Cutwater Spirits Tequila Añejo Wins Tequila of the Year at 2022 USA Spirits Ratings

01/09/2022 Cutwater Spirits Tequila Añejo wins a Gold with 91 points and Tequila of the Year at the 2022 USA Spirits Ratings, held on July 24 in San Francisco, USA.

Cutwater Spirits Añejo is produced in Tequila, Mexico, using only blue agave that has been double distilled in "alambique" stills made of copper and stainless steel after being open fermented for several days. Then, they transfer the barrels of Cutwater whiskey from our San Diego distillery to Jalisco, where the spirit is rested. Their Añejo is revealed after more than a year of age with complex aromas of wood, caramel, and bourbon vanilla. a. After then, it is bottled in Jalisco, where the label displays a skull of a Rayador (a Black Skimmer sea bird). The illustration nods to the Cutwater name and traditional Mexican folk art. 

Product: Cutwater Spirits
Producer: Tequila Añejo 
Country: Mexico
Alcohol: 40%

2022 USA Spirits Ratings Judges Tasting Notes 

“Hints of chiles on the nose, with aromas of herbs, nice ripe stone fruit, and cacao on the palate. Silky mouthfeel with great floral effervescence followed by a nice, smooth finish.”


This year more than 800 different spirits from around the world were evaluated by the esteemed panel of judges at USA Spirits Ratings, including some newcomers and longtime favorites.

Here are some of the top winners of the 2022 USA Spirits Ratings : 

Spirit of the year: John B 10 Year Old Single Malt, Netherlands
Distillery of the year: Charles Edge London Limited, Scotland
Best Spirit by Quality: John B 10 Year Old Single Malt, Netherlands
Best Spirit by Package: Bitter Feminist Cachaca, Brazil
Best Spirit by Value: John B 10 Year Old Single Malt, Netherlands
Rum of the year: E. Leon Jimenes 110 Aniversario, Dominican Republic
Tequila of the year: Tequila Anejo, Mexico
Gin of the year: Ginologist Orient, South Africa
Whiskey of the year: John B 10 Year Old Single Malt, Netherlands
Cognac of the year: Rémy Martin XO, French Polynesia
Brandy of the year: Black Bottle XO Brandy, Australia
Liqueur of the year: Nocello, Italy

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