It may have been the smallest category of all, but the anejo and extra-anejo tequila line-up had one of the largest price ranges in the competition, with prices starting at just over
£40/70cl and running up to £250 for the overall winner, Partida Elegante. Whether the UK market was ready for such a high-priced tequila at this stage, the panel weren’t sure, but everyone was
in agreement that the entire flight exhibited an impressive array of styles and some really excellent quality.
Bearing in mind that these tequilas were all designed for sipping, good length and body was a must, as well as a substantial mix of spice, a hint of sweetness and some distinct agave
On the subject of design, many felt that tequila had a lot of potential in the bottle sales market, particularly among male consumers in the City, and in this respect, luxurious, impactful
packaging was key.
Several of these tequilas were also considered to have plenty of appeal, both in terms of flavour and appearance, for after-dinner sipping – the help of knowledgeable bartenders and sommeliers
would be key to developing this opportunity, it was agreed.
Myles Davies – freelance consultant, Christian Gaskell – general manager, Green & Red, Nidal Ramini – director, PM Bars, Robbie Bargh – director, Gorgeous
Group, Ian Goodman –bar manager, Oxo Tower
Made from 100% estate-grown blue agave, hand-harvested and aged in American oak barrels with 40% abv. This super-luxe extra-añejo tequila triumphed on every front, combining some exquisite
decanter-style packaging that was a delight to handle, with a very sophisticated spirit. An almost bourbon-like, sweet honey/vanilla nose was followed up by well-integrated, Christmassy
flavours of spice, apricots, caramel, raisins and a touch of agave tanginess.
Inspirit Brands, 020 7739 1333
2ND Siete Leguas Anejo
This tequila was roundly praised for keeping it real on both design and flavour fronts. Marked highly for a pleasingly musky agave character bolstered by coffee/pepper notes and a softer touch of
honey, and an old-school bottle design.
Boutique Brands, 020 7792 9008
3RD Herradura Seleccion Suprema
The jewel-like, ultra-premium decanter-style bottle was a show-stopper, coupled with a seductive tequila with sweet, fruity, slightly waxy aromas (not unlike a Sauternes) and very full-bodied
flavours of vanilla and spice.
Coe Vintners, 020 8551 4966
4TH Don Julio Anejo
The traditional-style packaging of this tequila from the highlands of Jalisco was marked highly for combining heritage and luxury appeal with strong branding. Meanwhile the smooth, delicate
spirit was judged very sipping-friendly.
Diageo Reserve Brands, 020 7927 5200
5TH Maracame Anejo
This newcomer to the UK stood out with an amber-coloured, añejo spirit that was strong on spicy orange aromas, with a nicely wooded, marmalade palate that moved through to a long, more savoury
Emporia Brands, 01483 458700