Review: Azunia Blanco Tequila
Azunia Blanco Tequila was first released as Azunia Platinum Tequila in 2010. Jim Riley a former VP of PR and Events for Kettle One Vodka partnered with the family owned and operated Rancho Miravalle Estate to create Azunia Tequila. Hall of Fame Basketball legend Bill Walton is also an equity partner. In 2013 the brand redesigned their bottle. Gone is the twist off cap in favor of a new more modern looking design that featured textured paper labels, wood caps and hand crafted glass bottles. Some time between then and now the name was changed, the packaging was redesigned again, and Azunia Blanco Tequila is now made from 100% Organic blue agave grown for 8-10 years in the valleys of Jalisco on land owned and maintained by Sergio Zuniga and Family. The agave is hand harvested and split in the field, then taken to the estate owned distillery. The pinas are slow roasted for 36 hours in traditional clay hornos. Once cooled the pinas are crushed in the pressing mills to extract the agave juice. Yeast is produced naturally through a 5-7 day open air fermentation. It is double distilled in small batches in a pot still. Pristine water from a deep artesian well is blended to reduce to 80 proof. A unique filtration follows before it is bottled and hand labeled. The aroma is floral agave and lemon leaning citrus with a green olive backing. The sweet agave entry has citrus flavor building to a bright vanilla blossom and whole orange peak. It fades with a mild peppery sting and a hint of salted caramel. The finish is warm, and semidry, with oily mineral texture, and saline, citrus, and agave taste. Azunia Blanco Tequila has a full flavored agave burst, and a lightly salted finish, that leaves evidence of its organically grown Lowland agave base. The production methods appear to be very similar, between Azunia Blanco Tequila and Azunia Platinum Blanco Tequila. That said, the organic agave used to craft Azunia Blanco Tequila results in a smoother, more flavorful tequila, with less heat and sting than the previously reviewed Azunia Platinum Blanco Tequila. The new bottle design is also their best yet.
Award: Silver Medal