San Francisco, CA, May 17, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- Last week, Ensamble 103, an artisanal mezcal produced by the family-owned Grupo Empresarial Tribal company, was awarded “Best Mezcal 2016” by judges at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. "The San Francisco World Spirits Competition® is the most influential in the industry, and winning a medal here is very meaningful," stated competition director Anthony Dias Blue.
Ensamble 103 received this honor from some of the most respected names in the spirits industry. The panel of 39 judges for the 2016 competition included influential experts such as David Wondrich, Richard Charleton Hacker, Dale DeGroff, and director Tony Abou-Ganin.
Grupo Empresarial Tribal is a small family-owned company founded by Chef Andrea Serra and Bernardo González, whose shared passion for unique flavors and Mexican traditions led them to create a business focusing on the production of mezcal using artisanal processes. The husband and wife team said they won this award at a key moment, when they were struggling to decide whether or not to move forward with the project due to the difficulties they’d encountered so far.
“Although we knew we had a worthy product, it was still a pleasant surprise to receive this recognition. It rewarded our efforts and confirmed the value of our product,” said Mr. González, an engineer with extensive experience in the Mexican liquor industry.
The company’s award-winning Ensamble 103 combines three different types of agave: espadín, the most popular agave in Oaxaca; tobalá, a wild agave harvested in the hills; and madrecuixe, another wild varietal that takes over 12 years to mature. All three are blended according to artisanal processes by master mezcalier Juan Hernandez Santiago, with input from the co-founders on the mezcal’s signature flavor.
“It was very exciting when we started developing the flavors of our mezcal,” said Chef Serra. “It was interesting to learn how different processes led to differences in taste.”
Due to their recent success, Grupo Empresarial Tribal’s next goal is to break into the U.S. liquor market and reach as many American mezcal fans as possible. It is currently offering a presale of its products, including Ensamble 103, via an Indiegogo campaign. For more information, visit: http://www.mezcaltribal.com