補足説明 Ultimate Spirits Challenge

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」の補足説明。今日は各銘柄の受賞歴に掲載している「Ultimate Beverage Challenge

(UBC)」についてです。





UBCは2010年から始まった、正確で有用なスピリッツとワインの評価を確立することをミッションとする品評会です。





評価は100ポイントを満点として行われます。評価者はバイヤーとジャーナリストで構成され、1つの製品に対し、3人がブラインドで評価を行い、公平な評価がなされるように配慮されています。90ポイント以上のスコアが付くと別の評価者達によって再評価が行われます。また、その中でも高得点の製品群はChairman's Trophyを決めるためにファイナリストとして、再々評価が行われます。





評価される製品については理想的な温度、グラス等を勘案して最適なコンディションで評価者に提供され、その他のブランドに関する情報は評価者に伝わらないようになっています。





UBCは大きく分けるとスピリッツ部門とワイン部門に分かれています。スピリッツ部門は以下の大カテゴリーに分けられます。





White Spirits


Brown Spirits-Brandy


Brown Spirits-Whisky


Vermouths & Aperitifs


Liquers & Specialties


Soju/Shochu/Baijiu





テキーラはその中のWhite Spiritsに分類されます。White Spiritsはさらに以下の中カテゴリーに分けられます。





Vodka


Gin


Tequila


Rum


Cachaca(カシャッサ-サトウキビを原料としたブラジルのお酒)





さらにテキーラは以下の小カテゴリーに分けられます。





Mixto Tequila / All grades(minimum 51% agave spirits)


Flavored Tequila/All flavors


100% Agave Blanco/Silver/Platinum Tequila


100% Agave Reposado Tequila


100% Agave Añejo Tequila


100% Agave Extra Añejo Tequila


Mezcal/All grades


Sotol, Comiteca, Bacanora


Agave-Based Spirits/ Non-Mexican origin





今年のUBCは2013年3月11日から15日の期間にニューヨークで行われ、その結果が公表されています。100% Agaveカテゴリーの内、ファイナリストになった日本未輸入プレミアムテキーラを参考として以下に掲載します。





評価テーブル


95-100 Category Benchmark/Ultimate Recommendation


90-94 Excellent/Highly Recommended


85-89 Very Good/Strongly Recommended


80-84 Good/Recommended





100% Agave Blanco/Silver/Platinum Tequila





95 Milagro Silver 





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Mellow and round. The nose is melon like with hints of flowers. The palate is clean with earthy flavors reminiscent of fresh green pastures. Light and airy in the mouth. A supporting backbone of salinity gives way to subtle spice on the finish. Delightful.





94 Cruz del Sol Silver





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Savory and powerful. A mix of herbs and clay soil dominate the aromas. In the mouth it is almost salty with plenty of spice up front. Earthy flavors of hearty grasses persist tenaciously on the palate.





94 Z Tequila Blanco





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Very clean. Oatmeal and grass on the nose followed by a subtle earthiness. The taste profile echoes the aromas with toasted snack cracker, grass and a hint of muscat. The finish is, again, very toasty and shows a touch of the earthiness that precedes it.





93 Montalvo Plata





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Starting off with lemon and a touch of pepper, it opens up into smoke and cedar aromas. In the mouth, it is extremely mellow and a warm earthiness balances out sweetgrass and smoke and also carries a lifted citrus tone. The finish is warm and grassy and maintains a wonderful balance that lingers quite long.





93 Pueblo Viejo Blanco





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Sweet aromas of vanilla and spice jump out of the glass. The palate is decidedly earthy and dry with salty mineral flavors. Minimal spice on the finish with echoes of the sweet aromas. Vibrant and tasty.





93 Siete Leguas Blanco





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Pungent cherry, grass and saline aromas fill the glass and lead into a slightly earthy, grainy taste profile. Also showing a hint of smoke.The cherry and saline qualities return on the finish and it ends dry. Delicious.





93 Tequila Cabeza Blanco





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Toasted seeds and spices such as coriander seeds, with a lovely fruity temperament. An easy, soft and fruit driven tequila that is light in body and character.





92 Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Silver





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Deep and complex. Aromas of roasted tropical fruit are thick with high tones of young grass. The flavor is intense with dark spices and molasses without being sweet. The grainy texture turns suede for a supple finish.





92 Olmeca Altos Plata





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Smooth and clean. Aromas of fresh green grass are light and airy, supported by minerals and lime. In the mouth the flavor is dry and silky, with flavors of green apple skin, minerals and young green herbs.





100% Agave Reposado Tequila





95 Siete Leguas Reposado





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Straw with flecks of gold in the color. Incredibly spicy and earthy on the nose with hints of cedar and butterscotch. The mouth feel is round and oily while the taste offers more of that spicy and cedar character.





94 IZKALI Reposado





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Fresh salty earth aromas are layered with light toffee and caramel. Plush and smooth in the mouth with an almost viscous consistency. Light flavors of earth, pineapple and very subtle smoke leave a pleasant herbal flavor.





93 Carmesi Reposado





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Light and golden. Aroma is briny, with soil and earth qualities. In the mouth it is light and salty with intensely spicy earth flavors of grass. There is a distant hint of vanilla on the finish.





93 Lunazul Reposado





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Fresh and grassy. Aromas are layered with fresh green grass, tart citrus and salty minerals. Darker in the mouth, flavor profile is dry and rich with deep roasted earth flavors. Smooth from beginning to end.





92 Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Reposado





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Vibrant. Citrusy and salty on the nose, with a touch of vanilla in the background. In the mouth, flavors are of burnt orange and sweet spices. Dry, with plenty of richness and slightly grainy texture. Lingers long in the mouth.





91 Olmeca Altos Reposado





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Smooth and mellow. Aromas are of lightly roasted sweet potatoes and squash. It is light in the mouth with a silky texture. Salty at first, the flavors develop nicely into rich spices, roasted vegetables with a touch of sweetness at the end. Wonderful.





91 Piedra Azul Reposado





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Aromas of fresh limes and flowers are clean and bright. Remarkably smooth and plush texture in the mouth. The flavor profile is mostly dry with limes, minerals and light herbs on the long finish.





91 Tres Agaves Reposado





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100% Agave Añejo Tequila





96 IZKALI Añejo




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Begins with a fantastic bouquet of toasted oak, vanilla and cashew butter with delicate hints of caramel, orange blossom and lime zest. In the mouth it is rich with suggestions of brown sugar, vanilla, caramel and lime zest flavors along with a hint of gentle smoke that crescendos into a lengthy finish tinged with vanilla and sweet smoke. Wow!





95 Siete Leguas Añejo





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Straw colored, with a lively nose of cracked white pepper and freshly crushed hot peppers. Palate is sweeter than one would expect, with a hint of vanilla that weaves through flavors of grass, pepper and white flowers. An intricately balanced tequila.





94 Lunazul Añejo





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Butterscotch, vanilla, almond toffee and a slight hint of white chocolate, cinnamon and clove comprise this fabulous bouquet. Once in the mouth, vanilla takes over with undertones of smoked sea salt, butterscotch and lime zest. A semisweet finish with traces of toffee ensues.





92 Corazon Añejo






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A gentle nose of burned grass, toasted oat, lime zest and a touch of vanilla and toasted coconut. Once in the mouth it is very soft and mellow with delicate hints of vanilla, sweet smoke and lime zest. The finish is semisweet and long.





92 Don Julio 70 Claro Añejo





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Aromas are creamy and grassy with hints of citrus in the background. In the mouth it is mostly dry to off dry with plenty of fresh green spice up front, going from fiery to smooth with a hint of sweet creamy orange on the finish.





100% Agave Extra Añejo Tequila





95 Casa Sauza XA Edición Limitada Extra Añejo





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Ripe pineapple and green pepper aromas are sweet and piquant. It begins sweet and earthy with jicama and grassy flavors and slowly unfolds a bit of jalapeño spice with vanilla cream undertones. The texture is smooth with a dusty finish.





94 Alquimia Extra Añejo





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A wonderfully delicate nose of vanilla, sugarcane, toasted oak, butterscotch, citrus pith and sea air. More subtle traces of grass as well. In the mouth it is delectably smooth. Flavors of vanilla, gentle smoke, butterscotch, brown sugar and lime zest are present. The finish is dry with notes of vanilla and a lingering salinity.





92 Malinalli Extra Añejo






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Very delicate aromas of lime, sweetgrass, smoke and vanilla. A touch of white flower as well. In the mouth, vanilla becomes more apparent as well as a touch of honey and is balanced by lime zest and a smoky saline quality. This salinity endures into the finish and is balanced by a vanilla sweetness.





94 San Matias Gran Reserva 3 Years Old Extra Añejo





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Cinnamon and clove aromas with a background of green herbs. The flavor is salty and spicy leading into spiced oranges and green vegetables. Lightly smoky throughout with a pleasant sandy texture.








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