Winners Announced for the 2012 Awards, Including Tequila, Mezcal, and Sotol

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The "Best of the Best" Tequila, Mezcal, and Sotol for 2012 awarded in this exclusive tasting event hosted by

2012 "Best of the Best"

2012 "Best of the Best"

This tasting competition is unique, we take the necessary amount of time to evaluate each product correctly, providing consumers with legitimate, un-rushed results.

The Awards is an exclusive, private tasting open to all submitted "Spirits of Mexico" within the last year. No entry fees were solicited or collected. Aficionados and industry professionals donated their personal time to accurately blind taste products from each category for over one week, pushing top contenders through multiple rounds, and arriving at the top products. Only the "Best of the Best" are awarded for each category.

Over 100 brands submitted 247 products to this honorable and highly respected tasting competition, as continues to host the largest "Spirit of Mexico" tasting in the United States. The margins were extremely slim between each of the final winners of each category, and the spirits below are all considered's "Best of the Best" for 2012.

"Thanks again to all of the brands that participate and actively support our events," commented Darin Jones, owner of "This tasting competition is unique, we take the necessary amount of time to evaluate each product correctly, providing consumers with legitimate, un-rushed results. Congratulations to the following medal winners in the 2012 Awards."

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2012 Competition Categories:
Lowland Blanco Tequilas - Highland Blanco Tequilas - Lowland Reposado Tequilas - Highland Reposado Tequilas - Lowland Añejo Tequilas - Highland Añejo Tequilas - Extra Añejo Tequilas - Agave Blend Tequilas - Organic Tequilas - High Proof Tequilas - Tequila Infusions - Tequila Liqueurs - Joven Mezcals - Aged Mezcals - Sotols

2012 Lowland Blanco Tequila Winners            
88 Eighty-Eight Tequila Blanco
Abreojos Tequila Silver
Amate Tequila Silver
Celestial Tequila Silver
Demetrio Tequila Blanco
Fortaleza Tequila Blanco (Judge Favorite)
Huizache Tequila Silver
Tequilador Tequila Silver
Viva los Sanchos Tequila Blanco

2012 Highland Blanco Tequila Winners                
3 Amigos Tequila Blanco (Judge Favorite)
3 Amigos Tequila Silver
Agave Dos Mil Tequila Blanco Grand Reserve (Judge Favorite)
Agave Underground Tequila Silver
AquaRiva Tequila Blanco
Cava Don Anastacio Tequila Blanco
Centinela Tequila Blanco
Cruz Del Sol Tequila Silver
Don Weber Tequila Blanco
El Capo Tequila Silver (Judge Favorite)
Embajador Tequila Blanco
Familia Camarena Tequila Silver
Julio Cesar Chavez Tequila Blanco
Siembra Azul Tequila Blanco
Suerte Tequila Blanco (Judge Favorite)
Vida Tequila Blanco

2012 Lowland Reposado Tequila Winners                    
Blue Nectar Tequila Reposado
Carreta de Oro Tequila Reposado (Judge Favorite)
Casa de Luna Tequila Reposado
Celestial Tequila Reposado
Fortaleza Tequila Reposado

2012 Highland Reposado Tequila Winners                    
1921 Tequila Reposado
Agave Dos Mil Tequila Reposado Grand Reserve
Alquimia Tequila Reposado
ArteNOM 1414 Tequila Reposado
Cabrito Tequila Reposado
Cava Don Anastacio Tequila Reposado
Crotalo Tequila Reposado
Don Weber Tequila Reposado
Embajador Tequila Reposado
Izkali Tequila Reposado
Julio Cesar Chavez Tequila Reposado
La Puerta Negra Tequila Reposado
Pura Vida Tequila Reposado
Rancho Alegre Tequila Reposado
Rudo Tequila Reposado
Suerte Tequila Reposado (Judge Favorite)

2012 Lowland Añejo Tequila Winners                
88 Eighty-Eight Tequila Añejo
Amate Tequila Añejo
Arta Tequila Añejo
Carreta de Oro Tequila Añejo
Casa de Luna Tequila Añejo
Fortaleza Tequila Añejo

2012 Highland Añejo Tequila Winners            
3 Amigos Tequila Añejo
ArteNOM 1146 Tequila Añejo (Judge Favorite)
Centinela Tequila Añejo
Cuestion Tequila Añejo
Don Julio Tequila Añejo
Don Weber Tequila Añejo (Judge Favorite)
El Afan Tequila Añejo
El Capo Tequila Añejo
Mañana Tequila Añejo
Pura Vida Tequila Añejo
Suerte Tequila Añejo
Tecnico Tequila Añejo
Tequila Joe's Añejo (Judge Favorite)

2012 Extra Añejo Tequila Winners                
Alquimia Tequila Extra Añejo (Judge Favorite)
Campo Azul Tequila Extra Añejo
Centinela Tequila Extra Añejo (Judge Favorite)
Crotalo Tequila Extra Añejo
Don Pilar Tequila Extra Añejo

2012 Agave Blend Tequila Winners (Highlands & Lowlands)                    
Agavales Tequila Reposado
Ambhar Tequila Añejo
Blue Iguana Tequila Silver
Blue Iguana Tequila Reposado
Luna Nueva Tequila Añejo

2012 Organic Tequila Winners                
3 Amigos Tequila Blanco (Judge Favorite)
Alquimia Tequila Añejo
Republic Tequila Reposado

2012 High-Proof Tequila Winners                    
Dulce Vida Tequila Reposado
Dulce Vida Tequila Añejo
Peligroso Tequila Silver

2012 Infused Tequila Winners            
Blue Nectar Reposado Special Reserve            

2012 Tequila Liqueur Winners                
1921 Tequila Cream

2012 Joven Mezcal Winners                
Alipus Mezcal Joven - San Andres (Judge Favorite)
Alipus Mezcal Joven - San Juan
El Tinieblo Mezcal Joven
Mezcalero Mezcal Joven (Judge Favorite)
Union Mezcal Joven

2012 Aged Mezcal Winners
Ilegal Mezcal Añejo (Judge Favorite)
Herencia del Mezcalero Mezcal Reposado            

2012 Sotol Winners
Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol Plata                
Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol Reposado    
Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol Añejo
Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol H5 Extra Añejo                

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