Tequila Blanco 2015

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.



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


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



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


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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