The Beverage Tasting Institute (BTI) not too long ago introduced the world’s high Tequila expressions. The massive winner was El Tesoro, the model produced by Grasp Distiller Carlos Camarena and his household on the La Alteña Distillery in Arandas within the Jalisco Highlands. El Tesoro Paradiso Further Añejo Tequila was chosen as the perfect Tequila with a rating of 97/100. The El Tesoro Añejo and Blanco additionally took high honors of their respective classes, scoring a 96/100 and 95/100 respectively.
BTI is a Chicago based mostly group that performs a hybrid position within the beverage trade. On the one hand, it capabilities as a consultancy that, in its personal phrases makes use of:
Distinctive methodology, proprietary instruments and a long time of expertise to supply analysis, improvement and advertising companies that protest giant investments, elevate model reputations, optimize market reception and interact customers.
BTI will present confidential analysis companies. It additionally does “audits of manufacturers, their liquid and packaging” for beverage corporations “to optimize their in-market or pre-release merchandise.”
It may possibly assist manufacturers “be taught what issues to resolution makers,” “discover out what retains bartenders from partaking together with your model” and “maximize their possibilities of product success armed with the deepest insights from our panelists.”
In brief, in response to BTI, “we catch the errors that forestall bartenders, retailers and customers from absolutely partaking with manufacturers.” Consider BTI because the McKinsey & Firm of the beverage world.
Then again, BTI additionally scores, on a 100-point scale, and provides out awards for the drinks that it evaluates. This exercise makes it extra like a standard wines and spirits competitors.
This twin position is unprecedented throughout the beverage trade. Its evaluations and recommendation are intently adopted within the beverage trade by each international wine and spirit corporations and by not too long ago established craft spirit producers, in addition to customers worldwide.
El Tesoro, Paradiso Tequila Further Añejo, 40% ABV, 750 ml, $180 is a particular Further Añejo Tequila that’s aged for 5 years in ex-Cognac barrels of French oak. The Tequila is the results of a historic collaboration between Don Felipe Camarena and Alain Royer of A de Fussigny Cognac.
The BTI’s official tasting notes referred to as it “a tantalizing mélange of advanced flavors” that options aromas of:
… roasted nuts, candied cherries, vanilla bean, and candy blossoms with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium physique and a peppery, intriguing, very lengthy ripe melons, toffee, and white pepper end.
The El Tesoro Añejo Tequila, 40% ABV, 750 ml, $85 had the second highest rating with 96/100. The Añejo and Further Añejo Tequilas from El Tesoro have been the one two Tequilas to win Platinum Medals.
The Añejo Tequila is aged for 2 to a few years in ex-bourbon barrels of American oak. The BTI’s official tasting notes referred to as it “trendy” and “peppery” with expressed notes of:
… honey-drizzled grapefruit, candy apple compote, toffee, and candy chamomile tea with a spherical, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium physique and a peppery, elegant, medium-long end with notes of pink peppercorns, ginger, and graphite.
The El Tesoro Blanco Tequila, 40% ABV, 750 ml, $50, was the third highest scoring Tequila with 95/100 factors. That gave El Tesoro the three highest ranked Tequilas on this yr’s BTI judging.
The El Tesoro Blanco is unaged and bottled instantly after distillation. It is a traditional agave ahead Tequila. The BTI’s tasting notes described this tequila as “a chic, silky Blanco Tequila with a superb steadiness of candy creamy and savory meaty tones” that options:
Savory aromas and flavors of marinated olives and peppers, laborious cheese rind, citrus zest, grilled sausages, and delicate flowers with a satiny, vivid, dryish medium-to-full physique and a seamless, advanced, lengthy end that exhibits accents of custard and meringue, cinnamon roll, roasted squash and squash blossoms, and paprika.
The Maestro Dobel 50 Cristalino Tequila Further Añejo, 40% ABV, 750 ml, $145, with 94/100 factors, was the best rated Cristalino Tequila. Cristalino is a brand new class of Tequila that was pioneered, amongst others, by Dobel. It’s an additional Añejo Tequila that has been filtered by means of charcoal to remove the colour. The result’s a crystal-clear Tequila that retains the oak influences of prolonged growing old.
Dobel is one other distiller with a wonderful monitor document of innovation throughout the Tequila trade. Drawing inspiration from ancestral Mezcal practices, it not too long ago launched a Pechuga Pavito Tequila.
A Pechuga is a Tequila that’s macerated with fruits and spices earlier than present process a 3rd distillation within the presence of meat. Pechuga means “cooked breast” in Spanish. Throughout the distillation, a chunk of meat is hung on the high of the nonetheless. The recent vapors cook dinner the meat whereas on the similar time extracting taste from it. The meat is often a turkey breast (pavito), however can embody something from duck to serrano ham.
The BTI’s tasting panel described the Maestro Dobel as, “a flavorful ice cream store of a Cristalino Tequila; nice for the Whiskey lover,” which options:
Candied aromas and flavors of caramel apple candies, cherry preserves, pineapple smoothie, hazelnut creme, vanilla gelato, and rainbow sherbet with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium physique and a sleek, stimulating, medium-length end with notes of frozen cappuccino.
Additionally scoring 94/100 factors was the Gran Centenario Reposado Tequila, 40% ABV, 750 ml, $26. Gran Centenario is a historic Mexican Tequila producer that deserves to be rediscovered within the US.
The BTI’s tasting notes described it as “a complicated sipping Tequila with nice taste and steadiness,” which options:
Aromas and flavors of vanilla yogurt nuts, lit honeycomb candle, smoked beef molé, and whiff of cigar smoke with a supple, vivid, dry-yet-fruity medium physique and a tingling, amusing, medium-long end that reveals strategies of milk chocolate bar, toasted meringue, honey roasted pineapple, pepper, and suede.
This yr’s BTI judging produced an excellent collection of Tequilas. All are fairly priced and are available. They’re all well-known manufacturers, however in case you haven’t tasted them shortly, they’re definitely price revisiting.