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


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


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 Agave Gold

Mexican Gin from Blue Agave (Blue Agave Spirit)

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


Pluma Negra Espadin Joven–40%, 80 proof Gold

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

Xicala Gold

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 Edition Platinum
Uno Por Favor Gold
Ryno Silver
Giggling Marlin Bronze

Tequila Packaging – Elegant

Maracame Platinum
Volcan de mi Tierra Gold
Vikera Silver
Suave Spirits Bronze

Tequila Packaging – Label

Juan More Time Gold
TC Craft Silver
Spice Note Bronze

Tequila Packaging – Over the Top

Padre Azul Gold
AsomBroso Silver

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 Ojos Silver
La Tarea Bronze

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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