Spirits of Mexico results unveiled

El Perdido Reserva Extra Añejo was named "Best of Show" among 70 entries in the 2008 Spirits of Mexico Tasting Competition.

The competition, sponsored by The Polished Palate, took place in San Diego, with co-hosts Jack Robertiello and Robert Plotkin leading a group of industry professionals in judging the tequila and mezcal entries.

The winning El Perdido is coming on the market this year. It is the creation of Phillip Soto Mares, and is made in the highlands of Jalisco state in Mexico.

A range of "best of category," gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded. The entire list is available here. Meanwhile, here are the "best of category" and gold medal winners:

Best of Category (tie): Clase Azul Plata, Don Ramon Platinum.
Gold: Clase Azul Plata, Corrido Blanco, Corzo Silver, Don Ramon Platinum, Don Tepo Blanco, El Perdido Blanco, Milagro Silver, Milagro Silver Select Barrel Reserve, Oro Azul Blanco, QV (Querido Viejo) Blanco, Senor Frog’s Plata, Suavemente Blanco.

Best of Category: Cristeros Reposado.
Gold: Cazadores Reposado, Cristeros Reposado, El Perdido Reposado, Gran Centenario Reposado, Herradura Reposado, Oro Azul Reposado, QV (Querido Viejo) Reposado, Senor Frog’s Reposado, Suavemente Reposado.

Best of Category: Gran Centenario Añejo.
Gold: 374 Añejo, Chinaco Añejo, Don Eduardo Añejo, Don Ramon Añejo, Don Tepo Añejo, Gran Centenario Añejo, Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Añejo, QV (Querido Viejo) Añejo, Suavemente Añejo.

Best of Category: El Perdido Reserve Extra Añejo.
Gold: Chinaco Negro Extra Añejo, Corrido Extra Añejo, El Perdido Reserva Extra Añejo, Herradura Seleccion Suprema Extra Añejo, Suavemente Extra Añejo.

Best of Category: Casa 1921 Tequila Cream.
Gold: 1921 Tequila Cream, Tanteo Chocolate Tequila, Tanteo Jalapeno Tequila, Tanteo Tropical Tequila.

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1 comment:

Dori Bryant, President, The Polished Palate said...


Thank you so much for placing the results up so quickly.

As to the El Perdido Reserva Extra Anejo, I have witnessed, first hand, how hard it is to launch a brand. Mr. Soto Mares has been our tequila expert and most ardent supporter since concept and I can personally say that it's purely passion (and an incredible palate) that drives him. I'm proud that he's our friend! El Perdido Tequila has been a long time in coming. We're thrilled that it's finally arrived, and that it won Best of Show.

I overheard the judges commenting on the quality of the blancos. In all of the years we have been hosting the Spirits of Mexico, I always gravitated toward the reposados, añejos and extra añejos at the main event. This year I toured the blancos, and I can say without doubt that I'll actually be sipping them. Incredible, as there are precious few white spirits that I would sip neat and at room temperature.