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Best Premium Tequila (Añejo)

There are well over 1000 different tequilas currently being produced in Mexico. Since our last tasting, tequila’s popularity has exploded with new brands, signature cocktails, and the ever-increasing interest in premium reposados and añejos.

TheFiftyBest.com held a private tasting with 25 people experiencing 19 añejos. All tequilas were 100% blue agave. The tasters included wine and spirits journalists, bartenders, and tequila aficionados.

 

The Fifty Best Tequila Tasting - Añejo

 

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 añejo 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. Double-Gold, Gold and Silver medals are awarded based on a set range of final point scores received from the judges. The tasting notes are summaries of the judges’ opinions. Prices quoted are for 750ml sizes. Prices will vary by state and do not include sales tax.

TASTING RESULTS (Añejo Tequila):

 

DOUBLE-GOLD MEDAL WINNERS:

1. Riazul - $74
Double distilled, estate grown
Premium Blue Weber Agave.

Smooth, fruit, vanilla, caramel, honey, buttery, spice, cinnamon, woody, delicate, licorice, pepper, hazelnut, scotch-like, stellar.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Riazul
Nobleza

2. Two-Way Tie- Nobleza - $50
Double distilled,
straight from the still to the bottle.

Vanilla, smoke, sweet, fruit, brown sugar, caramel, almond, delicate, light, peppery, spicy, woody, complex, balanced, multi-layered, lovely, smooth finish.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Tequila 55 - $40

Vanilla, cream, cinnamon, spice, caramel, fruit, citrus, wine grape, apples, dried fruit, lemon zest, butterscotch, nutty, smoky, leather, pepper, smooth, complex.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Tequila 55
Don Eduardo

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

Caramel, smoky, pepper, wood, cedar, oak, spicy, tropical fruit, sweet, soft, tangy, long finish, awesome.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Tres Generaciones - $41

Smooth, creamy, rosy, jalapeño, peppery, citrusy, balanced, delicious.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Tres Generaciones
Cazadores

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS:

Cazadores - $36

Woody, spicy, sweet, vanilla, butter, lime, oak. complex.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Chinaco - $45

Honey, dried fruit, caramel, sweet, smoky, oaky, cognac-like.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Chinaco
Hornitos

Hornitos - $32
Double distilled.

Spicy, sweet, caramel, butterscotch, citrus, melon, peppery, woody, malt, scotch-like, nice finish.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Tres Agaves - $40
Ultra slow filtration.

Smooth, caramel, sweet, spicy, butterscotch, floral, rosemary, smoky, multi-layered, a straight flush.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Tres Agaves
Campo Azul

Campo Azul- $35

Caramel, smoky, honey, vanilla, spice, hint of smoke, rose, smooth, peppery finish.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Semental- $60

Nice spice, oranges, sweet, hint of wood, earthy, oaky, peppery, long finish.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Semental
Cabo Wabo

Cabo Wabo - $40

Spicy, sweet, vanilla, rose, tapioca, buttery, fruity, lime, citrus notes, smooth, earthy, long finish.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

 

 

SILVER MEDAL WINNERS:

Chamucos - $62
Double distilled.

Honey, sweet, vanilla, clover, pineapple, hint of pepper, grass, lavender, smoky, earthy, cognac-like, woody, herbaceous.

Silver Medal
  Silver medal

El Tesoro - $50
Triple distilled.

Woody, earthy, spicy, nutty, coffee, tobacco, pepper, sweet, vanilla, orange, banana, ginger, well-rounded, smooth finish.

Silver Medal
  Silver medal

Antiguo - $35

Spicy, floral, lightly sweet, fruity, orange, lemon-lime, apricot, smoky, soft, nice finish.

Silver Medal
  silver medal

El Jimador - $40

Vanilla, honey, orange, lemony, spice, caramel, oaky, cherry-chocolate, bourbon, cake, woody, smooth, light finish.

Silver Medal
  Silver medal

Avion - $48

Spicy, woody, peach, vanilla, hint of caramel, grassy, sweet, nutty, balanced, smooth, grapa-like.

Silver Medal
  Silver medal

Corzo - $50
Double distilled.

Smooth, honey, spice, lime, apricot, caramel, peppery, slightly smoky, nice wood.

Silver Medal
  Silver medal

Herradura - $42

Cinnamon, spicy, fruity, vanilla, butterscotch, woody, dried fruit, tangy, chewy, scotch-like, smooth.

Silver Medal
  Silver medal

 

 

 

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