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Montezuma’s Legacy-
Best Premium Blanco Tequila - 2013

According to the Distilled Spirits Council's sales data, Tequila is one of the fastest growing spirits categories in the U.S., having grown at an average rate of 5.5% a year since 2002 with 12.3 million cases of Tequila sold last year. There are well over 750 different tequila brands currently being produced in Mexico.

TheFiftyBest.com held a private tasting with 16 judges experiencing 30 blancos. All tequilas were 100% blue agave. The judging panel included spirits journalists, bartenders, chefs, restaurateurs and tequila aficionados.

 

The Great Tequila Tasting 2013 - Blanco

 

Tasting Method: Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. The blanco tequilas were served "blind". Each were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at slightly above room temperature. Only ice water and neutral unflavored, unsalted bar snacks were available to cleanse the palate. The judges tasted through 4 flights of 7 tequilas plus 1 flight of 2 tequilas; with food served during a rest period after the second flight.

Impressions of each individual product were written down by the judges 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. Due to the judges' unusually high scores for this blanco tequila tasting, there were no Bronze medals awarded. The tasting notes are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated.

History: Like Mexican culture itself, Tequila is the result of a creative encounter between two worlds, although it is likely that Mexicans would not be inclined to refer to it as creative as much as confrontational, an imposition and, reluctantly, a conquering. The ancient indigenous peoples of this romantic country drank the fermented juice of the agave in the same way that Europeans drank beer or wine. In colonial times, the Spanish came, they saw, and they introduced the distillation process to obtain the liquor now known as Tequila. It may be referred to in some circles as Montezuma's Legacy, but the fact of the matter is that it was crafted and refined by the Spanish who, while spreading their culture, were intent upon maintaining their love of intemperance and serious drinking.

AgaveHow Tequila is Made: Tequila is a spirit made by fermenting and distilling the juice of the Weber Blue Agave plant. If you are getting ready for that next tasting party at your home or simply are desirous of furthering your education about Tequila, know that it takes 8 to 10 years for a blue agave plant to reach maturity. It is grown in an officially delimited region of west-central Mexico in the five states of Jalisco, Nayarit, Tamaulipas, Guanajuato, and Michoacán. The blue agave, contrary to what many are led to believe, is not part of the cactus family, so stop looking around the deserts of Arizona to impress those traveling with you. Mezcal, interestingly enough, is the Aztec word for the agave plant but it is not a Tequila, although Mezcal comes from the agave plant it is from outside the delimited area. All Tequila is mezcal, but not all Mezcal is Tequila.


The juice-filled cores are then harvested, trimmed, cut in quarters, baked in steam ovens until their starch converts to sugar, at which point they are pumped into fermentation tanks and combined with cane sugar and yeast. So much for the calorie count. The more sugar that is added (up to 49% of the mixture) the less pungent the Tequila will be. Sugar is never added to the fermentation of 100% blue agave tequilas. If it doesn't say 100% agave, it can still be called “tequila”, but it’s considered a “mixto”.

All Tequilas are double distilled in pot stills (a few utilize a triple distillation, and several use a continuous still), and the second distillation converts the liquor into clean, white high-proof spirit. This Tequila is filtered and its alcohol strength adjusted with demineralized water that brings it to its bottling proof, (usually 80). The end product must be - make that should be - at least 51% derived from that plant, although most bottles will be labeled 100%.

 

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Types of Tequila:
- Blanco, (also referred to as White, Silver, and Plata) is colorless, with little or no aging. Blancos are usually bottled right after distillation, and are a great choice for mixed drinks. Blanco Tequila comprises about 86% of the Mexican market.
- Joven (or Suave or Gold) is un-aged Tequila to which select cane sugar or caramels have been added for that tawny color you occasionally see (mixtos). Jovens can also be a blend of blanco and reposado Tequilas, and allowed to settle in the tanks for a few weeks before bottling. They are also perfect for mixed drinks and tend to taste a little sweeter than Blanco.
- Reposado is aged in wood tanks or barrels for at least two months, but no longer than one year, as required by the Mexican government. Many reposados average six months.
- Añejo must have at least one year in wood. Each distillery has its own preference for the type of barrel used in aging. Most are made from French oak or white oak. It is proper to order an Añejo straight up, and sip it slowly so it can best be enjoyed.
- The newest classification is Extra-Añejo, which are aged for more than 3 years.
- All tequilas start out as Blanco, with portions set aside for aging.

 

The word "tequila" is owned by the Mexican government. Tequila labels usually bear the letters- NOM (Norma Official Mexicana) which are the initials of the Mexican government agency and serves as a quality seal to verify that the Tequila conforms to the laws and standards governing tequila production. Examine the bottle's label for it. In general, 100% agave means better quality, flavour, taste & purity, with no additives. In 1995, 100% agave represented only 15% of the entire production of tequilas. Today, 100% agave tequilas represent more than 50% of the total production. So you can see were the trend is going.

 

The Art of Tasting Tequila: The Tequila Shake- Don’t swirl, place your hand over the mouth of the glass and shake the liquid to release its aroma. Drink at room temperature to judge the products properly.

 

TASTING RESULTS (Blanco/ Plata/Silver):



Bonita Platinum



DOUBLE-GOLD MEDAL WINNERS:

Bonita

Nose: Vanilla, butter, agave, herbal, fresh cut grass, anise, spicy, jalapeño.
Palate: Mint, eucalyptus, licorice, fruity, butter, cream, nougat, pepper, grass, agave, smooth, fresh, well-balanced.
Finish: Fresh mint, peppery, spicy, smooth, mellow.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Mañana

Nose: Mint, agave, slight citrus, fig, green beans, apple pie.
Palate: Spearmint, creamy vanilla, toffee, tropical flowers, bit of orange, hot pepper, wood barrel.
Finish: Oaky, wood, spicy, smooth, clean, rich, long.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Mañana



Suerte



Suerte

Nose: Citrus, Sprite, fruity, faint agave, minty, spearmint, pepper, capers, olive, pleasant.
Palate: Caramel, sweet vanilla, hint of cherry, pear, apple, floral, pepper, wooden barrel, toast.
Finish: Mint, slight herbs, sweet, tropical flowers, clean, nice, even.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Z

Nose: Spearmint, citrus, honeysuckle, agave, bison grass, grassy.
Palate: Agave, grass, mint, fennel, pepper, warm butter, vanilla, toast, oaky, earthy, coffee.
Finish: Hot peppercorns, figs, dates, mineral, crisp, long.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Z



Milagro Single Barrel Reserve



Milagro Single Barrel Reserve

Nose: Faint caramel, vanilla, chocolate, banana, pepper, jalapeño, grass.
Palate: Mint, caramel, honey, vanilla, creamy, buttermilk, cream soda, chocolate, pepper.
Finish: Wood barrel, jalapeño, spice, creamy, smooth, well-rounded.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Riazul

Nose: Espresso, spearmint, lemon, mild citrus, caramel, cream soda, vanilla, banana, pepper, grass.
Palate: Cappuccino, creamy vanilla, nougat, sweet cream, honey, rich chocolate, pear, citrus, mint, grass, pepper, ultra-smooth.
Finish: Citrus, lemon, fig, vanilla, coffee, clean, dry, fresh, smooth, mellow.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Riazul Silver



Corralejo



Corralejo

Nose: Light agave, citrus, caramel, vanilla, peppercorn, anise, bay rum, mineral.
Palate: Peppercorn, roasted pepper, pepper, jalapeño, butter, creamy, vanilla, floral, earthy.
Finish: Spice, smooth, clean, silky, long.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS:

Karma

Nose: Slight pineapple, melon, dates, vanilla, faint caramel, chocolate, agave.
Palate: Mint, toffee, caramel, sandalwood, herbal, cinnamon, even pepper, light, unreal smooth.
Finish: Minty, toasted agave, soft, smooth, nice slow fade.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Karma Silver


Revolución Silver Organic



Revolución Silver Organic

Nose: Coffee, Golden Graham, caramel, molasses, herbs, spearmint, agave.
Palate: Cocoa, toffee, creamy, buttery, berries, almond, cactus sugar, mint, pepper, new wood, smooth.
Finish: Minty, peppery, woody, smooth.

Gold Medal
Gold medal


Don Weber

Nose: Soft citrus notes, tropical fruits, fresh cut grass, soft peppercorn, cream, buttery, nutty.
Palate: Tropical fruit, citrus, pear, cola, toffee, vanilla, cream soda, caramel, nutty, smoke, earthy, floral, agave, pepper.
Finish: Cream soda, citrus notes, grassy, clean, fresh, smooth, slow fade.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Don Weber


Semental Silver



Semental

Nose: Toffee, fruity, plantain, agave, vague butter.
Palate: Sweet cream, minty, agave, grassy, anise, jalapeño, pepper, white pepper, herbs, cinnamon, sandalwood, nutty, woody, earthy..
Finish: Earthy, soil, spicy, complex, smooth, mild, long.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Revolución Silver 100° Proof

Nose: Café au lait, vanilla, cream soda, caramel, hazelnut, floral, pepper, citrus.
Palate: Coffee essence, spearmint blast, licorice, anise, pepper, sweet pepper, spicy, wood, tart, so smooth.
Finish: White pepper, spicy, wood, heavy tanins, dry, smooth, long.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Revolución Silver 100 Proof


Talero



Talero
Organic

Nose: Citrus, light agave, herbs, cream soda.
Palate: Hot pepper, spicy, peppery, white pepper, anise, hint of caramel, creamy, honey, sweet vanilla, figs, berries, flowers, olive.
Finish: Coffee, espresso, black pepper, clean, crisp, medium-long.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Mi Casa

Nose: Caramel, butter, creamy, vanilla, Golden Grahams, toffee, cola, banana, minty, agave, clean.
Palate: Caramel, cream, big mint, eucalyptus, toasted wood, peppercorn, big pepper mid/back palate, well-balanced.
Finish: Nice agave, soft, smooth.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Mi Casa


Herradura Silver



Herradura

Nose: Faint pepper, nutty, toffee, cotton candy, citrus, lemon, pear, subdued agave, bread, toast.
Palate: Strong pepper, anise, figs, citrus, almond, honey, marzipan, pear eau de vie, eucalyptus, agave, earthy.
Finish: Citrus notes, spicy, black pepper, jalapeño, very fresh, smooth.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Dos Lunas

Nose: Caramel, buttery, molasses, faint toasted agave, fruity, vegetative, cut grass, floral.
Palate: Honey, vanilla, butter, creamy, toast, pineapple, papaya, fig, dates, agave, grass, tangy.
Finish: Creamy, spicy, smooth, easy, mild.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Dos Lunas


Campeón



Campeón

Nose: Spearmint, lemon, grassy, green pepper, earthy, welcoming.
Palate: Cream soda, cola, dates, cherry, currants, sour citrus, grassy, fennel, agave, nuts, toasted almonds, strong pepper.
Finish: Molasses, pepper, spice, soft, dry, clean, elegant, long.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Los Arango

Nose: Agave, grassy, tropical flowers, faint.
Palate: Caramel, nougat, butterscotch, honeyed herb, pepper, mint, woody, tobacco, mild.
Finish: Vanilla, pepper, tobacco, clean, smooth, spicy into fade.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Los Arango


Muerto Plata



Muerto

Nose: Pineapple, banana, apple, faint lemon, lightly floral, slight mint, sweet, tobacco, leather, woody.
Palate: Roasted pepper, pepper, creamy vanilla, caramel, nougat, fig, anise, licorice, almond, sandalwood, earthy, dangerously smooth.
Finish: Touch of pineapple, clean, balanced, mellow, even, long.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Toro de Lidia

Nose: Lemon notes, faint butter, agave, pine, slightly grassy.
Palate: Flowers, light citrus, caramel, praline, almond, sandalwood, toast, spicy, pepper, jalapeño, wine barrel wood, smooth.
Finish: Minty, peppery, toasted sugar, smooth, long.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Toro de Lidia


Quinta de Gomez Blanco



Quinta de Gomez
Certified Organic and Kosher

Nose: Strong agave, floral, sour apple cider, earthy, jalapeño, peppery.
Palate: Agave, grassy, fennel, ginger, peppercorn, pepper, spice, oily, even, smooth.
Finish: Olive, pepper, cactus, spicy, dry, long even fade.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Excellia

Nose: Faint tropical fruit, bubble gum, vanilla, corn, licorice, pine, agave.
Palate: Caramel, honey, butter, creamy, licorice, fennel, citrus, floral, rye, herbaceous, peppery, smoky, smooth.
Finish: Orange peel, butter, licorice, spice, clean, smooth, well-balanced.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Excellia Blanco


Cabeza



Cabeza

Nose: Bell pepper, melon, rose petals, agave, licorice, caramel, praline.
Palate: Tropical fruit, buttery, pepper, spicy, fennel, anise, almost minty, pine, grass.
Finish: Fennel, peppery, spicy, nice, clean, even.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Don Roberto

Nose: Banana, cherry, grape, pear, nutty, strong agave, licorice.
Palate: Caramel, honey, butter, citrus, pear, fruit, grappa, sake, floral, nutty, pepper.
Finish: Creamy, spicy, soft, smooth, light.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Don Roberto


Embajador



Embajador

Nose: Light citrus, agave, mint, olives, earthy, nutty.
Palate: Red pepper, peppercorn, spicy, fennel, herbal, sandalwood, warm butter, vanilla, distinctive.
Finish: Red pepper, spicy, agave, smooth, mellow, long.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Milagro Silver

Nose: Vegetal, faint agave, sweet caramel, vanilla, creamy, cream soda, mint.
Palate: Vanilla, caramel, nougat, hints of pepper, green olive, grassy, floral, jasmine, lighter than water, smoky, smooth, rich, creamy.
Finish: Cream soda, peppery, smooth, soft, clean, crisp, elegant.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Milagro Silver


El Jimador Blanco



SILVER MEDAL WINNERS:

El Jimador

Nose: Fennel, citrus, fruity, pepper, herbaceous.
Palate: Buttery, butterscotch, sweet cream, toast, pepper, spice, sandalwood, agave.
Finish: Pear, smooth, crisp, dry, long.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Dulce Vida Organic
100° proof

Nose: Spearmint, light agave, earthy, herbal, vanilla, caramel, toffee, cream soda, latte.
Palate: Butter, cola, floral, sandalwood, agave, anise, grassy, peppercorn, spice, late pepper, smooth.
Finish: Grassy, dry, crisp, light, smooth, lingers.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Dulce Vida Organic


4 Copas Organic



4 Copas Organic

Nose: Apple, grapes, figs, citrus, floral, faint agave.
Palate: Spearmint, citrus, toast, pepper, spice, herbs, minty, creamy, vanilla, oak.
Finish: Red pepper, woody, dry, crisp, medium-long.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Luna Nueva

Nose: Caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream soda, honey, mint, melon, prickly pear, peppery.
Palate: Papaya, caramel, butterscotch, tarragon, pepper, anise, agave, mineral, toast, creamy, smooth.
Finish: Toasted marshmallow. clean, smooth, mellow, even.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Luna Nueva Silver

 

 

 

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Comments and Suggestions:

 
Sat. June 1, 2013 10:27 AM - by: Judi King
Try BooYa Tequila - Fantastic!
 
 
Sat. June 1, 2013 7:10 AM - by: HIPPLITO GUTIERREZ
GRACIAS POR SU INFORMACION
 
 


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