The 2012 Rum Howler Awards – The Year in Tequila
All things considered, I had a pretty good year with respect to the spirit called Tequila in 2012. I was able to help in a small way with Edmonton’s first Tequila festival earlier this month, and I was able to double the number of reviews here on my website. Although Tequila has a small following in my local market (relative to rum and whisky), that small group of tequila aficionados is very passionate about their favourite spirit; and, I believe that group of Tequila lovers is steadily growing!
In an effort to recognize the growing importance of this spirit in not only my locale, but also as a global spirit; I have decided this year to give Tequila its own awards page on my website this year (last year I grouped the Gin, Tequila and Vodka Awards together all on the same page). All of my 2012 Rum Howler Awards are based upon side by side tastings of the various spirits which are in competition for each particular award. It is a process which takes a little time to work through which means I begin my tastings early in September and do not finish until near the end of September. It is my policy that all spirit samples which I receive in a given year are automatically considered for my awards. I do my review, and then I set aside the remainder of the spirit for the end of the year judging. This year, for the first time, I also received additional industry samples specifically for my Rum Howler Awards.
And so without further ado, it is time for me to reveal the recipients of the 2012 Rum Howler Awards for Excellence in the Production of Tequila. These Awards are for the best Tequila Spirits I encountered in the year 2012.
- The 2012 Rum Howler Award for Best Blanco Tequila
and the winner is:
Runner-up award to: Herencia de Plata (Blanco)
Honourable Mention to Cruz Del Sol Silver Tequila
It was a good year for Tequila on my website as I was able to taste many new spirits as well as to revisit several that I had been introduced to previously. One of the Tequila spirits which blew me away was Avion. To be honest, I was unimpressed when I saw the bottle, and the marketing. But when I tasted it, I was converted rather quickly. This is not only the best Blanco tequila, it might well be the best white spirit I sampled all year.
To choose the winner of this category I made two of my favourite cocktails, Metro Mexico, and the Margarita and I balanced the performance of the tequila in these cocktails against the flavour when sipped neat at room temperature.
(Considered for this award were Avion Silver Tequila, Cabo Wabo Blanco, Corralejo Tequila Blanco, Cruz Del Sol Silver Tequila, Don Julio Blanco, Herencia de Plata (Blanco),Hornitos Plata Tequila, and Patrón Silver Tequila)
The 2012 Rum Howler Award for Best Reposado Tequila
and the winner is:
Runner-up award to Cruz del Sol Tequila (Reposado)
Honorable Mention to Patron Reposado Tequila
For this category, I again made some cocktails, the first being A Deadly Shade of Gold and the second, the Royal Alexander Margarita. I also tasted each spirit neat. I placed 50 % of the weight upon the cocktails and 50 % of the weight upon how the spirit tasted when served neat at room temperature.
The Herencia de Plata Reposado was the winning Reposado Tequila, although I feel compelled to say that the Cruz del Sol Reposado was a very close second place. I gave the Patron Reposado Tequila an honourable mention as it seemed to also separate itself from the rest of the pack as I was doing my tastings.
The 2012 Rum Howler Award for Best Anejo Tequila
and the winner is:
Runner-up award to Patrón Añejo Tequila
Honorable Mention to Alamo Añejo Tequila
The 1921 Anejo Tequila is simply outstanding. It is one of those spirits which tastes great the first time you sip it, and then as you let the spirit breathe, the tequila gains even more character in the glass. I judged the spirits sipping them neat and in a cocktail I call, Maximiliano. In each setting the 1921 Anejo Tequila was simply superior to the rest of the field.
The 2012 Rum Howler Award for Best Blanco Tequila: Avion Silver Tequila
The 2012 Rum Howler Award for Best Reposado Tequila: Herencia de Plata (Reposado)
The 2012 Rum Howler Award for Best Anejo Tequila : 1921 Añejo Tequila
The 2012 Rum Howler Runner-up Award for Best Blanco Tequila: Herencia de Plata (Blanco)
The 2012 Rum Howler Runner-up Award for Best Reposado Tequila: Cruz del Sol Tequila (Reposado)
The 2012 Rum Howler Runner-up Award for Best Anejo Tequila: Patrón Añejo Tequila
The Honourable Mentions:
The 2012 Rum Howler Honourable Mention Award for Best Blanco Tequila: Cruz Del Sol Silver Tequila
The 2012 Rum Howler Honourable Mention Awards for Best Reposado Tequila: Patron Reposado Tequila
The 2012 Rum Howler Honourable Mention Award for Best Anejo Tequila: Alamo Añejo Tequila