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Best Premium Blanco Tequila - 2015

The Fifty Best Blanco Tequila Tasting 2015

 

The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of eighteen 100% blue agave blanco tequilas and two flavored tequilas with 18 pre-qualified judges. The blanco tequilas and flavored tequilas were judged and scored separately. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Each of the tequilas were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at slightly above room temperature. Only ice water, neutral unflavored crackers and chips were available to cleanse the palate.

The judges wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best. Double-Gold, Gold and Silver medals are awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no bronze medals awarded for this tasting.

The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The municipalities of origin are identified for each brand.

 



DOUBLE-GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Centinela Blanco
(Arandas, Altos Sur, Jalisco)

Aroma: Cream soda, vanilla, honey, caramel, pineapple, poached pear, cinnamon, summer flowers, sandalwood, licorice.

Palate: Honey, molasses, cream, vanilla, pear, tropical flowers, violet, hay, sandalwood, licorice, anise, roasted herbal notes.

Finish: Creamy, sweet, pepper, jalapeño, mineral, silky, smooth, exceptional.


Double Gold Medal
   Double Gold medal



   Centinela Blanco Tequila



Los Tres Toños Blanco
(Amatitán, Lowlands, Jalisco)

Aroma: Agave, dried agave, olive, herbaceous, pine, white pepper, peppercorns, earthy.

Palate: Nougat, vanilla, sweet cream, cane sugar, molasses, pear, roasted agave, toast, sandalwood, spearmint, mint taffy, lemongrass, herbaceous, green beans, dried leaves, earthy, well balanced.

Finish: Toffee, honey, sweet cream, butter, apple, spices, slight mint, elegant wood, very smooth, clean, rich, velvety.


Double Gold Medal
   Double Gold medal



Los Tres Toños Blanco Tequila



Calavera Blanco
(Tequila, Jalisco)

Aroma: Toffee, honey, tropical flowers, fig, herbaceous, cinnamon, roasted pepper, olive, vegetal, cut grass, grassy, smoky.

Palate: Cafe au lait, cream, honey, pear, citrus, bell pepper, roasted pepper, pickled green beans, vegetal, dried herbs, mint, mineral, white pepper, light oak, smoky.

Finish: Toffee, honey, chicory, peppery, wet stone, crisp, dry, very expressive.


Double Gold Medal
   Double Gold medal



   Calavera Blanco Tequila



Grand Mayan 3D Silver
(Tesistán, Zapopan, Jalisco)

Aroma: Mango, melon, green apple, light vanilla, nougat, spearmint, anise, herbal, vegetal, mineral.

Palate: Toffee, caramel, cream, cafe au lait, sugar cane, roasted piña, roasted anise, fig, apple, vegetal, white pepper, spice, light mint, silky, well done.

Finish: Coffee, cream, vanilla, nougat, vegetal, mint, bitter herbs, soft, fresh.


Double Gold Medal
   Double Gold medal



Grand Mayan 3D Silver Tequila



Bracero Blanco
(El Arenal, Highlands, Jalisco)

Aroma: Tropical fruits, citrus, apple, poached apple, agave notes, honey, vanilla ice cream, flowery, fresh grass, cinnamon.

Palate: Agave, cream soda, honey, nougat, cafe au lait, vegetal, herbal, jasmine, peppery, white pepper, tobacco, mint, menthol, mineral, wet stone, wood barrel, well balanced.

Finish: Licorice, pepper, wet stone, mineral, powder, clean, crisp, woody, complex.


Double Gold Medal
   Double Gold medal



   Bracero Blanco Tequila



SilverCoin Blanco
(Arandas, Altos Sur, Jalisco)

Aroma: Pineapple, mango, grapefruit, apple, banana peel, mint, grassy notes, herbaceous, herbal, pepper, tarragon, tobacco, earthy.

Palate: White toffee, honey, candied tropical fruit, roasted piña, fig, citrus, allspice, peppercorn, well rounded.

Finish: Lemon-lime, peppery, black pepper, soft, clean, fresh.


Double Gold Medal
   Double Gold medal



SilverCoin Blanco Tequila



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Santo Azul Silver
(Tamaulipas, Lowlands, Jalisco)

Aroma: Citrus, pineapple, vanilla, nougat, fruit & herbal blend, mint, agave, vegetal, peanuts, white pepper, earth.

Palate: Coffee, chocolate, creamy, vanilla, pear, orange peel, agave, herbal, roasted pepper, vegetal, fresh cut grass, hot peppers, cinnamon, spicy, well balanced.

Finish: Toffee, honey, toasted bread, mineral, spicy, peppery, wood, smooth, easy.

Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Santo Azul Silver Tequila



Herradura Silver
(Amatitán, Lowlands, Jalisco)

Aroma: White toffee, cream soda, buckwheat honey, candy, pineapple, papaya, crisp apple, citrus, fennel, grassy, wheat, grain, wood.

Palate: Toffee, creamy, cream soda, sweet cream, clover honey, banana notes, berries, fruity, vegetal, anise, pepper, spicy, wood notes, lively.

Finish: Cream, honey, light herbs, spicy jalapeño, clean, fresh, very complex.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Herradura Silver Tequila



Tromba Blanco
(Arandas, Altos Sur, Jalisco)

Aroma: Nougat, melon, lemony, citrus, agave, cucumber, floral, minty, herbaceous, olive, grass, earthy.

Palate: Tropical fruit, dried fruit, citrus, sweet agave, nougat, tropical flowers, fennel, vegetal, pepper, toast, light earthy.

Finish: Smoked pepper, green beans, honey, vanilla, toast, earthy, clean, rich, very smooth, nice, very expressive.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Tromba Blanco Tequila



Tarantula 100 Plata
(Tequila, Jalisco)

Aroma: Apple, pear, banana, tropical fruit, vanilla, nougat, cane sugar, sweet spice, dried herbs, roasted agave, anise, menthol, grass, tobacco.

Palate: Honey, toffee, creamy, papaya, citrus, anise, gum mastic, mint, vegetal, chipotle, sandalwood, peppercorns, white pepper, tobacco, great back palate.

Finish: Citrus, tamarind, berries, pepper, toast, earthy, wood, full, rich, very complex.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Tarantula 100 Plata Tequila



Peñasco Plata
(Atotonilco El Alto, Jalisco)

Aroma: Poached apple, light vanilla, green beans, roasted pepper, burnt agave, fennel, herbal, sandalwood, mint, crisp, earthy, smoky.

Palate: Roasted pepper, anise, vegetal, light mint, spearmint, cinnamon, tarragon, spice, white pepper, smoky.

Finish: Toffee, ground coffee, pepper, earthy, mineral, smooth, very refreshing.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Peñasco Plata Tequila



Mar Azul Blanco
(Amatitán, Lowlands, Jalisco)

Aroma: Citrus, berries, honey, caramel, agave, vegetal, herbal, herbaceous, cut grass, earthy, smoky.

Palate: Vanilla, light honey, spicy agave, herbaceous, anise, minty grass, vegetal, spice, white peppercorn, cotton, wood, smoky, well made.

Finish: Licorice, agave, grassy, peppery, soft, smooth, clean, crisp, fresh, refreshing.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Mar Azul Blanco Tequila



Mamalón Silver
(Tequila, Jalisco)

Aroma: Honey, whipped cream, candied fruit, fig, agave, herbal, touch of green olive, mineral, tobacco.

Palate: Caramel, cream, fruit, apple, roasted agave, anise, fennel, grassy, toast, mineral.

Finish: Peppery, olive, wet stone, mineral, smoky, sweet, viscous, nice, smooth.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Mamalón Silver Tequila



Revolución Silver Organic
(Amatitán, Lowlands, Jalisco)

Aroma: Cafe au lait, vanilla, cream soda, honey, tropical fruit, lemon, agave, olive, lavender, toasted bread, mineral.

Palate: Vanilla, cream soda, creamy, cocoa, honey, pineapple, herbal, sandalwood, peppercorns.

Finish: Citrus, cooking spices, chili pepper, wood, clean, fresh, soft, gentle.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Revolución Silver Organic Tequila



Amate Silver
(Tesistán, Zapopan, Jalisco)

Aroma: Tropical fruit, durian fruit, agave, green olives, green beans, herbal, must, grassy.

Palate: Tropical, jackfruit, roasted piña, roasted agave, floral elements, violet, vanilla, honeyed herb, herbal, anise, pepper, vegetal, dried leaves, white pepper.

Finish: Honey, vanilla, dried agave, coffee, spicy, mineral, earthy, smooth, rich.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Amate Silver Tequila



El Jimador Blanco
(Amatitán, Lowlands, Jalisco)

Aroma: Tropical fruit, banana, dried papaya, Cream soda, wet stones, mineral, faint herbal, wood barrel.

Palate: Pineapple, pear, banana, honeysuckle, vanilla, caramel, anise, licorice, minty flowers, faint vegetal, wormwood, sherry barrel, wood notes.

Finish: Cream, honey, sandalwood, anise, mineral, clean, crisp, silky, very soft.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



El Jimador Blanco Tequila



Baluarte Blanco
(Los Altos, Jalisco)

Aroma: Pineapple, citrus, marmalade, vanilla, mint, anise, herbal, green olive, vegetal, crisp, cedar wood.

Palate: Toffee, cafe au lait, creamy, honey, orange peel, citrus, burnt agave, vegetal, anise, eucalyptus, mint, white pepper, fresh wood, gentle.

Finish: Minty, cream, clean, dry, smooth, gentle.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Baluarte Blanco Tequila



FLAVORED TEQUILA TASTING RESULTS:

GOLD MEDAL WINNER

Mar Azul Coffee Flavored
(Amatitán, Lowlands, Jalisco)

Aroma: Coffee, espresso, Kahlua, cafe au lait, mocha, cocoa, chocolate, praline, caramel, molasses, coconut, buttery.

Palate: Coffee liqueur, coffee, mocha latte, cocoa, chocolate, honey, toffee, praline, toasted hazelnuts, maple syrup, chocolate.

Finish: Chocolate, coffee, praline, voluptuous mouthfeel, very smooth.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Mar Azul Coffee Flavored Tequila



SILVER MEDAL WINNER

Diva - Pink Citrus Infused Silver
(Amatitán, Lowlands, Jalisco)

Aroma: Grapefruit, pink grapefruit, orange, citrus, pineapple, watermelon, candy.

Palate: Orange, citrus, watermelon, berry, candy, agave notes.

Finish: Orange, sugar, gummy bear, anise notes, cream, soft.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Diva - Pink Citrus Infused Silver Tequila

 

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Comments and Suggestions:

 
Thu. June 25, 2015 8:25 PM - by: Jaime V. Sauza
There is no "lowlands". It is "tequila valley" Los altos is the name of a region, but some genius translated to "highlands", but a doble genius concluded that if one region was highlands, the other one should be Lowlands. As extra informaciĆ³n, the wrongly called "lowlands" is around 3,000 feet over the sea level.
 
 


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