Three Austin-based liquor companies have combined to create the first Liquor House in Texas, a conglomerated company that both produces and imports spirits. Empresario LLC was formed by the merger among Pepe Zevada Z Tequila, Paula’s Texas Spirits, and Republic Tequila. Its aim is to grow to join the ranks of American liquor houses such as Sazerac and Brown-Forman while maintaining strong Texas roots.
Empresario’s CEO Glynn Bloomquist was formerly the CEO of Z Tequila. Bloomquist has spent over thirty years developing and growing businesses. In Austin he has worked with companies such as Back-In-A-Flash, Barton Medical, and Current Solutions. Gary Kelleher, creator and co-founder of Dripping Springs Vodka, and CEO of Paula’s Texas Spirits since 2013, will serve as COO of the new company. Jose “Pepe” Zevada, founder of Z Tequila, and Tom Nall, founder of Republic Tequila, will serve as directors. Paula Angerstein, founder of Paula’s Texas Spirits, will continue in an advisory role.
Empresario’s award-winning portfolio currently includes seven tequilas, two liqueurs,...more
After 35 years travelling the world as an executive in the spirits industry, Pepe Zevada retired to Austin, Texas. However, it did not take him long to get back in the game and he quickly launched Z Tequila. His Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo tequilas have received awards and critical acclaim and are well-loved throughout Texas.
Now, Pepe is rounding out his portfolio with the release of an extra añejo tequila. Extra Añejo is a relatively new category of tequila, introduced in 2006. In order to qualify for the title, tequila must be aged for a minimum of three years. The Zevada Family Gran Reserva Extra Añejo is aged for four. It is made from 100% mature lowland agave that is cooked and distilled using traditional old-world methods. The tequila then rests in new American White Oak barrels, which are lightly toasted, not charred. The result is an exquisite and distinctive spirit with a maple nose, flavor notes of caramel and toasted nuts followed by agave, and a smooth, bourbon-like finish.
Retailing at right around $70, the value is as remarkable as the quality,...more
Z Tequila continues to prove it has award-winning quality by taking home one of the industry’s most prestigious awards.
Austin, Texas – June 5, 2014 – Z Tequila, and the man who created it, has long been captivating the Austin market with authenticity, tradition and quality. Meanwhile, the list of awards for this locally-based, value priced, 100% Agave Tequila continues to grow.
In 2012 all three Tequila marques, Blanco, Reposado and Anejo took home medals from The San Francisco World Spirits Competition, where 34 judges comprised of industry professionals “blind-taste” the products. Blind tastings are essential to insure taste is the primary criteria and that no brand preference interferes with palate. The Blanco took home the highest award, the coveted Double-Gold.
Z Tequila recently learned it has been awarded another top award from SIP, the largest consumer tasting competition conspicuously absent of industry influence. The SIP Awards took place in California this May. Z Tequila won the highest award, Platinum, for both the Blanco and Reposado, while earning...more
Using professional criteria, the blanco tequilas were served “blindly” to 16 members of our judging panel, and rated on a 1-5 point scoring system with 5 being the best. After totaling up the scores, the blanco tequilas were ranked based on the impressions of the judges, and awarded medals according to a set range of final point scores received.
The complete ranking results, along with tasting notes, are published on TheFiftyBest.comwebsite: www.thefiftybest.com/tequila/best_tequila_blanco
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Z Tequila Blanco receives highest medal at the oldest, largest, and most recognized spirits competition in the United States.
Austin, Texas, 5 April 2012 – The San Francisco World Spirits Competition announced the results from their 12th annual competition. This is the first time Z Tequila has entered this esteemed competition that attracts big and small brands alike from across the globe. Z Tequila competed with more than 1,200 other products, from 65 countries and judged by 34 of the most sophisticated palates in the industry.
Every spirit entered in the competition is judged through tastings during the three-day event starting on March 23rd. The well-received spirits are then awarded Bronze, Silver, Gold, or the highest medal honor, the Double Gold Medal. Double Gold Medals are only awarded to a spirit that is awarded a Gold Medal by all 34 judges making it the most sought after medal.
All three Z Tequilas won medals. Z Tequila’s most popular product, Z Tequila Blanco, a premium silver tequila...more
Z Tequila Blanco receives Finalist status and 94 rating in the UBC Ultimate Spirits Challenge.
Austin, Texas March 21, 2012 – The Ultimate Spirits Challenge judges comprised of spirit experts from all over the world gather annually to blind taste/evaluate flights of distilled spirits by classifications within major spirits categories, employing a custom-created, multistage format. Judges record their findings on a worksheet on which they score each product on the 100-point scale.
Multiple 3-person panels of judges are formed. The products from each category that score 90 or more undergo another level of evaluation by UBC panels of experts to arrive at the best products from each greater category. Final scores are derived from the cumulative total in order to allow each product multiple chances to shine. Each category will have a coveted “Chairman’s Trophy” winner selected from the Finalists.
Z Tequila Blanco (Silver) was described as, “Very clean. Oatmeal and grass on the nose followed by a subtle earthiness. The taste profile echoes the aromas with toasted...more