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2013 Brands of Promise Awards: Overproof

2013 Overproof Awards

Most spirits you’ll find in the United States markets are 80 Proof (or 40% Alcohol By Volume) but some brands will create an overproof spirit that is aimed at the beverage industry and mixologists.  Two classic tequilas were in the running in the 2013 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Overproof Awards.

Brands of Promise Winners Please Note

We do not charge an entry fee to be considered for the Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Awards, nor do we charge licensing fees for the winners. Winners are encouraged to download high resolution images for their awards by clicking on the thumbnails below. We encourage you to use them in your websites, brochures, social media, shelf talkers, point of sale materials, etc. Each of your reviews received a QR code that you are welcome to use as well as the QR code below which links directly to the Brands of Promise award broadcast in which you won.

Tapatio 110

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Tapatio 110 is the 2013 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Gold Medal winner in the Overproof category.

Itap110mported by: Marko Karakasevic Distributed by: Jeff Couch and Vaughn Halyard, the co-partners of Congenial Spirits. Carlos Camarena, the third generation master distiller of El Tesoro de Don Felipe and the equally famous and classic Tequila Tapatío was given the red carpet treatment he deserved when Tequila Tapatio finally made its way to the United States. Read the full story here. After 75 years of distilling in Arandas and sales across Mexico, the venerable Tapatio Tequila has arrived in the US. YES – it’s the same Tequila Tapatio you met & loved in Mexico! Distiller Carlos Camarena has developed cult like status with Tequila lovers with the quality and integrity of his hard to obtain Tapatio brand. It stands alone with its pure classic flavor profile of 100% Blue Agave Tequila from the highlands. Why is it so loved? Tapatio sets the bar for the old authentic flavor that is disappearing in modern Tequilas. Respected author, Robert Plotkin, of Bar Media and a respected Tequila writer, wrote: “Wow, Tapatio…I’m already salivating”. The Camarena Family distills 100% estate grown blue agaves. Many know the family distillery through El Tesoro and other custom Tequilas. Charbay’s father and son team distilled their Tequila there. That’s the friendship that brought Tapatio to America. True Tequila aficionados and star bartenders make the trek to Camarena’s La Altena Distillery in Arandas as a right of passage into the old Tequila world. Enlightened by Tapatio’s intriguing flavor profile, many tried to find a way to get it in the US. It took the friendship & trust of two distilling families to make it happen. Charbay Distillers is the exclusive USA Importer of the Tapatio brand. Suggested Retail: $34.00/ 1 Liter Bottle

Presently Available in the following states:

  • California (MK Spirits)
  • New York (Martin Scott)
  • New Jersey (Martin Scott)
  • Nevada (SWS)
  • Missouri (Vintegrity)
  • New Jersey (Martin Scott)
  • Florida (Vinecraft)
  • Texas (Virtuoso)
  • Maryland (Bacchus)
  • Wisconsin (Los Altos Agave Distributors)

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Cabeza

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Cabeza is the 2013 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Silver Medal winner in the Overproof category.

 

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2013 Brands of Promise Awards: Legacy

2013 Legacy Awards

Some tequilas are so legendary that they belong in a class all by themselves.  In 2013, Tequila Aficionado was lucky enough to finally witness the importation of two such amazing tequilas into the United States.  The 2013 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Legacy Awards have been created specifically to honor these brands that represent the best of agave spirits.

Brands of Promise Winners Please Note

We do not charge an entry fee to be considered for the Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Awards, nor do we charge licensing fees for the winners. Winners are encouraged to download high resolution images for their awards by clicking on the thumbnails below. We encourage you to use them in your websites, brochures, social media, shelf talkers, point of sale materials, etc. Each of your reviews received a QR code that you are welcome to use as well as the QR code below which links directly to the Brands of Promise award broadcast in which you won.

Tapatio

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Imported by: Marko Karakasevic

Distributed by: Jeff Couch and Vaughn Halyard, the co-partners of Congenial Spirits.

Carlos Camarena, the third generation master distiller of El Tesoro de Don Felipe and the equally famous and classic Tequila Tapatío was given the red carpet treatment he deserved when Tequila Tapatio finally made its way to the United States.  Read the full story here.

After 75 years of distilling in Arandas and sales across Mexico, the venerable Tapatio Tequila has arrived in the US.

YES – it’s the same Tequila Tapatio you met & loved in Mexico!GOLD 2013, brands of promise

Distiller Carlos Camarena has developed cult like status with Tequila lovers with the quality and integrity of his hard to obtain Tapatio brand. It stands alone with its pure classic flavor profile of 100% Blue Agave Tequila from the highlands.

Why is it so loved? Tapatio sets the bar for the old authentic flavor that is disappearing in modern Tequilas. Respected author, Robert Plotkin, of Bar Media and a respected Tequila writer, wrote: “Wow, Tapatio…I’m already salivating”.

The Camarena Family distills 100% estate grown blue agaves. Many know the family distillery through El Tesoro and other custom Tequilas. Charbay’s father and son team distilled their Tequila there. That’s the friendship that brought Tapatio to America.

True Tequila aficionados and star bartenders make the trek to Camarena’s La Altena Distillery in Arandas as a right of passage into the old Tequila world. Enlightened by Tapatio’s intriguing flavor profile, many tried to find a way to get it in the US. It took the friendship & trust of two distilling families to make it happen.

Charbay Distillers is the exclusive USA Importer of the Tapatio brand.

Suggested Retail: $34.00/ 1 Liter Bottle

Presently Available in the following states:

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  • California (MK Spirits)
  • New York (Martin Scott)
  • New Jersey (Martin Scott)
  • Nevada (SWS)
  • Missouri (Vintegrity)
  • New Jersey (Martin Scott)
  • Florida (Vinecraft)
  • Texas (Virtuoso)
  • Maryland (Bacchus)
  • Wisconsin (Los Altos Agave Distributors)

 

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Viva Mexico

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The Awards Show Isn’t Over!

Congratulations to the Winners

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Our first annual Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Awards have been presented for Blancos, Reposados and Anejos, but we aren’t stopping there!  There’s more to tequila culture than just three expressions.  The  Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Awards cover more than just the basics!  Coming up, we have the Legacy Award, awards for best Overproof, Organic, Infused, Liqueurs, and more!

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The Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Awards were our response to a secondary industry that has sprouted up around awards programs in the spirits industry.  In a very much pay-to-play world where large sums of money are involved in entering today’s contests and even more is required of winners in licensing fees to use the award logos on marketing, online and point of sale materials, we felt it was time that something change.

What Makes Brands of Promise Different

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We do not charge an entry fee to be considered for the Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Awards, nor do we charge licensing fees for the winners to use the Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise seal.  You take your award with you as soon as you’ve won it.  Winners simply download the high resolution images for their awards by clicking on the thumbnails here at www.TequilaAficionado.com.  We encourage winners to use them on their websites, brochures, social media, shelf talkers, and point of sale materials.  We even provide a high resolution QR Code with the award seal on it that links directly to the award presentation.  (In case you haven’t noticed, each of our Sipping Off The Cuff reviews receives a QR code that brands are always welcome to use online and in their marketing and packaging materials which links directly to their Sipping Off The Cuff review.)  

Are You in the Running in 2014?

If you haven’t sent us your samples yet, what are you waiting for?  Every tequila, mezcal, sotol and related product that we review this year will be considered for the 2014 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Awards.  Isn’t it time the world knew about your product?  Email Mike@TequilaAficionado.com for instructions on how to send your samples in for review.  All it costs is your postage.

Look for the continuation of the 2013 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Awards tomorrow!

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2013 Brands of Promise Award Winning Anejos

Brands of Promise Winners Please Note

We do not charge an entry fee to be considered for the Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Awards, nor do we charge licensing fees for the winners. Winners are encouraged to download high resolution images for their awards by clicking on the thumbnails below. We encourage you to use them in your websites, brochures, social media, shelf talkers, point of sale materials, etc. Each of your reviews received a QR code that you are welcome to use as well as the QR code below which links directly to the Brands of Promise award broadcast in which you won.

 

Amor Mio Anejo

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Amor Mio is the 2013 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Gold Medal winner in the Anejo category.

Tequila Amor Mío was conceived from the idea of spreading this to the world, using two words and a product that consists of everything that Mexico brings about and is made of. The bottle is a blend of the art of glass blowing and pottery, two typical handcrafts recognized within the nation and worldwide, while its content is Mexico’s most popular drink: tequila, which, in turn, represents the country’s history. This is how Tequila Amor Mío was born.

And because of this Tequila Amor Mío is much more than history, art and tradition: it is a symbol of love for Mexico.

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Suerte Anejo

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Suerte is the 2013 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Silver Medal winner in the Anejo category.

Suerte Añejo rests in White Oak bourbon barrels for 24 months, twice as long as the industry standard.  A complex and full-bodied flavor is sure to please all palates.  A moderate oak presence, with hints of berry, chocolate, and mint complement the underlying essence of the Agave.  We recommend you serve Suerte Añejo in a wine glass and enjoy in the company of good friends.

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Toro Dorado Anejo

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Toro Dorado is the 2013 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Bronze Medal winner in the Anejo category.

Añejo: our vintage batch. Aged in government-sealed barrels of no more than 350 liters for a minimum of a year to up to eight or ten, our Toro Dorado AЦejo is highly sophisticated, masterfully-crafted, and designed for slow, contemplative sipping.

 

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2013 Brands of Promise Award Winning Reposados

Brands of Promise Winners Please Note

We do not charge an entry fee to be considered for the Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Awards, nor do we charge licensing fees for the winners. Winners are encouraged to download high resolution images for their awards by clicking on the thumbnails below. We encourage you to use them in your websites, brochures, social media, shelf talkers, point of sale materials, etc. Each of your reviews received a QR code that you are welcome to use as well as the QR code below which links directly to the Brands of Promise award broadcast in which you won.

Montejima Aged

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Montejima Aged is the 2013 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Gold Medal winner in the Reposado category.

This 100% agave tequila from La Cofradia distillery is a tequila of great luminosity, transparency and brilliance with golden tones and great body. Fruity notes in the aroma, a pleasant balance of vanilla, which feels both elegant and harmonious.

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Amor Mio Reposado

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Amor Mio is the 2013 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Silver Medal winner in the Reposado category.

Tequila Amor Mío was conceived from the idea of spreading this to the world, using two words and a product that consists of everything that Mexico brings about and is made of. The bottle is a blend of the art of glass blowing and pottery, two typical handcrafts recognized within the nation and worldwide, while its content is Mexico’s most popular drink: tequila, which, in turn, represents the country’s history. This is how Tequila Amor Mío was born.

And because of this Tequila Amor Mío is much more than history, art and tradition: it is a symbol of love for Mexico.

 

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Suerte Reposado

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Suerte is the 2013 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Bronze Medal winner in the Reposado category.

Suerte Reposado rests in White Oak bourbon barrels for 7 months.  This magnificent spirit highlights the master distillers craft by exhibiting a perfect balance of resting time, oak, and pure Agave.  With a robust bouquet of aromas, subtle plum, butterscotch, and oak notes, Suerte Reposado is nothing short of liquid bliss.  Enjoy it neat, on the rocks, or in an authentic margarita.

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