El Rey Tequila: Reigning Supreme - .@TequilaElRey

El Rey Tequila: Reigning Supreme 

Oakland-based specialty El Rey tequila took home first place in the Monterey Bay Tequila & Cuisine competition -- marking themselves as a brand to watch out for.

For this competition, 14 pre-selected judges sampled 22 different tequilas and a total of 39 expressions comprised of blanco, reposado, anejo and extra anejo. Blind samples were numbered, categorized by expression and judged on four categories: aroma, flavor, finish and value -- for a total score of 100.

Judges have several weeks to taste and evaluate each expression. Individual tabulation and scoring is stored through the noteworthy Tequila Matchmaker mobile app. Tequila Matchmaker founder Grover Sanschagrin keeps track of all tabulations for the final results. 

El Rey was the clear contender in the Blanco category, surpassing other popular brands like Fortaleza by several points. Their Reposado also took number one, showing that their traditional expressions hold up to well established and respected brands. 

Launched in 2006, El Rey was inspired by a revelatory glass of home-brewed tequila from a cantina in Sayuaho, Mexico. It took six years to recreate the smooth, richly nuanced taste of that transcendent first sip, but the hard work paid off. In 2017, El Rey won its first Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. 

El Rey Tequila: Reigning Supreme - .@TequilaElRey El Rey Tequila: Reigning Supreme - .@TequilaElRey Reviewed by FADED4U on October 31, 2018 Rating: 5

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