The Spirits Business invited two panels of experienced judges to Café Pacifico in London to subject a selection of Tequilas and mezcals representing the breadth of the category to a rigorous blind-taste test.
To kick off the competition, we assessed a flight of super-premium blanco Tequilas made using 100% agave. Here, we awarded the competition’s highest accolade – a Master medal – to Olmeca Altos Plata, which impressed the panel with its ripe and zesty flavour of orchard fruits balanced with hot pepper.
Judges also enjoyed the expression’s smooth and long-lasting finish. Success in the round didn’t stop there: “easy-to-drink” Sierra Tequila Antiguo Plata and “earthy” Casa Noble Crystal secured Gold medals. Londoño said of the latter Tequila: “The flavour transports you to an agave field. It has a great minerality.” Two Silvers were awarded to Código 1530 Blanco and Tequila Mi Campo Blanco in the round.