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Campeon Silver Tequila 100% de Agave Azul

Campeón Silver
Tequila 100% de
Agave Azul


By Robert Plotkin

It's actually a simple proposition. Distillers who handcraft their tequilas using traditional techniques produce more flavorful and higher quality spirits. Such is the case with ultra-savory Campeón Silver Tequila 100% de Agave Azul. Unaffected by barrel aging, it is easy to perceive the character of the roasted agaves used in its production. A quick sniff, sip and swallow and you'll be a fan.

Enthusiasts of sipping tequilas neat will greatly appreciate Campeón Silver, which in Spanish translates to "Champion." The brand is made at Tequila El Viejito Distillery [NOM 1107] from mature agaves grown in the high altitudes of the eastern Highlands. After harvesting, the agaves are brought to the distillery where they are steam cooked in brick ovens at low temperatures, a practice that ensures the starches in the agaves are fully metabolized into fermentable sugar. The juice is then fermented using a proprietary strain of yeast before being double-distilled in a copper pot still. Prior to bottling at 40% alcohol (80 proof), the insides of the bottles are washed and sterilized with tequila to ensure optimum quality.

Award-winning Campeón Silver is a crystal clear gem with a satiny textured, medium-weight body and a lush bouquet of floral, herbaceous and peppery aromas. Its aromatics alone are well worth the price admission, so allow the tequila a fair chance to fully open up. You'll be richly rewarded. The entry is gentle as it quickly expands bathing the palate with waves of earthy, peppery and vegetal flavors. The finish is long, dry and spicy warm.

"Campeón is stylistically crafted to be fruit forward and soft on the palate, highlighting the exceptional quality of our agaves," notes John Palatella, President of The Legacy Group, producer of Campeón Tequila. "Like all of our tequilas, Campeón Silver is complex and perfectly balanced. It's a sensational tequila whether consumed neat or mixed in cocktails."

For example, Campeón Silver enjoys a starring role in the Maragateq, a twist on the classic cocktail Maragato Especial, which was created by Emilio "Maragato" Gonzales, lead bartender at El Floridita in Havana, Cuba during the 1920s. In the Maragateq, the light rum called for in the original is replaced with Campeón Silver. It's a good move as the earthy, peppery and vegetal flavors in the tequila marry perfectly with the fresh citrus and tandem vermouths. Adding a flamed orange peel is the finishing touch.

Says Palatella, "The Maragateq demonstrates the versatility of Campeón Silver Tequila. We wanted to pay homage to a true classic cocktail with significant historical pedigree, all the while taking into consideration ease and speed of execution."

The range also includes Campeón Reposado, which is aged 6 to 8 months in small American white oak barrels once used to age bourbon. The company chooses to use lightly charred barrels so as to not obscure the character of the agave. The reposado has a pale gold/straw color, a medium-weight body and citrus, spice and fruit bouquet. Its palate is a rich collection of long lasting flavors, including coffee, figs, dark chocolate and cinnamon with hints of smoke and pepper on the lingering finish.

Equally impressive is Campeón Añejo, a light hued, yet sophisticated tequila that is barrel-aged for 16 to 18 months. It is an excellent candidate for sipping after dinner. The Añejo is brimming with floral and fruit aromas and a palate full of spice, fruit, caramel, vanilla and cinnamon with a hint of smoke on the finish.

Campeón—great tequila at a reasonable price.