Tequila 512 Wins Gold at San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Austin, TX – Austin’s newest tequila, Tequila 512, won a gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) last week. Of the 65 tequilas entered in the blanco category, only twelve were awarded gold medals.
The SFWSC is widely regarded as 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 over 1400 spirits from 63 countries.
Tequila 512, which has only been on the market for five months, is the brainchild of local Austinite Scott Willis. Two weeks after launching, Tequila 512 was also awarded “Best Blanco Tequila in Austin” by the Austin Tequila Society.
“As a newcomer to the market, we are thrilled to be bringing home gold from this well-regarded competition,” said Willis. “Our focus has always been on what’s inside the bottle, and this award proves that focus has paid off. Winning the gold medal further validates our creation of a high quality tequila at a reasonable price.”
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.