verde. I was blown away. The reserve was actually creamy. Never had better. Was told it is hard to find because it's new. Look out for it.
Tue. August 31, 2010 4:22 PM - by: Mike Gee
You need to try Tequila 55 Anejo...at a retail cost of about 40 its gotta be one of the best Anejos out there right now...only available in certain states and online!
Tue. June 29, 2010 8:47 AM - by: Miguel Angel Batres
Did you tried Tequila Semental?, is the best Tequila that you can drink, is really smooth....
Fri. November 20, 2009 12:00 PM - by: Hilberto Partida
where is PARTIDA Tequila raided and info on it.
Sun. November 8, 2009 12:00 PM - by: Gary H
Give Don Julio 1942 a try
Sun. July 5, 2009 12:00 PM - by: Erika Martinez
I invite you to meet our brand TEQUILA CLASE AZUL, it comes in unique hand-crafted, hand-painted ceramic decanters. And in Plata, Reposado and Extra-aƱejo. This is an ultra premium tequila worth the search. www.tequilaspremium.com

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