Tequila 512 Wins Highest Honor at
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Austin, TX – Austin based Tequila 512 won a double gold medal and the highly coveted “Best in Show” award at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
The highly regarded competition, now in its 15th year, is the most influential and respected spirits competition in the world. Noted journalists, distillers, beverage directors, mixologists, restaurateurs, Master Sommeliers, hoteliers, consultants and educators comprise the body of judges. The competition had a record number of entries this year, with distillers and importers submitting nearly 1600 spirits from 66 countries.
In order to receive a double gold medal, the panel of expert judges must unanimously agree a product is superior to all others. “Best in Show” winners are then selected from the double gold winners once all 41 expert judges unanimously agree on the best spirit in each category. All tastings are done through a blind tasting process with customized glassware.
"We have always been a bellwether for trends in spirits consumption and growth. Our caliber of judges, our international reputation and professional organization of the competition helps the marketplace be assured of tremendous quality control and opportunities," says competition director and spirits guru Anthony Dias Blue.
Tequila 512, which has only been on the market for two years, is the brainchild of local Austinite Scott Willis. Willis single handedly created the recipe for his tequila and designed the concept and packaging materials, all on a shoestring budget.
"What's inside the bottle has always been most important to me, so for a panel of expert judges with extremely sophisticated palates to unanimously vote our tequila the best in the world is just incredible," said Scott Willis, President and Founder of Tequila 512. "We worked hard to create what we thought was the perfect tequila, so for these guys to say it's the best they've tasted is amazing."
Tequila 512 Blanco is triple distilled, 100% Agave premium tequila; a full and complex tequila with hints of sweetness, spice, pepper and an extremely smooth finish. It is made using the finest estate grown blue agave in the central lowlands outside the village of Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico. The agave piñas are roasted in traditional stone ovens and slowly fermented before distillation. The tequila is filtered for 24 hours, which helps to smooth and mellow the flavor. An oxygenation process is used to enhance the texture, creating a soft, velvety feel. Both processes are implemented without removing the delicate characteristics of the agave.