Over the years Casa Noble Tequila has been written up as the Best of the Best in the 100% Tequila Category.
Many times Casa Noble Tequila is compared to a handful of 100% Tequila’s but never to PATRON. WHY?
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Posted: 05/04/2012 7:29 am

It happens every year. I get a bunch of tequilas or mezcals or agave nectars or orange liqueurs in the mail. I think, well, this margarita-centric stuff doesn’t fit with the in-depth exploration I’m working on of schnapps made in the greater West Virginia area, or the pastrami-flavored vodka review I have to write for next week. I’ll leave it until Cinco de Mayo. Inevitably, before I know it, it’s Cuatro de Mayo, and instead of writing about tequila or anything vaguely Mexican, I’m working on a piece about chocolate chip cookie-infused aquavit, or the best armagnacs to drink with Cheez Doodles.

So, without further ado, here’s a quick little shout-out to some of the best tequilas and related products I’ve had the pleasure to sample over the last year, and to the PR flaks who faithfully remind me about Cinco de Mayo starting in, oh, November or so.

Here’s to you, Casa Noble Tequila, whose blanco, reposado and añejo are all among the finest tequilas you can quaff. My favorite is the añejo, triple distilled and aged in French limousin oak barrels, with a damn near perfect balance of vanilla, agave and earthy/grassy flavors and a long, smooth finish that will leave you going “Aaaahhhhhh….” And the bottles are as attractive as the tequila inside is delicious.

Muchas gracias, Dr. Adolfo Murillo, creator of Tequila Alquimia, one of the best tequilas you’ve probably never heard of. Certified organic and housed in bottles made from recycled glass, Alquimia is both earth-friendly and mouth-friendly. The blanco may be the best I’ve tried all year, with soft anise and grape notes that make it delicious both in a margarita and sipped on its own. The reposado is a stunner as well, with strong vegetal, vanilla and pepper notes. And the añejo is simply out of this world — soft and velvety, caressing your taste buds and doing everything but singing Mexican folk ballads softly in your ear. If you see Alquimia at your local watering hole or liquor store, don’t hesitate. One sip and you’ll be thanking Dr. Murillo too.

A hearty ¡ay, Dios mio! to Patron, the groundbreaking premium brand whose Gran Patron Burdeos will run you in the neighborhood of $500-700. Patron blew my mind and broke me out of the Cuervo Gold ghetto when I first tried it in the ’90s. But after the distillery was moved in 2002, its quality and reputation suffered, to the point where it’s de rigeur for serious tequila fans to either ignore or belittle the brand. This super-high end bottling, finished in vintage Bordeaux barrels and housed in stunning handcrafted black walnut boxes, has had its share of both ecstatic and horrific reviews. I’m closer to the ecstatic camp. It’s definitely an odd one, with the Bordeaux barrels giving it flavors of dark fruits and more intense caramel notes than you’d find in a typical tequila. But of course, it’s not supposed to be a typical tequila, is it?

Big Cinco de Mayo props to Milagro Tequila, who sent me one of the spiffier gift packs I’ve gotten in recent memory. The “World’s Freshest Margarita” kit included a Boston shaker, a lime press — essential for margarita making! — Milagro’s own Silver blanco tequila and agave nectar, fresh limes and a beautifully bound hardcover recipe book, containing recipes for margaritas and much more, in a handsome tote bag to carry it all. Is it the world’s freshest margarita? Well, I guess it’s in a tie with every other margarita made with fresh squeezed lime juice. But it’s tasty, that’s for sure — Milagro Silver makes a fine margarita. On its own, it’s got a lovely, herbal and slightly mineral flavor with a bit of citrus on the entry. As a mixer, it’s full-bodied enough to stand up to whatever you throw in with it.

As for the agave nectar included in the kit, I much prefer sweetening my margs with orange liqueur (or triple sec or curaçao), which complements the agave in the tequila in a way that simply adding more agave in the form of nectar can’t. Which is why I tip my chapeau to Mandarine Napoleon. Sure, it’s French, but your margarita definitely won’t mind. Most orange liqueurs use a neutral spirit base, but Napoleon, like Grand Marnier, uses a cognac base, which gives the whole shebang a much deeper, richer and more complex flavor. It also uses Sicilian mandarine oranges rather than the more traditional curaçao oranges. It’s a liqueur, so it’s a little sweet and syrupy when consumed on its own, but it makes for a mean mixer, comparable to Grand Marnier itself. And legend has it that this stuff was first created for Napoleon himself. Pretty cool, right?

Mixing rum and tequila? Sounds gross, right? But not if you flavor your margarita with Rhum Clement Creole Shrubb orange liqueur, which uses Clement’s superlative rhum agricole (meaning rum distilled from cane juice rather than molasses) as a base. It’s got a beautiful, zesty orange flavor that’s lighter and less sweet than most triple secs, and a finish that’s got a lot of wood as well as orange notes. I wouldn’t have believed that it could work in a margarita… until I tried it. A big “¡Saludos, amigos!” to Martinique’s finest.

And last but not least, a misty-eyed “Yo recuerdo, querido” to El Teddy’s, the legendary and long-gone Tribeca watering hole. As a callow youth in the mid ’90s, uneducated in the way of drinking for quality instead of quantity, El Teddy’s opened my eyes to the magic of margaritas. Cocktails with fresh ingredients and premium spirits weren’t as ubiquitous back then as they are today. To taste a ‘rita made with fresh-squeezed lime juice and a tequila that wasn’t Cuervo Gold — and shaken in a shaker rather than frozen in a blender, no less! — was an eye-opening and mind-expanding experience that will stay with me until the last sip of tequila crosses my lips. I miss that place to this day.

¡Tenemos que beber ahora! Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone!


The Wayzata Logistic Company takes a special pride in this

   FDFA/AFHT award as Patron Spirits first & exclusive

                 Asia/Pacific logistic & supply chain.

 In three years, the Patron Tequila Brand has gone from being a USA-centric to becoming a global player. The Patron Spirits Company set up its first international division in the Asia/Pacific region, 2005. Under the direction of Ted McDonnell, CEO, of the Liberty Lighthouse Group and Wayzata Company became a model for supplying global markets.

The Wayzata Company, is currently known as Oceanus AP and was proud to be the Patron Spirits Company key source for supplying all Asia Pacific Regional, Duty Free & Domestic markets, since its international inception. (2005 – 2011 Nov.)

This Award is voted by all the buyers in DF regardless of category chose Patron Spirits as the Best Supplier. Patron Spirits was up against heavy weights of the industry and all other duty free sectors.’ This is going to give us the opportunity to fill the gaps in the travel retail industry.’’ (JM)

 In 2009 the Wayzata Company became OCEANUS AP.

Ted McDonnell, Jr. – CEO

Liberty Lighthouse Group and Oceanus AP Company


In 2012 Liberty Lighthouse Group will open a specialty Mexican Spirits Agency.

Over the past several years, Liberty Lighthouse Group introduced the 100% Blue Agave Tequila’s into the Asia Pacific region. Since 2005 to 2011 we managed the launch and supported Patron Spirits growth region wide. Most recently, in 2010 we launched Casa Noble 100% Blue Agave Tequila’s. Casa Noble best knows for its ultra premium quality and Carlos Santana partnership in 2011.

With each of these 100% Blue Agave Tequila brands we received wide acceptance in the Asia Pacific region.

Tequila total focus is to support the very Best of the Best from Mexican independent distillers of Beer, Mixto Tequila’s, 100% Blue Agave Tequila’s, Mescals and others spirits.

Mexican Brands covering the 5 States, Lowland Agave Growth, Highland Agave Growth, Organic Tequila’s, French Oak Barrels, Bourbon Barrels, Double – Triple Distilled, 100% Blue Agave Tequila’s, 100% Mescals, Mixto’s, Liqueurs, Mexico Beers, and other Extra’s.

It is no surprise, TEQUILA TOTAL first selection to partner with is recognized as 2011 HOTTEST BRAND 100% Blue Agave TEQUILA in the category. KAH’s Range of 100% BLUE AGAVE TEQUILA’S.

Agave 99 100% Blue Agave Tequila; elegant bottle package, highly rated and noted for its smooth taste, Organic, French Oak Barrel and is 99 proof.

A wide range of excellent Mexican Beers; Mexicali, Rio Grande Ale, Pilsner and Dark Beer. Diablo Chili Beer – I dare you to drink ONE BOTTLE!!!!!!!

Please read on…

Drinks Americas KAH® Tequila Named “Best of the Best” by Tequila.net

WILTON, CT, (DATE) – Drinks Americas Holdings, Ltd., (“Drinks”) (OTCBB: DKAMD), a leading developer and marketer of beverage products, announced today that KAH® Tequila was recently honored with Tequila.net’s prestigious “Best of the Best” award. Taking “Best of the Best” honors in the High-Proof Tequila category was KAH® Tequila 110 Proof Reposado.

The Tequila.net Awards are a unique competition. At an exclusive, private tasting, aficionados and industry professionals donate their personal time to blind taste products in several categories. No entry fees are solicited or collected. The judges spend a full week, taking the time necessary to evaluate each product correctly. Contenders are pushed through multiple rounds until the top products are revealed. Only the “Best of the Best” are awarded in each category, producing results consumers can trust that are unbiased and carefully considered.

The 2011 Tequila.net Awards were announced in November. Over 100 brands submitted 277 products to this competition making it the largest Agave spirits tasting ever in the United States.

KAH® Tequila previously received multiple awards for taste in all styles at the Spirits International Prestige Competition, with KAH® Extra Anejo receiving the Platinum Award for Best in Class. The KAH® Tequila Series received the Platinum Award for Best in Class for Package Design. In addition to those awards, The Spirits of Mexico Tasting Competition judged KAH® Tequila as Best in Category and awarded the Gold Medal to KAH® Anejo, the Gold Medal to KAH® Blanco and the Bronze Medal to KAH® Reposado 110 Proof.

Drinks Americas develops, owns, markets, and nationally distributes alcoholic premium beverages. In June 2011, the Company entered into a sales, distribution and licensing agreement with Worldwide Beverage Imports, LLC and is now selling and distributing KAH® Tequila, Agave 99® Tequila, Rio Bravo Beer, Crazy Pig Ale and Chili Devil Beer. The Company also markets Willie Nelson’s Old Whiskey River Bourbon, Olifant Vodka, receives a royalty for Kid Rock’s American Badass Beer and Damiana Mexican Liqueur, and owns and distributes Rheingold Beer.

For further information, please visit us on Facebook at http://www.facebook/KahTequila and on our new websites at www.Tequilatotal.com and http://www.rheingoldbrewingcompany.com.

Contact: Ted McDonnell at Liberty Lighthouse Group / Tequila Total website.

KAH Tequila ~ Agave 99 Tequila
Rheingold Beer ~ Rio Bravo Beer ~ Crazy Pig Ale ~ Chili Devil Beer

Celebrated 200-Year-Old Boutique Distillery Ready to Shine with a Year of Promotions and Events

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Casa Noble Tequila is looking to 2012 as a year of new beginnings. With a series of promotions and events, the organic tequila company has set its eyes on new markets and campaigns for 2012. Casa Noble will see changes to its social media platforms including regular updates on the company’s Facebook and website, as well as the addition of a newsletter, previously reserved for the beverage industry, which will soon be available to fans who sign up at www.casanoble.com. Alongside these changes, Casa Noble will release a new ad campaign featuring the newest edition to the Casa Noble family, Carlos Santana. The Casa Noble mobile app – available on iPhone with the Android platform coming soon – will also get a face lift with the inclusion of cocktail recipes and featured dishes that pair with the tequila in new and innovative ways. Soon to be announced promotions around the United States will bring new eyes and fans to the long celebrated brand.

Casa Noble CEO Jose Hermosillo said, “Casa Noble has been growing exponentially, even in such a competitive market with the large multi-national companies that invest millions in advertising, and so many non-industry newcomers with deep pockets who have found the tequila business so appealing. I believe our commitment to quality and the attention to every detail is key to Casa Noble, which has made tequila fans and high quality spirit aficionados take notice.”

2011 proved to be a milestone year for Casa Noble when BusinessWeek, who previously named Casa Noble as one of the “World’s Best-Tasting Tequilas,” gave the brand’s Reposado top marks – 5/5 stars – in their December 2011 issue, putting it above all others in the taste test. Another highlight of 2011 was the addition of music icon Carlos Santana who joined the board and came on as one of the owners of the company. This exciting change to the organization allows Santana to be involved in the continued development of the brand which is already recognized as one of the finest handcrafted spirits in the world.

Hermosillo, commenting on the shared long-term commitment to the continued growth of the brand, said, “With Carlos becoming a part of the family last year, we see 2012 as a chance to position Casa Noble as the ultra-premium tequila of choice, we are very excited to see what is ahead.”

A renowned boutique distillery, Casa Noble represents the pride, passion, and quality commitment of more than 200 years and over 7 generations of tequila production. The Casa Noble family of Single Estate Organic tequilas — Crystal, Reposado, and Anejo — has a rich history that has earned them a position as one of the finest ultra premium spirits portfolios in the world. Casa Noble’s handcrafted tequilas are exported to over 23 countries worldwide and currently available in premium retail outlets, exclusive restaurants, distinguished bars and lounges and destination hotels Nationwide in the U.S.

Casa Noble is produced on a family owned distillery that can trace its roots back to 1776 along the hillsides of Jalisco, Mexico surrounded by citrus and mango trees, which are integral to the tequila’s unique taste profile. The tequila is harvested, distilled and bottled on the private family estate that boasts over 6,500 acres of land and more than one million blue agave plants.

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements of events and promotions over the next few months.

For more information, visit www.casanoble.com.

Casa Noble 100% Organic TEQUILA’S and Carlos Santana partnership will elevate the brand awareness and promise to loyal drinkers of quality; 100% Organic Agave, Aged in French White Oak Barrels, Aged in barrels longer than most other 100% Tequila, 10-12 yrs. growing our Agave Plants, Volcanic Waters.

That is complemented by our Packaging; Gem like bottles that is wrapped in elegant tissue paper and packed in an elegant purple Gift Boxes.

Amor y Amargo is the place to get geeky about bitters, the distilled herbs, peels and spices that give cocktails their oomph.

The East Village bar is a bit of a pivot for Ravi DeRossi, who runs next-door hotspots Death & Co. and Cienfuegos, among others. The bar is half cocktail den and half storefront. For the drinks, recent standouts include the A L’Ancienne, with cognac and mole bitters ($14), and the cola-tasting Redemption, made with Jägermeister and Laird’s Applejack ($12).

The store is stocked by partner Avery Glasser, the proprietor of bitters distillery Bittermens. If you like the bitters at the bar, you can take some home with bartending equipment. (The bar hosts classes, too.)

To be sure, this is a tiny niche bar for people who want to focus on bitters and amari liqueurs for a night. “I think if we had 50-plus seats we would have gone out of business by now,” says Mr. DeRossi. “This venue allows us to be extremely interactive with our clientele.”

—Melanie Grayce West

Amor y Amargo, 443 E. Sixth St. at Avenue A, opens daily at 5 p.m.; 212-614-6817.

Link via:  The Wall Street Journal | New York Food

Brokers Gin has been battling the big names in the Premium Gin Category for the past 12 years. Brokers Gin unique approach to natural herbs and spice creating the cleanest tasting Gin and so it is awarded. See Below…

Broker’s Gin celebrates record year

– 75% increase and more duty free listings –

 Broker’s Gin grew by well over 75 per cent in 2010, boosted both by new distributors and by winning one of the industry’s major accolades – the Chairman’s Trophy at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, New York.

The premium brand saw sales rise to over 21,000 cases (9L equivalent) with the US, Canada, Spain, Russia and Greece taking the lion’s share. 

During the year the company also laid the ground for future expansion by increasing its global footprint to 40 markets and adding duty free listings in Turkey and Southeast Asia.

Having gained 9,000 cases in the last year, Broker’s plans to sell more than 30,000 cases in 2011 and consolidate its position as the world’s third fastest growing premium gin brand (after Bombay Sapphire and Hendrick’s), as announced in the IWSR Drinks Record Dec ‘10/Jan ‘11.

Launched in 1998, Broker’s Gin has succeeded through a combination of word-of-mouth and personal promotion by the owners Andy and Martin Dawson wearing their trademark bowler hats – symbol of its London Dry style and featured on every bottle cap.

The gin itself is made in small batches, five times distilled in a traditional mini-still.  Its flavour and character are based on a classic 200 year old recipe using ten botanicals.

Broker’s Gin takes Chairman’s Trophy in New York’s Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2010

UK Family Business Wins Top Award for 4th Consecutive Year

Shepperton, Surrey, England – March 2010

For the fourth year in a row, a small Shepperton-based company, Broker’s Gin Ltd, has snatched the ultimate accolade from under the noses of the gin-making giants.  This latest award is the spirits equivalent of winning an Oscar in Hollywood.

Broker’s London Dry Gin was created in 1998 by brothers Martin and Andy Dawson.  Despite being a small family business, Broker’s Gin continues to knock spots off other well-known brands the world over.  With a score of 97 points out of a possible 100, Broker’s is the first gin awarded the Chairman’s Trophy in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge based in New York.  To win the trophy, Broker’s trumped Tanqueray and Tanqueray Ten, Beefeater and Beefeater 24, Plymouth, Hendrick’s, Citadelle and Citadelle Reserve, and many others.

“Sue and I were delighted that Broker’s wowed the judging panels.” – Founder, Sue Woodley and Judging Chairman, F Paul Pacult – Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

“… a world-class product, and at a price that is not insane.  Broker’s makes a simply superlative gin.” Keith Brant Berube, The Well-Dressed Gentleman.

“This is the best gin I’ve ever had in my life and I’m 61 years old.  I just bought a bottle the other day and I’m ‘converted’.” – Dr David Posner, Rabbi of the world’s largest synagogue, Temple Emanu-El, New York.

Broker’s Gin is handcrafted in the heart of England. Ten classic gin botanicals, sourced from around the world, are distilled with pure wheat spirit in a traditional copper pot-still, named “Constance”. Broker’s Gin is distilled a total of six times using a recipe over 200 years old.

Winner of:   2010 – Ultimate Spirits Challenge, USA

                     2009 – International Spirits Competition, Germany

                     2008 – The Gin Masters, UK

            2007 – World Beverage Competition, Switzerland

In a world where malt whisky gets all the attention, people often overlook the pleasures of good Blended Scotch. Great King Street will change this. More than just a brand. Gret King Street is a mission, led by Compass Box, to get the whisky world to reconsider the joys of well-made Blended Scotch.

Vicente Fox, President of Mexico, gave Casa Noble a very special recognition for its ground breaking performance in the Asian markets, pioneering the way for many more Mexican products into China and other Asian countries. By winning the coveted Special Gold Medal at the most recent Asian World Spirits Competition, Casa Noble Anejo earns a privileged status not just among other tequilas, but also among the best spirits of the world.

In the event organized by Bancomext (Mexican National Commerce Bank) more than 250 Asian and Mexican businessman attended, including such notables as President Fox, the Ambassador to China in Mexico, Mr. Ren Jingyu, Secretary of Economy Mr. Fernando Canales and Bancomext President Hector Reyes Retana.

A total of sixteen companies were given a special award that recognizes Mexican entrepreneurs whose groundbreaking work is opening doors to new borders and markets. Mr. Carlos Hernandez, President of Casa Noble Tequila received from the hands of Mexican President this singular honor, as Casa Noble became the only boutique distillery to receive such award ever.

With trade to China from Mexico estimated to reach 200 billion dollars this Year, the potential for tequila in Asia looks extremely attractive, and with the outstanding leadership in branding and marketing strategies, Casa Noble stands out as a definitive leader once again.

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