Tequila Aficionado Media Announces the 2015 Brands Of Promise Award Winners!

Honors Bestowed During LIVE Blab Webcast

For Immediate Release!

PLATINUMFINAL2015March 14, 2016, San Antonio, TXTequila Aficionado Media’s Third Annual 2015 Brands Of Promise© Awards were broadcast LIVE on Blab in Tequila, Mezcal and other assorted agave-related categories. See the full list of medal recipients here.

Among the brilliant stand outs of 2015, Ambhar Tequila took the Judges’ Best-of-Show accolade scoring highly in several categories. Recent upstarts GOZA and Papa Bueno also made significant showings.  In a surprise return to the Brands Of Promise© Reposado class, Del Bravo Spirits unanimously took the Platinum award with Route 66 tequila.

Legacy brands Orendáin, Milagro, Tequila 1921, Centinela and Herradura were well represented in both the High-End and Value segments, while Dulce Vida and Suerte convincingly cornered the Extra Añejo tequila market.

In what proved to be the toughest bracket for the judges to date, Malinalli Tequila swept the Platinum trophy in the hard fought Blanco division, with Ambhar, El Mayor, and Mamalón tequilas close on its heels.

The surging Mezcal classification was dominated by the popular Gracias A Dios brand, while Montelobos and Amarás collected Golds in each of their groups.

Gold Medal Winner Lisa Elovich, brand owner of Organic Tequila One With Life, was ecstatic, saying, “Thank you so much! It is such an honor to get this award. I know this will help us with marketing and distribution.” She graciously added, “Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners! So happy to be part of it!”

In an equally gracious statement made over their Instagram account, medal recipient Papa Bueno Tequila wrote, “We are honored to have been among this impressive group of nominees! We love tequila and congratulate all the winners and thank Tequila Aficionado for the time, humor and love they bring! Definitely Bueno!”

About the Brands Of Promise Awards

All brands were judged by Founder, Alex Perez and CEO, M.A. “Mike” Morales, as well as by other Tequila Aficionado 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-sales materials and websites.

For a full list of Brands Of Promise© winners, click here.

 

 

To enter your tequila, mezcal, sotol, raicilla, bacanora or other agave spirit or related product in the coveted Brands Of Promise™ Awards, click here.

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Alex Perez on the Golden State of Cocktails Event

 

About Golden State of Cocktails:

Golden State of Cocktails has established itself as the celebration of California’s diverse cocktail culture. From Napa Valley to San Diego and everywhere in between, GSC is the platform to showcase the state’s spirits and those who craft and serve them. The three-day festival celebrates the passion and ethos of these professionals who are helping change the way the entire nation drinks and enjoys spirits.

Across California’s three largest cities, Golden State of Cocktails provides an environment where the most respected names in the liquor industry educate the next generation of hospitality professionals and cocktail enthusiasts.

About Alexander “Alex” Perez:

Alex has an extensive background in wine and spirits, having been in the industries for many years. You’ll note his discriminating palate in the Sipping off the Cuff episodes he hosts weekly with M.A. “Mike” Morales.

When Alex fell in love with the under appreciated spirits of Mexico, Tequila and Mezcal, he made it his mission to educate the public on these fine spirits. Alex has interviewed many leaders in the Tequila industry and uncovered fascinating facts that you’ll see in his upcoming Founder’s Features as he releases historic industry interviews from his vault of tequila treasures.

Alex makes his home in Southern California.

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Papa Bueno Anejo Tequila Review

In this episode of Tequila Aficionado’s Sipping off the Cuff, Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Papa Bueno Tequila Anejo.

 

About Papa Bueno Tequila

papa bueno, tequila, blanco, reposado, anejoWe know it’s best to let nature do its work before we do ours, so for seven years we patiently wait for the highland sun to craft the perfect crop. When the time arrives, the plump, ripe agave is hand-harvested, and cut for the brick ovens at our distillery in the legendary tequila town of Antotonilco El Alto. Once the piña, or heart of the agave, has properly cooked it yields a warm honey flavored nectar, and we begin the fermentation and distillation processes. That’s when the magic happens.  Papa Bueno Silver is double distilled to be smooth and ready to enjoy immediately, but for the richer-flavored Papa Bueno Añejo, our tequila must age in oak barrels for at least a year. 100% agave. 100% passion.  Whoa! Smooth.

Being Bueno

means many things.  It is an attitude and a view that sees that our world works well with an element of fun, a measure of responsibility and an upbeat soundtrack.  We invite you to define it for yourself. Spread the spirit and share the spirits.  Enjoy and accept, lift and encourage — fun is the right thing!
Most of all be a good friend, be a good influence and be Bueno.
​Please enjoy Papa Bueno Tequila responsibly.
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Papa Bueno Reposado Tequila Review

In this episode of Tequila Aficionado’s Sipping off the Cuff, Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Papa Bueno Tequila Reposado.

 

About Papa Bueno Tequila

papa bueno, tequila, blanco, reposado, anejoWe know it’s best to let nature do its work before we do ours, so for seven years we patiently wait for the highland sun to craft the perfect crop. When the time arrives, the plump, ripe agave is hand-harvested, and cut for the brick ovens at our distillery in the legendary tequila town of Antotonilco El Alto. Once the piña, or heart of the agave, has properly cooked it yields a warm honey flavored nectar, and we begin the fermentation and distillation processes. That’s when the magic happens.  Papa Bueno Silver is double distilled to be smooth and ready to enjoy immediately, but for the richer-flavored Papa Bueno Añejo, our tequila must age in oak barrels for at least a year. 100% agave. 100% passion.  Whoa! Smooth.

Being Bueno

means many things.  It is an attitude and a view that sees that our world works well with an element of fun, a measure of responsibility and an upbeat soundtrack.  We invite you to define it for yourself. Spread the spirit and share the spirits.  Enjoy and accept, lift and encourage — fun is the right thing!
Most of all be a good friend, be a good influence and be Bueno.
​Please enjoy Papa Bueno Tequila responsibly.
papa bueno, tequila, blanco, reposado, anejo

Find Papa Bueno Tequila online:

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Papa Bueno Blanco Tequila Review

In this episode of Tequila Aficionado’s Sipping off the Cuff, Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Papa Bueno Tequila Blanco.

 

About Papa Bueno Tequila

papa bueno, tequila, blanco, reposado, anejoWe know it’s best to let nature do its work before we do ours, so for seven years we patiently wait for the highland sun to craft the perfect crop. When the time arrives, the plump, ripe agave is hand-harvested, and cut for the brick ovens at our distillery in the legendary tequila town of Antotonilco El Alto. Once the piña, or heart of the agave, has properly cooked it yields a warm honey flavored nectar, and we begin the fermentation and distillation processes. That’s when the magic happens.  Papa Bueno Silver is double distilled to be smooth and ready to enjoy immediately, but for the richer-flavored Papa Bueno Añejo, our tequila must age in oak barrels for at least a year. 100% agave. 100% passion.  Whoa! Smooth.

Being Bueno

means many things.  It is an attitude and a view that sees that our world works well with an element of fun, a measure of responsibility and an upbeat soundtrack.  We invite you to define it for yourself. Spread the spirit and share the spirits.  Enjoy and accept, lift and encourage — fun is the right thing!
Most of all be a good friend, be a good influence and be Bueno.
​Please enjoy Papa Bueno Tequila responsibly.
papa bueno, tequila, blanco, reposado, anejo

Find Papa Bueno Tequila online:

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Herradura Tequila Scotch Cask Finish Reposado Tequila Review

Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Herradura Tequila Scotch Cask Finish Reposado

Tequila Herradura Unveils New Limited-Edition Coleccion De La Casa Scotch Cask Finish

herradura, scotch caskLOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Stemming off the success of its small-batch tequila series, Tequila Herraduraannounces the release of the third Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2014 – Scotch Cask Finish Reposado. Having undergone a double maturation process after resting in two different types of oak casks, American oak and single malt Scotch casks, this limited edition tequila offers a desirable taste and finish to delight the senses.

“With the latest in the Coleccion de la Casa small batch series, Tequila Herradura solidifies its commitment to provide new tequila experiences to discerning spirits drinkers who appreciate specialty crafted, artisanal tequilas,” said Liz Edwards, Senior Brand Manager for Tequila Herradura.

Casa Herradura has a strong reputation as an industry innovator and is credited with introducing the first-ever reposado in 1974 and extra anejo tequila in 1995. Coleccion de la Casa is the best example in the industry of how each of the sources of flavor– agave, water, fermentation, distillation, and maturation – impacts the character of the final product and creates a totally new flavor profile. As with the other two editions, Master Distiller Maria Teresa Lara was the force behind the Scotch Cask Finish Reposado.

Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2014 – Scotch Cask Finish Reposado will be available at fine wine and spirits stores in October nationwide for a limited time at a suggested retail price of $89.99.

Tasting Notes for Herradura Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2014 – Scotch Cask Finish Reposado
Color: Warm gold with brilliant hues.

Aroma: A masterful combination of toasted malt, cooked agave, and smoky wood.
Taste: The finest aged tequila is highlighted by the taste of vanilla, butter, honey, caramel and balanced soft spices.
Finish: The unique scotch cask results in a long-drawn and with a touch of sweetness.

About Casa Herradura
Casa Herradura is one of Mexico’s most historic and renowned tequila producers. Casa Herradura has been hand harvesting, handcrafting and estate bottling fine tequilas from the small town of Amatitán, Jalisco, since 1870. In 2007, Casa Herradura was acquired by Brown-Forman Corporation of Louisville, Ky.  Brown-Forman is a diversified producer and marketer of fine quality beverages and alcohol brands. For more information about Tequila Herradura, visit www.herradura.com/

 

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Goza Anejo Tequila Review

In this episode of Tequila Aficionado’s Sipping off the Cuff, Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Goza Tequila Anejo.

 

 

Goza, Atlanta’s only tequila producer, makes headway

Courtesy of Atlanta Magazine

goza, tequila, tequila aficionado, sipping off the cuff, tequila tastingWhen Jacob Gluck decided to build a tequila brand, he was living in Washington D.C and working in finance, but he knew Atlanta was where he’d launch the company. “It’s home,” Gluck said in a phone interview. “If I can’t be successful here, I won’t be successful anywhere.”

Goza, which means “enjoy” in Spanish, launched mid-April with three premium varieties: Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo. The local brand aims to compete with the likes of Don Julio, Patron, and Casamigo, with tequila that’s clean, flavorful, and just slightly warming.

It took a couple of years to get Goza to market. Through a mutual friend, Gluck learned of a tequila producer who was looking for a U.S. partner. Of the 110 tequila producers in Mexico, Gluck said, one in every ten bottles is going to have the same liquid (that’s over 1,000 brands). “Our supplier doesn’t sell to anyone else in the U.S.,” he says.

Gluck wants his premium tequila to be a more affordable option, with a market focus on young professionals. He calls it “tech-quila” when discussing his link to the startup world—Goza shares office space at DeskHub in Buckhead, and he hopes to sponsor a hack-a-thon.

It’s a sophisticated beverage made with great attention to detail, Gluck said. You can enjoy Goza on the rocks or mixed in a cocktail. “But if people feel like they can’t order it as a shot,” he laughed, “you’re screwed.”

The tequila market is pretty vast. What does Goza bring that’s new?

Goza takes the intimidation out of tequila. Most bottles out there, they’re square, masculine—there’s an intimidation factor. Plus, we all have a bad tequila story—you know, that “I can’t even stand the smell” thing. It’s important that the tequila taste good, but we start with what people see. People say it looks like a vodka bottle, and that’s fine with me.

Can you talk about how your distilling process impacts the flavor?

Our tequila is made from agave grown and distilled in Arandas, Mexico, which is one of the country’s two major tequila-producing regions. It’s in the state of Jalisco and Goza agave is in the highlands. Tequila from that area has more of a fruity and herbal taste and smell. It’s also 100% agave tequila—some tequilas, like Jose Cuervo, are made from 51% agave. That’s a big reason why it tastes so bad.

Does Goza manage the whole process?

We control the entire process, the land our agave is grown on the distilling, aging, bottling—it’s a total vertical integration. The agave is grown for nine years before harvest. They run certain tests to ensure that it’s harvested at the right time. Every bottle is pressure-washed on the inside with tequila itself. Everything’s done by hand.

Describe the varieties you offer.

We have Blanco (silver), which is floral, fruity, with hints of vanilla. Reposado (aged for six months in white oak barrels) is more oaky—some say smoky. And the Añejo (aged for one year in white oak barrels) has even more depth. It’s more complex with notes of brown spice and honey. By far, we sell mostly Blanco. Enthusiasts and connoisseurs will enjoy the aged styles, too. [General pricing for Goza: Blanco, $34.99; Reposado, $39.99; Añejo, $44.99]

You’re currently in Georgia and Tennessee, any expansion plans?

We’re trying to grow organically, grassroots style. Next market will probably be South Carolina or Florida, just because of geography, maybe within a year. But we are primarily in Georgia, and of our Georgia sales, 80% is in greater Atlanta.

 

 

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Special Feature: Glassware Choices for Mezcals

Las perlas del mezcal, Mezcal, glassware, sipping off the cuff, tequila aficionado, mike morales, alex perez, mezcal tasting, mezcal reviews, copita, gourd, glasswareIn this Tequila Aficionado special feature, Mike Morales and Alex Perez discuss glassware choices available to fully appreciate the spirit of Mezcal.

 

 

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Epoca Dorada Anejo Tequila Review

In this episode of Tequila Aficionado’s Sipping off the Cuff, Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Epoca Dorada Tequila Anejo.

Sipping Off The Cuff™

Sipping Off The Cuff™ began as an audio podcast in 2006 and is Tequila Aficionado’s first and longest running tequila review program.  It is broadcast on YouTube and TequilaAficionado.com.

If you are a Tequila, Mezcal or Sotol brand owner and would like your product(s) reviewed on an upcoming episode of Sipping Off The Cuff(TM), please contact Mike@TequilaAficionado.com.

Hacienda San Jose de Miravalle & Epoca Dorada Tequila

epoca dorada anejoInfused with generations of family honor, EPOCA DORADA captures the “Golden Age” of Mexico.
Established in 1870, Hacienda San Jose de Miravalle distilleries produce the finest Estate grown Ultra Premium Tequila. Once reserved for Mexico’s elitist, a recipe dating back five generations is now available for the first time in the United States.
Hacienda San José de Miravalle began with a determined great-great grandmother who convinced her father to create a “vino mescal-Tequila” in small amounts. This provided Mexico’s elitists with a premium tequila savored only at special occasions. Her eldest son took over the tequila artisanal by 1907 and succeeded in expanding the San Jose. The years following the Mexican Revolution abruptly ended all production. Almost 60 years later, the Hacienda once again opened its doors, capturing its age-old traditions, using the same processes in order to recreate the same aroma and taste that once satisfied nobility over 100 years before.

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Epoca Dorada Reposado Tequila Review

In this episode of Tequila Aficionado’s Sipping off the Cuff, Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Epoca Dorada Tequila Reposado.

Sipping Off The Cuff™

Sipping Off The Cuff™ began as an audio podcast in 2006 and is Tequila Aficionado’s first and longest running tequila review program.  It is broadcast on YouTube and TequilaAficionado.com.

If you are a Tequila, Mezcal or Sotol brand owner and would like your product(s) reviewed on an upcoming episode of Sipping Off The Cuff(TM), please contact Mike@TequilaAficionado.com.

Hacienda San Jose de Miravalle & Epoca Dorada Tequila

epoca dorada reposadoInfused with generations of family honor, EPOCA DORADA captures the “Golden Age” of Mexico.
Established in 1870, Hacienda San Jose de Miravalle distilleries produce the finest Estate grown Ultra Premium Tequila. Once reserved for Mexico’s elitist, a recipe dating back five generations is now available for the first time in the United States.
Hacienda San José de Miravalle began with a determined great-great grandmother who convinced her father to create a “vino mescal-Tequila” in small amounts. This provided Mexico’s elitists with a premium tequila savored only at special occasions. Her eldest son took over the tequila artisanal by 1907 and succeeded in expanding the San Jose. The years following the Mexican Revolution abruptly ended all production. Almost 60 years later, the Hacienda once again opened its doors, capturing its age-old traditions, using the same processes in order to recreate the same aroma and taste that once satisfied nobility over 100 years before.

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How to Get Paid to Drink Tequila:

How you can turn your passion into profits and get paid to drink tequila as a blogger, vlogger, podcaster or author

 

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