Tequila Blanco 2016

Best Premium Blanco Tequila - 2016

The Fifty Best Blanco Tequila Tasting 2016


The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of fifteen 100% blue agave blanco tequilas with 14 pre-qualified judges. 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 based on 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.



Bohica Blanco

Aroma: Caramel, vanilla, lemon-lime, fruity, agave, floral, jasmine, root vegetables, green olive, herbs, anise, mint, grassy, peppery, peppercorn, faint cocoa, earthy, smoky Mezcal-like.

Palate: Pralines, vanilla, citrus, lemon peel, smoky agave, green olive, green beans, dried herbs, minced herbs, peppery, peppercorn, anise, minty, clean, crisp, creamy, smooth, silky, velvety, rich.

Finish: Cream soda, creamy, citrus, mint, lemongrass, fennel, sweet pepper, roasted pepper, peppery, black pepper, spice, mineral oil, easy, smooth, soft, elegant, great.

Double Gold Medal
   Double Gold medal

   Bohica Blanco Tequila

Peñasco Plata
(Atotonilco El Alto, Jalisco)

Aroma: Vanilla egg cream, nougat, malt syrup, light citrus, lemon-lime, tropical fruit, fig, sweet corn, agave, olive, floral bouquet, dried herbs, roasted herbs, spearmint, grassy, leather, light sandalwood.

Palate: Honey, nougat, praline, creamy, vanilla, lemon-lime, orange, papaya, agave, floral, rose petal, dried herbs, spearmint, grassy, spicy, peppery, mineral, bacon, bourbon wood barrel, smooth, extremely mellow.

Finish: Lemon peel, raisin, buttery, creamy, sweet floral notes, pleasing vegetal, herbal, smooth, nice, balanced.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Peñasco Plata Tequila

Bracero Blanco
(El Arenal, Highlands, Jalisco)

Aroma: Buckwheat honey, honey, toffee, roasted agave, sweet citrus, roasted vegetables, flowers, floral, light pink roses, green tea, herbal, mint, grass, malt, light leather, mineral oil, clean.

Palate: Caramelized sugars, vanilla, creamy, honey, apple, pear, orange, roasted agave, earthy agave, flowers, vegetal, grassy, sandalwood, pepper, tarragon, wet stones, clean, smooth, nicely balanced, great mouthfeel.

Finish: Caramel, toffee, toast, moderately sweet cocoa powder, a kiss of sweet, papaya, citrus, lemon peel, peppery, grass, mineral, clean, smooth, great finish.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

   Bracero Blanco Tequila


Mar Azul Blanco
(Amatitán, Lowlands, Jalisco)

Aroma: Cane sugar, powdered sugar, vanilla, sweet dairy cream, cream soda, buttered popcorn, agave, citrus, lemon-lime, dates, grassy, dried herb, nutmeg, olive brine, tobacco, faint coffee, ash wood.

Palate: Honey, vanilla, buttery, cream, baked apple, apple, pear, lemon-lime, agave, fig, flowers, herbs, coffee, white spice, peppercorn, peppery, earthy, clean, crisp, smooth.

Finish: Toffee, buttery, dried fruit, violet candy, flowers, cactus, olive, coffee, leather, brine, peppery, earthy, smooth, soft.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

   Mar Azul Blanco Tequila

Calavera Blanco
(Tequila, Jalisco)

Aroma: Vanilla, freshly-cut fruit, pineapple, banana, lemon-lime, agave, cactus, dried apple, raisin, floral, grassy, olive, dried herb, parsley, hay, plantains, fresh cut grass, grassy, leather, ash, earthy.

Palate: Buckwheat honey, buttery, whipped cream, vanilla, pear, papaya, pineapple, citrus, lime, tarragon, dried herbs, herbaceous, white pepper, peppery, spicy, anise, spearmint, earthy.

Finish: Nice hint of sweetness, sweet corn, herbal, minty, spearmint, spice, peppery, spicy, a touch grassy, tobacco, crisp, smooth.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Calavera Blanco Tequila

Campeón Silver
(East Highlands, Jalisco)

Aroma: Honey, caramel, fresh whipped cream, baked apple, apple, lemon-lime, banana, plantain, sweet agave, floral, rose, anise, mint, spearmint, sandalwood, hazelnuts, raw pine, tobacco, rested.

Palate: Caramel, toffee, cream soda, powdered sugar, honey, vanilla, green apple, lemon-lime, pineapple, tropical fruit, roasted agave, floral, violet, spearmint, fennel, dried herbs, perfumed, bourbon barrel, drinks like a reposado, smooth, very nice.

Finish: Apple, smooth pear, floral, mint, peppery, tobacco, wet stone, clean, smooth.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

   Campeón Silver Tequila

Maracame Plata
(Arandas, Jalisco)

Aroma: Lime, lemon, citrus, agave, durian, tropical flowers, vegetal, green beans, anise, licorice, peppery, juniper, cedar, charred wood, white birch, wet stone, saline, musty, earthy.

Palate: Caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, sweet cream, cream soda, corn, lemon, peach, floral, herbal, wintergreen, cinnamon, tarragon, basil, anise, cloves, peppery, pink peppercorn, woody followed by earthy, clean, crisp.

Finish: Honey, crème brulee, agave, flowers, anise, mint, cinnamon, lemongrass, tarragon, spicy, peppery, smooth.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Maracame Plata Tequila

Familia Camarena Silver
(Arandas, Jalisco)

Aroma: Toffee, powdered sugar, sweet cream, Juicy Fruit, poached apple, pear, banana, lemon-lime, orange, lightly roasted agave, floral, olive, peppery, anise, mint, grass, wet stone.

Palate: White toffee, bubble gum, whipped cream, creamy vanilla, powdered sugar, rice, very light banana, roasted agave, hot pepper, herbaceous, dried herbs, mossy, wet grass, seaweed, brine, peppery, cinnamon, mint, basil, wet stone.

Finish: Green apple, pear, agave, herbaceous, grassy, peppery, peppermint, black pepper, Sandalwood, ash, nice light pepper, clean, silky, smoothly sweet, lingering mint.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Familia Camarena Silver Tequila

Real Maya Plata
(Tepatitlan de Morelos, Jalisco)

Aroma: Honey, vanilla, café-au-lait, light pear, citrus, lemon, banana, pineapple, subtle agave, spring flowers, fennel, tarragon, anise, very light mint, very light cocoa, smoky, light wood, dusty.

Palate: Praline, toffee, whipped cream, café-au-lait, cream apple, apple, pear, berries, fig, dates, lemon peel, agave, herbs, cinnamon, sweet mint, grassy, spicy, mellow.

Finish: Honey, creamy vanilla, toffee, Juicy Fruit, dried orange, slight peppery, oak, earthy, clean, smooth, flavorful, easy, approachable.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Real Maya Plata Tequila

Dos Armadillos Plata
(Agave: Amatitán, Lowlands, Jalisco / Distillery: Mazamitla, Jal.)

Aroma: Honey, burnt sugar, toffee, cream, banana cream pie, sweet apple, black cherries, lime, lemon, grapefruit peel, plantain, light grassy, sweet grass, mint, peppery.

Palate: Vanilla bean, creamy, banana, berries, peppery fruit, agave, grassy, herbs, mint, spice, jalapeno, peppercorn, clean, crisp, smooth.

Finish: Honey, vanilla, burnt cream, dates, fig, fruity, cocoa, toast, nutty, herbal, cinnamon, slightly spicy, pepper, woody, nice, delicious.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Dos Armadillos Plata Tequila

Baluarte Blanco
(Los Altos, Jalisco)

Aroma: Toffee, milk chocolate, bitter chocolate, cream, café-au-lait, powdered sugar, cream soda, lime, fig, sweet agave, light vegetal, grassy, light fennel, cinnamon, licorice, sandalwood, delicate, fresh, clean, crisp.

Palate: White toffee, caramel, pear, papaya, green apple, lemon, flowers, lavender, olive, grassy, dried herbs, sage, herbaceous, anise, fennel, mint, nutmeg, cinnamon, Graham cracker, peppery, peppercorn. white pepper, mineral, very smooth.

Finish: Buckwheat honey, buttery, apple, pineapple, earthy agave, sandalwood, herbal, spicy, peppery, leather, smooth, complex.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Baluarte Blanco Tequila


Pasote Blanco
(Jesus Maria, Jalisco)

Aroma: Lemon-lime, fresh cut grass, dried herbs, green beans, red pepper, green pepper, vegetal, sandalwood, licorice, fennel seeds, fresh herbs, birch wood, wet moss, earthy, ash, tobacco smoke.

Palate: Honey, cane sugar, cream soda, apple, green apple, orange peel, dried potato, green beans, green pepper, vegetal, green olive, cut grass, spinach, dried herbs, licorice, fennel, clove, peppercorns, wet stones, moss, woody.

Finish: Light citrus, herbaceous, wintergreen, licorice, vegetal, nutty, peppery, spicy, light toast, earthy, oak, smooth, rich.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Pasote Blanco Tequila

Excellia Blanco
(Highlands, Los Altos)

Aroma: Papaya, banana, honeydew, green apple, lemon, Juicy Fruit gum, grassy, floral, rose petals, green olive, red pepper, nutmeg, mint, cola.

Palate: White toffee, caramel, praline, nougat, pear, banana, tropical fruit, lemongrass, flower, herb, tarragon, black olive, light anise, pepper, white pepper, mint, spearmint, tarragon, new wood, woodsy.

Finish: Citrus, peppery, herb, herbaceous, fennel, grassy, white pepper, leather, oak, clean, complex, smooth, very silky finish.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Excellia Blanco Tequila

Azuñia Blanco
(Amatitán, Lowlands, Jalisco)

Aroma: Candied fruits, papaya, pineapple, lime, citrus, agave, herb, vegetal, cumin, peppery, subtle coffee.

Palate: Creamy, sweet dried fruit, citrus, flowers, herbs, spearmint, grassy fennel, grass, green olive, green pepper, pepper, jalapeno, tree pine, wormwood, stone.

Finish: Lemon peel, bitter herbal, anise, licorice, spicy, peppery, peppercorn, leather, clean, long, smooth.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Azuñia Blanco Tequila

Hacienda Vieja Blanco
(Arandas, Jalisco)

Aroma: Vanilla, citrus, lemon-lime, fig, almond, spearmint, corn, roasted rice, Japanese rice tea, creamy, stone, musty, earthy, wood barrel.

Palate: Lemon peel, citrus, sour apple, pear, flower, herb, anise, pine nuts, cereal grains, roasted rice, buckwheat, wet grains, mineral, pepper, peppercorn, spicy, teakwood, oak.

Finish: Honey, raisin, surprisingly spicy, peppery, woody, wet moss, oak, soft, smooth.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Hacienda Vieja Blanco Tequila



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