Tequila Aficionado Highlights 2018 with the Brands of Promise© Awards

Female Master Distillers Dominate in Distinct

Agave Spirits Categories

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Tequila Aficionado Media 2018 Brands of Promise© Awards

January, 15, 2019, San Antonio, TXOn Monday, January 14, Tequila Aficionado Highlights 2018 with the Brands of Promise© Awards https://wp.me/p3u1xi-64U2019, in a LIVE Facebook Premier broadcast, Tequila Aficionado Media capped off a busy 2018 with its esteemed Sixth Annual Brands of Promise© Awards, acknowledging worthwhile labels of Tequila, Mezcal, Bacanora and other assorted agave distillates.

What a Year!

In a year that saw the rousing success of the 2018 Great Festival Chase Tour, and an earlier than normal deadline for submissions to the Brands Of Promise©, it still took Tequila Aficionado’s eight separate tasters or “Tequila Jockeys” in the US and the UK to determine the winners in each category.

Among the most notable of Tequila Aficionado Media’s 2018 Brands of Promise© Award recipients were…

Maracame tequila which swept Platinum accolades in the Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo branches achieving Best-in-Show recognition.

Giggling Marlin snagged the Extra Anejo bracket with a Gold award, while the stalwart 3 Amigos brand scored the same in the Value tequila classification.

The burgeoning Crystalino tequila category was easily dominated by Louie Vuitton Moet Hennessy’s newest creation, Volcan de mi Tierra, a collaboration with renowned Master Distiller, Ana Maria Romero Mena.

Boss Ladies

The wide variety of agave spirits brought to market by female trailblazers in sub-categories was given thoughtful consideration from Tequila Aficionado Media’s 2018 Brands Of Promise©.

Leading the way was Bacanora Boss Lady, Adriana Torres with a Gold for her gateway, Pascola Bacanora.

Windy City entrepreneur and chef, Sheetal Baghat, garnered Gold with her cinnamon and cumin infused mixto, Spice Note tequila.

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For only the second time in recent spirits competition history, tequila producer Melly Barajas managed three distinct tequilas on the shelves in 2018.

Ms. Barajas bagged the lioness’ share of hardware with Vikera and TC Craft tequilas, ensuring herself Distiller of the Year honors.

Innovators

Tequila Aficionado Highlights 2018 with the Brands of Promise© Awards https://wp.me/p3u1xi-64UPioneering distiller, Martin Grassl, along with India’s famed native spirits impresario Desmond Nazareth, captured a Gold medal in Agave Spirits with their Porfidio Single 100% Agave Americana Edition.

Obscure brand Onilikan procured three Golds in Aguardiente, Aguardiente infused with fruit, and Mexican gin, all produced from Blue Weber Agave outside of the Denomination of Origin of tequila.

A battle royale resulted in a tie for Organic Blanco tequila.  Texas-based Ryno, and a resubmission from 2017, Juan More Time, now with an Organic Certification, each scored a Gold.  Both are produced at the Las Americas distillery (NOM 1480).

Lastly, the Mezcal sector was completely disrupted by upstart Cuentacuentos when it unanimously received 4 Gold citations in Ancestral and Artesanal mezcals distilled from different agave.

About the Brands of Promise©–Changing the Game

The Tequila Aficionado Media Brands of Promise© Awards were our response to a secondary industry that has sprouted up around awards programs for spirits.

Agave Spirits brands that Tequila Aficionado Media reviews for FREE each year could qualify to be a Brands of Promise© nominee–at NO COST.

In a very much pay-to-play world, Tequila Aficionado Media has changed the game.

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For a complete list of nominees, winners, and video awards presentation, click here.  To enter your tequila, mezcal, sotol, raicilla, bacanora or other agave spirit or related product in the coveted 2019 Brands of Promise© Awards, email mike@tequilaaficionado.com , NOW!

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2018 Brands of Promise Winners Announced

Tequila Aficionado Media is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Brands of Promise Awards in all categories:

 

 

Agave Spirit

Award

Porfidio Single 100% Agave Americana Edition [India] (S3xA) [40% ABV, 80 proof]Gold

Aguardiente from Blue Agave (Distilled from Agave Spirit)

Onilikan Aguardiente de Agave Azul (80 proof, 40% ABV)Gold

Aguardiente from Fruit

Onilikan Spirit distilled from Mango (80 proof, 40% ABV)Gold

Bacanora

Pascola B, R, A (42% ABV, 84 proof, double distilled)Gold/Gateway
Sunora (blanco only) (42% ABV, 84 proof, triple distilled)Gold/Rustico

Crema de Bacanora Liqueur

Sunora Cream de Bacanora (15% ABV, 30 proof)Gold

Infused Mixto Tequila

Spice Note (cumin and cinnamon versions; 75-25 mixto; 80 proof; NOM 1416 Productos Finos de AgaveGold

Mexican Gin from Blue Agave (Blue Agave Spirit)

Onilikan Mexican Gin (80 proof, 40% ABV)Gold

Mezcal

Pluma Negra Espadin Joven–40%, 80 proofGold

Mezcal Artesanal and Ancestral

Cuentacuentos Espadin (48% ABV, 96 proof)Gold
Cuentacuentos Cuish (47.9% ABV, 95.8 proof)Gold
Cuentacuentos Tepeztate (47% ABV, 94 proof)Gold
Cuentacuentos Coyote (45.6% ABV, 91.2 proof)Gold

Mezcal High Proof

Xicala (Espadin, 43% ABV, 86 proof) [Tlacolula de Matamoros, Oaxaca]Gold
Pluma Negra Tobala Joven–(52%, 104 proof)Gold
Pluma Negra Tepextate Joven–(52%, 104 proof)Gold
La Hacienda de los Banuelos Tequilana Weber Joven–(42% ABV, 84 proof)Gold

Value Mezcal

Cava de los Morales Mezcal (Artesanal) [43% ABV, 86 proof]Gold

Mezcal Packaging

XicalaGold

Organic Blanco Suave

Suave Spirits Lunar Rested (NOM 1522)Gold

Organic Blanco

Ryno (NOM 1480)Gold
Juan More Time (NOM 1480)Gold
3 Amigos (NOM 1499)Silver
Suave Spirits (NOM 1522)Bronze

Organic Reposado

Suave Spirits (NOM 1522)Gold
Juan More Time (NOM 1480)Silver
Ryno (NOM 1480)Bronze

Organic Anejo

Ryno (NOM 1480)Gold

Organic Extra Anejo

Ryno (NOM 1480)Gold

Tequila Packaging – Most Unique

Sangre de Vida Corazon EditionPlatinum
Uno Por FavorGold
RynoSilver
Giggling MarlinBronze

Tequila Packaging – Elegant

MaracamePlatinum
Volcan de mi TierraGold
VikeraSilver
Suave SpiritsBronze

Tequila Packaging – Label

Juan More TimeGold
TC CraftSilver
Spice NoteBronze

Tequila Packaging – Over the Top

Padre AzulGold
AsomBrosoSilver

Value Tequila

3 Amigos (organic blanco), B, R, A, XA [See Total Wine pricing.]Gold
La Tarea (B, R)Silver
La Cava de los Morales B (NOM 1438), R [Gold] (NOM 1592)Bronze
El Velo Tequila (blanco only) (NOM 1137) [Double distilled, 44.5% ABV, 89 proof]Bronze

Blanco Tequila

Maracame (NOM 1456)Platinum
TC Craft (NOM 1533)Gold
Giggling Marlin (NOM 1500)Silver
La Tarea (NOM 1424)Bronze

Blanco Tequila – High Proof

El Velo (NOM 1137) [Double distilled, 44.5% ABV, 89 proof]Gold

Blanco Tequila – 3x Distilled

Sangre de Vida Corazon Edition (NOM 1137)Gold
Vikera (NOM 1533) (3X distilled)Silver
Rock & Roll Platinum [triple distilled] (NOM 1529)Bronze

Reposado Tequila

Maracame (NOM 1456)Platinum
Don Suenos (NOM 1499)Gold
Vikera (NOM 1533)Gold
TC Craft (NOM 1533)Silver
Abre OjosSilver
La TareaBronze

Anejo Tequila

Maracame (NOM 1456)Platinum
Vikera (NOM 1533)Gold
TC Craft (NOM 1533)Silver
Giggling Marlin (NOM 1500)Silver
Don Suenos (NOM 1499)Bronze

Extra Anejo Tequila

Giggling Marlin (NOM 1500)Gold
Vikera (NOM 1533)Silver
TC Craft (NOM 1533)Bronze

Tequila Crystalino

Volcan de mi Tierra Cristalino (NOM 1523)Gold

Tequila Liqueur

3 Amigos Ramona’s Reserve (30% ABV, 60 proof as/label. 40% on website.)Gold

Legacy Brand Tequila

Tequila Villa Lobos (1139)Gold
3 Amigos (NOM 1499)Silver

Legacy Extra Anejo Tequila

Villa Lobos “Los Hombres” Limited Edition 10 years anejado (40% ABV, 80 proof) (NOM 1139)Gold
3 Amigos XA 8 years in White American Charred Oak (NOM 1499)Silver
AsomBroso 10 year Especial de Rouge XA (NOM 1459) [40% ABV, 80 proof]Bronze

Best in Show

Maracame Tequila  4xPlatinum (Blanco, Repo, Anejo, Pkg)Platinum

2018 Distiller of the Year

Melly Barajas (3 Gold, 4 Silver, 1 Bronze)Platinum

Winners will receive an email with instructions on how to download their medal graphics and other programs and opportunities available to them.

If you are a winner and have not received your email, please contact Lisa@TequilaAficionado.com.

Download the Winners’ List in PDF, complete with links to our reviews and articles, HERE.

For a list of all 2018 Brands of Promise Nominees, click HERE.

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2018 Brands of Promise Nominees Announced

Congratulations to all of the 2018 Nominees for Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Awards! 

All of the nominees and their categories are listed below.

If you were nominated and would like to use your Nominee medal, you can click on the medal to the right –> to download a zip file.  (Right click on the image, then select Save Link)

To download this list in PDF format, click here.

Winners will be announced in January 2019!

 

Agave Spirit 

  • Porfidio Single 100% Agave Americana Edition [India] (S3xA) [40% ABV, 80 proof]

 

Aguardiente from Blue Agave (Distilled from Agave Spirit) 

  • Onilikan Aguardiente de Agave Azul (80 proof, 40% ABV)

 

Aguardiente from Fruit 

  • Onilikan Spirit distilled from Mango (80 proof, 40% ABV)

 

Bacanora 

  • Pascola B, R, A (42% ABV, 84 proof, double distilled)
  • Sunora (blanco only) (42% ABV, 84 proof, triple distilled)

 

Crema de Bacanora Liqueur 

  • Sunora Cream de Bacanora (15% ABV, 30 proof)

 

Infused Mixto Tequila 

  • Spice Note (cumin and cinnamon versions; 75-25 mixto; 80 proof; NOM 1416 Productos Finos de Agave

 

Mexican Gin from Blue Agave (Blue Agave Spirit) 

  • Onilikan Mexican Gin (80 proof, 40% ABV)

 

Mezcal 

  • Pluma Negra Espadin Joven–40%, 80 proof

 

Mezcal Artesanal and Ancestral 

  • Cuentacuentos Espadin (48% ABV, 96 proof)
  • Cuentacuentos Cuish (47.9% ABV, 95.8 proof)
  • Cuentacuentos Tepeztate (47% ABV, 94 proof)
  • Cuentacuentos Coyote (45.6% ABV, 91.2 proof)

 

Mezcal High Proof 

  • Xicala (Espadin, 43% ABV, 86 proof) [Tlacolula de Matamoros, Oaxaca]
  • Pluma Negra Tobala Joven–(52%, 104 proof)
  • Pluma Negra Tepextate Joven–(52%, 104 proof)
  • Los Potrillos de Zacatecas Tequilana Weber Joven–(42% ABV, 84 proof)

 

Value Mezcal 

  • Cava de los Morales Mezcal (Artesanal) [43% ABV, 86 proof]

 

Mezcal Packaging 

  • Xicala

 

Organic Blanco Suave

  • Suave Spirits Lunar Rested (NOM 1522)

 

Organic Blanco

  • Suave Spirits (NOM 1522)
  • 3 Amigos (NOM 1499)
  • Don Ryno (NOM 1480)
  • Juan More Time (NOM 1480)

 

Organic Reposado 

  • Suave Spirits (NOM 1522)
  • Don Ryno (NOM 1480)
  • Juan More Time (NOM 1480)

 

Organic Anejo 

  • Don Ryno (NOM 1480)

 

Organic Extra Anejo 

  • Don Ryno (NOM 1480)

 

Tequila Packaging 

  • Suave Spirits
  • TC Craft
  • Spice Note
  • Uno Por Favor
  • Padre Azul
  • Maracame
  • Sangre de Vida Corazon Edition
  • AsomBroso
  • Giggling Marlin
  • Volcan de mi Tierra
  • Don Ryno
  • Vikera
  • Juan More Time

 

Value Tequila 

  • La Tarea (B, R)
  • 3 Amigos (organic blanco), B, R, A, XA [See Total Wine pricing.]
  • La Cava de los Morales B (NOM 1438), R [Gold] (NOM 1592)
  • El Velo Tequila (blanco only) (NOM 1137) [Double distilled, 44.5% ABV, 89 proof]

 

Blanco Tequila 

  • TC Craft (NOM 1533)
  • La Tarea (NOM 1424)
  • Uno Por Favor (NOM 1479)
  • Padre Azul (NOM 1466)
  • Maracame (NOM 1456)
  • Sangre de Vida Corazon Edition (NOM 1137)
  • 3 Amigos blanco (non-organic) (NOM 1499)
  • Don Suenos (NOM 1499)
  • Giggling Marlin (NOM 1500)
  • David Reyes (NOM 1547)
  • Rock & Roll Platinum [triple distilled] (NOM 1529)
  • Volcan de mi Tierra (NOM 1523)
  • Vikera (NOM 1533) (3X distilled)
  • El Velo (NOM 1137) [Double distilled, 44.5% ABV, 89 proof]

 

Reposado Tequila 

  • TC Craft (NOM 1533)
  • La Tarea
  • Abre Ojos
  • Padre Azul (NOM 1466)
  • Maracame (NOM 1456)
  • Don Suenos (NOM 1499)
  • Giggling Marlin (NOM 1500)
  • Vikera (NOM 1533)

 

Anejo Tequila

  • TC Craft (NOM 1533)
  • Don Suenos (NOM 1499)
  • Padre Azul (NOM 1466)
  • Maracame (NOM 1456)
  • Giggling Marlin (NOM 1500)
  • Vikera (NOM 1533)

 

Extra Anejo Tequila 

  • TC Craft (NOM 1533)
  • Giggling Marlin (NOM 1500)
  • Vikera (NOM 1533)

 

Tequila Crystalino 

  • Volcan de mi Tierra Cristalino (NOM 1523)

 

Tequila Liqueur 

  • 3 Amigos Ramona’s Reserve (30% ABV, 60 proof as/label. 40% on website.)

 

Legacy Brand Tequila 

  • Tequila Villa Lobos (1139)
  • 3 Amigos (NOM 1499)

 

Legacy Extra Anejo Tequila 

  • Villa Lobos “Los Hombres” Limited Edition 10 years anejado (40% ABV, 80 proof) (NOM 1139)
  • 3 Amigos XA 8 years in White American Charred Oak (NOM 1499)
  • AsomBroso 10 year Especial de Rouge XA (NOM 1459) [40% ABV, 80 proof]

 

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Tequila Aficionado Media Celebrates the 2017 Brands of Promise© Awards

Genius Master Distiller Sweeps Medals in Multiple Categories

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Tequila Aficionado Media 2017 Brands of Promise© Awards

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES:  On Sunday, January 21, 2018, in a LIVE Facebook broadcast, Tequila Aficionado Media unveiled its highly anticipated Fifth Annual Brands of Promise© Awards, celebrating the breakthrough brands in Tequila, Mezcal and other assorted agave distillates.

Tequila Aficionado Media reached a milestone in 2017 with nearly one hundred distinct expressions of agave spirits submitted by roughly 34 brands to its ferociously popular Sipping Off The Cuff© video series from which nominees are drawn.

“With nine separate tasters or ‘Tequila Jockeys’ throughout the United States and the United Kingdom,” declared Mike Morales, CEO of Tequila Aficionado Media, “this was the most difficult judging year since we began the Brands Of Promise.”

 

Tequila Aficionado Media 2017 Brands of Promise© Awards Highlights

 

Some of the highlights of Tequila Aficionado Media’s 2017 Brands of Promise© Awards were…

In the hard fought Blanco Tequila category, upstart brand Juan More Time snagged a Platinum medal, with mainstay label Destinguido capturing the Gold.

In the High Proof Blanco division, Tequila Dos Almas narrowly beat out internationally known La Serpiente Emplumada for the Gold.

Organic Tequilas were also showcased with the newly re-launched 4 Copas taking home the Platinum award in the Blanco sector, and the crowd pleasing Azunia winning Gold. Organic Reposado was dominated by newcomer, Cobalto Tequila.

2017 saw the resurgence of the Reposado expression with a tie for Platinum accolades between Tequila 512 and long time favorite, Alderete. The Gold prize was securely grabbed by the female-owned Amorada Tequila.

A dogfight in the Anejo class resulted in Platinum rewards to both Alderete and Armero Anejos. The Extra Anejo Gold was firmly grasped by Gran Reserva de Don Alberto.

By far, the most impressive showing was demonstrated in the Legacy Tequila segment.

For the first time in recent spirits competition history, genius Master Distiller Felipe Camarena of the legendary tequila making Camarena family, made a grand statement with three separate and distinct tequila labels currently on the shelves.

Tequila G4, Pasote, and Terralta each vied for honors in different brackets.

For example…

Tequila G4 won the Platinum for Legacy Blanco tequila; Tequila Terralta took home the Silver for Legacy High Proof Blanco; and Pasote scored Bronzes in both the Legacy Reposado and Legacy Anejo divisions.

All told, Felipe Camarena and his heavily sought after creations garnered an Olympian 12 medals and locked in Best-In-Show acclaim.

“Felipe Camarena is the Michael Phelps of tequila,” proclaimed Morales.

Special recognition went to pioneering brand, Scorpion, in the Legacy Mezcal classification for its Escorpion line of mezcals distilled from distinct agave varieties.

A Heritage citation was also bestowed to Scorpion’s Master Distiller, Douglas French, for his Sierra Norte Whiskies made from Oaxacan heirloom corn.

“In an era of major spirits buyouts by transnational corporations, and mega-mergers between competing distributors,” explained Morales, “the informed consumer will be seeking more quality craft agave spirits.”

“This is why the Brands Of Promise© exists,” he concluded. “To make the public aware of quality Mexican agave spirits wherever they may be.”

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For a complete list of winners and nominees, click here. To enter your tequila, mezcal, sotol, raicilla, bacanora or other agave spirit or related product in the coveted 2018 Brands Of Promise© Awards, email mike@tequilaaficionado.com , NOW!

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Announcing the 2017 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Nominees

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees for the annual Brands of Promise Awards!

Our judges will be diligently retasting this year’s Brands of Promise Nominees and doing their voting over the holidays.

Winners will be announced in early 2018.

Download this list in PDF

 

 

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2017 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Nominees

 

Blanco Tequila

  • Tequila 512
  • Maria Bonita
  • Amorada
  • Juan More Time
  • Alderete
  • Armero (The Extreme) [white; 4X distilled]
  • Armero (The Exclusive) [blanco (suave); glass bottle]
  • Sweet Poison
  • Tequila Los 3G
  • Destinguido
  • Tequila 30-30

 

Organic Blanco

  • 4 Copas (NOM 1480)
  • Azunia (NOM 1426)
  • Terraneo (NOM 1586)
  • Cobalto (NOM 1586)

 

High Proof Blanco Tequila

  • La Serpiente Emplumada (NOM 1438) 44%, 88 proof
  • Dos Almas (55% ABV, 110 proof, double distilled) (NOM 1137)

 

Reposado Tequila

  • Tequila 512
  • Amorada
  • Alderete
  • Armero (The Evolution)[green camo]
  • Armero (The Luxury) [black matte]
  • Titanium
  • Ayate
  • Tequila Los 3G
  • Tequila 30-30
  • Villa Lobos

 

Organic Reposado

  • El Consuelo (NOM 1570)
  • 4 Copas (NOM 1480)
  • Azunia (NOM 1426)
  • Cobalto (NOM 1586)

 

Filtered Reposado

  • Allaire Privee Aged Crystal (NOM 1479)

 

Añejo Tequila

  • La Serpiente Emplumada
  • Azunia (non-organic)
  • Alderete
  • Armero (The Perfection) [black camo]
  • Titanium
  • Ayate
  • Malinalli
  • Tequila Los 3G
  • Amorada

 

Organic Añejo

  • El Consuelo (NOM 1570)
  • 4 Copas (NOM 1480)

 

Extra Añejo Tequila

  • La Serpiente Emplumada
  • Azunia Black 2 Years Extra Aged Private Reserve (NOM 1426)
  • Titanium
  • Gran Reserva de Don Alberto (NOM 1477)

 

Value Tequila

  • 512 (B, R, only)
  • Maria Bonita (blanco only) [$19.99 to $21.99]
  • Don Pilar (anejo only) [$40.00]
  • Hacienda Vieja (B, R, A)
  • Tequila 30-30 (B, R only)

 

Tequila Joven

  • Gran Reserva de Don Alberto [Ensamble:  Blanco/Extra Anejo] (NOM 1477)

 

Tequila Infused

  • Kapena (NOM 1468)
  • Ghost Tequila (NOM 1438)

 

Tequila Liqueur

  • Dos Almas Cinnamon Reposado (35% ABV, 70 proof) (NOM 1137)

 

Tequila Packaging

  • Kapena
  • Pasote
  • Maria Bonita
  • Amorada
  • Don Pilar
  • Allaire Privee
  • Alderete
  • Titanium
  • Gran Reserva de Don Alberto
  • Mandala
  • Ayate
  • Republic Tequila (anejo only)
  • Viva 32 Tequila
  • Destinguido

 

Mezcal Joven

  • Bruxo No. 1 (Espadin, 46% ABV, 92 proof)

 

Mezcal Joven Pechuga

  • Bruxo  No. 2 Pechuga de Maguey (80% Espadin, 20% Barril); 46% ABV, 92 proof

 

Mezcal Joven Medley

  • The Lost Explorer (Espadin & Tobala) (45% ABV, 90 proof)

 

Mezcal Packaging

  • Besado
  • The Lost Explorer

 

Agave Spirit Infused

  • Besado (No NOM; 100% de agave; infused with damiana, maca root, etc.)

 

Agave Spirit Liqueur

  • Los Osuna Reposado Vanilla Liqueur (Blue agave; 20% ABV, 40 proof)

 

Ready to Drink Margarita

  • Nightshade Experience Classic Lime (15% ABV, 30 proof)  (No NOM)
  • Nightshade Experience Hucklarita Huckleberry (15% ABV, 30 proof)  (No NOM)

 

Ready to Drink Margarita – Low Calorie 

  • Laughing Glass All Natural Margarita (12% ABV; 24 proof, NOM 1489, Leyros)
  • Laughing Glass All Natural Pomegranate Margarita (12% ABV; 24 proof, NOM 1489, Leyros)

 

Ready To Drink – Cocktails 

  • Tamarind Diablito [JLP, NOM 1416] 9% ABV, 18 proof.
  • Tequila Sunrise  [JLP, NOM 1416] 9% ABV, 18 proof.

 

Margarita Mix

  • Keith’s Nervous Breakdown

 

Margarita Mix Packaging

  • Keith’s Nervous Breakdown
  • Nightshade Experience

 

Legacy Blanco Tequila 

  • Pasote (NOM 1579)
  • Don Pilar
  • Terralta (NOM 1579)
  • Don Felix (NOM 1412)
  • G4 (NOM 1579)

 

Legacy Blanco High Proof

  • Terralta (NOM 1579) (110 proof)
  • Fuenteseca Cosecha Huerta Singular (NOM 1146) (45.7% ABV, 91.4 proof)

 

Legacy Reposado Tequila 

  • Pasote (NOM 1579)
  • Don Pilar
  • Terralta (NOM 1579)
  • Don Felix (NOM 1412)
  • G4 (NOM 1579)

 

Legacy Anejo Tequila 

  • Pasote (NOM 1579)
  • Don Pilar
  • Terralta (NOM 1579)
  • Don Felix (NOM 1412)
  • G4 (NOM 1579)

 

Legacy Extra Anejo Tequila 

  • Don Pilar
  • Terralta (NOM 1579)
  • G4 (NOM 1579)

 

Legacy Extra Anejo Tequila High Proof 

  • Terralta (NOM 1579) [Instant Legacy] (110 proof)

 

Legacy Mezcal 

  • Escorpion line (Pechuga; Tobala; Arroqueno; Barril; Barril anejo; Arroqueno Anejo)

 

Legacy Heritage – Whiskey

  • Sierra Norte Whiskey (Native Oaxacan Yellow, White, Black Corn) 45% ABV, 90 Proof (From the makers of Scorpion Mezcal.)

 

Legacy Tequila Packaging 

  • Don Pilar
  • Fuenteseca Cosecha Huerta Singular 2013
  • Don Felix
  • Pasote

 

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If you’re willing to work for tequila, contact TJ@tequilaaficionado.com for details on how to audition for the 2018 season.

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Tequila Aficionado Media Goes Global with 2016 Brands of Promise Award Winners

Tequila Aficionado Media Goes Global with 2016 Brands of Promise Award Winners

Champions worthy agave spirits brands in various categories

2016 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Blanco Tequila Winners

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February, 7, 2017, San Antonio, TXTequila Aficionado Media kicks off the spirits awards season by breaking the seal on the results of the 4th Annual 2016 Brands of Promise© Awards for Tequila, Mezcal and other assorted agave distillates.

2016 Brands of Promise Legacy Blanco, Legacy High Proof, and Blanco Rustico Winners

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Among the stellar stand outs of the 2016 Brands Of Promise© was upstart DesMaDre Tequila snagging Platinum medals in both the Reposado and Añejo categories.

Congratulations to the 2016 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Reposado Winners!

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Canadian-based newcomer, Siempre Tequila, gave a strong showing capturing a Silver award in the Blanco division, while El Consuelo Tequila was bestowed a Gold medal in the highly underserved Organic Blanco segment.

Congratulations to the 2016 Brands of Promise Reposado Reserva & Legacy Reposado Winners @tequiladonlorenzo @muchotetequila

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Long time fan favorite, Muchoté tequila scored Gold in both the Reposado and Value classes, and was recognized as the top Legacy Reposado, as well.

Internationally acclaimed Tequila Tres Ochos shined with a Gold prize in packaging while also tying for a Bronze decoration in the Añejo bracket.

Congratulations to the 2016 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise winners in tequila liqueur & tequila packaging!

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The recently rebranded Tequila 512 from Austin, Texas tied for a Platinum prize in Tequila packaging, and bagged a Silver in the Añejo group.

Esteemed regional Texas brand, Pepe Zevada Tequila tied for a Bronze in the Añejo division, but gathered a Gold in the popular Extra Añejo tier.

For the second year in a row, the burgeoning Ready-To-Drink market was cornered by JLP Craft Margaritas, walking away with Gold honors for both their Strawberry Lime and Pomegranate assortments to go hand-in-hand with last year’s Golden Lime Margarita.

2016 Brands of Promise Awards for Ready-to-Drink tequila cocktails

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Landing the Judges’ Best-of-Show accolade was dark horse, Hacienda Mercado Tequila.  The Illinois based label placed in the money in the Blanco, Reposado and Añejo races.

Mezcals of all types were acknowledged by Tequila Aficionado’s judges at the 2016 Brands of Promise©:

Celebrated mezcal start up, Santo Diablo joven swept a Gold trophy, as did Estancia Raicilla, Sotol Por Siempre, and Los Osuna Blue Agave Spirit, in their respective subdivisions.

Congratulations to the 2016 Brands of Promise Mezcal Winners!

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Special recognition went to pioneering brand, Scorpion, in the Legacy Mezcal classification.  Having commemorated 20 years in 2015 as the original leader in globalizing entry level mezcals into 16 countries and 38 states, it garnered Gold citations for both its Aficionado Sampler 4 Agave Varietal Tasting Pack and 5-year Espadin Extra Añejo.

The Tasting Pack offering, which includes blue agave, espadin, barril and tobala, was especially heralded by the judges as a complete introduction to experiencing different mezcals distilled from distinct species of agave.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise awards for Mezcal Packaging!

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For a complete Consumer Bucket List of Brand Of Promise© winners and nominees, click here.

About the Brands Of Promise© Awards

All agave spirits brands were judged by Founder, Alex Perez, CEO, M.A. “Mike” Morales, as well as by other Tequila Aficionado Media staff, on how they performed during Tequila Aficionado’s wildly popular Sipping Off The Cuff™ video series seen regularly on TequilaAficionado.com and viewable on its YouTube channel.

 

Unlike other spirits contests, The Brands Of Promise© Awards does not require participating agave spirit brands to pay an entry fee.  It also does not charge winners additional hefty licensing tariffs for the rights to use the medal award graphics on their labels, neck tags, shelf talkers, brochures, point-of-sale materials and websites.

To enter your tequila, mezcal, sotol, raicilla, bacanora or other agave spirit or related product in the coveted 2017 Brands Of Promise© Awards, email mike@tequilaaficionado.com , NOW!

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2016 Brands of Promise Awards, Finale

Congratulations to all the winners and the nominees for the 2016 Brands of Promise Awards!

Click here to download the complete list of nominees & winners

in a convenient PDF for your 2017 shopping list!

Nominees & winners, feel free to download your medals by clicking on the appropriate images below:2016 Brands of promise awards for Blue Agave Spirit, Sotol, Raicilla, Best of Show http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4Lw2016 Brands of promise awards for Blue Agave Spirit, Sotol, Raicilla, Best of Show http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4Lw  2016 Brands of promise awards for Blue Agave Spirit, Sotol, Raicilla, Best of Show http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4Lw 2016 Brands of promise awards for Blue Agave Spirit, Sotol, Raicilla, Best of Show http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4Lw2016 Brands of promise awards for Blue Agave Spirit, Sotol, Raicilla, Best of Show http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4Lw

 

 

 

 

As always, there is never an entry fee for the Annual Brands of Promise competition, nor is there ever a licensing fee to use earned medal images on your products, packaging, website, social networks or point of sale materials.  To enter your brand in the 2017 Brands of Promise competition, email Mike@TequilaAficionado.com.

 

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2016 Brands of Promise Awards, Part 4

Congratulations to all the winners and the nominees for the 2016 Brands of Promise Awards!
Nominees & winners, feel free to download your medals by clicking on the appropriate images below:2016 Brands of promise awards for Ready to Drink, Mezcal, Mezcal Legacy, Legacy Gateway Mezcal, Mezcal Packaging http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4Lv2016 Brands of promise awards for Ready to Drink, Mezcal, Mezcal Legacy, Legacy Gateway Mezcal, Mezcal Packaging http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4Lv  2016 Brands of promise awards for Ready to Drink, Mezcal, Mezcal Legacy, Legacy Gateway Mezcal, Mezcal Packaging http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4Lv 2016 Brands of promise awards for Ready to Drink, Mezcal, Mezcal Legacy, Legacy Gateway Mezcal, Mezcal Packaging http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4Lv2016 Brands of promise awards for Ready to Drink, Mezcal, Mezcal Legacy, Legacy Gateway Mezcal, Mezcal Packaging http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4Lv

 

 

 

 

As always, there is never an entry fee for the Annual Brands of Promise competition, nor is there ever a licensing fee to use earned medal images on your products, packaging, website, social networks or point of sale materials.  To enter your brand in the 2017 Brands of Promise competition, email Mike@TequilaAficionado.com.

 

Learn all about tequila from field to glass and then get paid to share your love of agave spirits with others! Buy Them Both Now!

2016 Brands of Promise Awards, Part 3

Congratulations to all the winners and the nominees for the 2016 Brands of Promise Awards!
Nominees & winners, feel free to download your medals by clicking on the appropriate images below:2016 Brands of promise awards for Organic, Value, Infused tequila, Tequila Liqueur, Tequila Packaging  http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4Lu2016 Brands of promise awards for Organic, Value, Infused tequila, Tequila Liqueur, Tequila Packaging  http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4Lu  2016 Brands of promise awards for Organic, Value, Infused tequila, Tequila Liqueur, Tequila Packaging  http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4Lu 2016 Brands of promise awards for Organic, Value, Infused tequila, Tequila Liqueur, Tequila Packaging  http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4Lu2016 Brands of promise awards for Organic, Value, Infused tequila, Tequila Liqueur, Tequila Packaging  http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4Lu

 

 

 

 

As always, there is never an entry fee for the Annual Brands of Promise competition, nor is there ever a licensing fee to use earned medal images on your products, packaging, website, social networks or point of sale materials.  To enter your brand in the 2017 Brands of Promise competition, email Mike@TequilaAficionado.com.

 

Learn all about tequila from field to glass and then get paid to share your love of agave spirits with others! Buy Them Both Now!

2016 Brands of Promise Awards, Part 2

Congratulations to all the winners and the nominees for the 2016 Brands of Promise Awards!
Nominees & winners, feel free to download your medals by clicking on the appropriate images below:2016 Brands of promise awards forReposado, Reposado Reserva, Legacy Reposado, Anejo, Extra Anejo http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4Lt2016 Brands of promise awards for Reposado, Reposado Reserva, Legacy Reposado, Anejo, Extra Anejo http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4Lt  2016 Brands of promise awards for Reposado, Reposado Reserva, Legacy Reposado, Anejo, Extra Anejo http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4Lt 2016 Brands of promise awards for Reposado, Reposado Reserva, Legacy Reposado, Anejo, Extra Anejo http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4Lt2016 Brands of promise awards for Reposado, Reposado Reserva, Legacy Reposado, Anejo, Extra Anejo http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4Lt

 

 

 

 

As always, there is never an entry fee for the Annual Brands of Promise competition, nor is there ever a licensing fee to use earned medal images on your products, packaging, website, social networks or point of sale materials.  To enter your brand in the 2017 Brands of Promise competition, email Mike@TequilaAficionado.com.

 

Learn all about tequila from field to glass and then get paid to share your love of agave spirits with others! Buy Them Both Now!

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