Congrats to all of our 2014 Best of winners!These 5 spirits were voted the best by our attendees, and we congratulate them on being best in show for 2014. Be sure to vote for your favorite next year at the 2015 Northwest Tequila Fest!
Best Blanco: FortalezaTasting Notes: Aromas of citrus, and rich cooked agave fill your nose in this unique and very special blanco tequila. Also present: butter, olive, earth, black pepper, and a deep inviting vegetal complexity. Flavors include citrus, cooked agave, vanilla, basil, olive, and lime. The finish is long and deep, complex yet easy to drink.
Best Reposado: CelestialTasting Notes: Aromas of mint, earth, vanilla and orange flower are complimented by the grassy sweetness of agave. Flavors of almonds and marzipan, baking spice and and a hit of smoke on the tongue, with a honeyed, medium finish.
Best Añejo: Don PilarTasting Notes: Don Pilar has an aroma of woody agave, notes of citrus and butter. It’s light sweet agave and mild wood on the tongue, with buttery agave and hint of roasted nuts. It has a warm mouthfeel, with medium length finish with butter and nut aftertaste.
Best Extra Añejo: Don PilarTasting Notes: Don Pilar Extra Añejo is a deep, amber-crimson hue, with complex notes of intense oak, fruit and caramel. The palate is layered with apricot, chocolate, and baked agave, with a decadently slow finish of lingering sweet oak.
Best Mezcal: Del MagueyThere are many mezcals in the Del Maguey line. We took tasting notes from their most popular mezcal, the Vida.
Tasting Notes:Vida has a nose of fruit aromatics, a hint of honey, vanilla and roast agave; the palate offers ginger, cinnamon, burnt sandalwood, banana and tangerine, with a long, soft finish.