Washingtonians can now find a new tequila brand on the shelves of many of the area’s top bars and liquor stories. FINO is a new women-owned, Chicago-based brand, that produces a selection of extremely smooth, premium tequilas in Jalisco, Mexico.
Each of FINO’s handcrafted tequilas are distilled from 100% pure blue agave and created in small batches. Its Blanco has a delightful smoothness and clarity with flavors of vanilla, mint and cinnamon.
FINO’s Reposado and Anejo are aged in Jack Daniels whiskey barrels and never artificially colored. The Reposado is aged for eight to 11 months and has hints of vanilla, mint, and a soft touch of tobacco. The Anejo is aged for three years creating a perfect balance between the bold flavors of agave and charred oakwith rich sweet notes of agave and hints of chocolate, melon, vanilla and tobacco.
BLT Steak, Mission (Dupont and Navy Yard locations), Chaplin’s, and Service Bar are among the DC establishments with FINO available. It’s also available for purchase at Bell Wine & Spirits and Bloomingdale Wine and Spirits among other liquor outlets across the city .
Sales of tequila in the U.S. has been growing steadily for more than a decade, with nearly 16 million 9 liter cases sold in 2016. Washington, DC was responsible for 55,000 cases — placing it among the top five areas in the county for tequila consumption per capita.
“FINO is the Spanish word for fine. It’s also an acronym for ‘failure is not an option,’ which are words we live by and have printed on every bottle we produce,” said Jana Iyer, who co-founded the company with Sonali Patel.
“We have a premium tequila with a great message and story deserving of premium attention, which is why we knew earlier on that FINO needed to be in the nation’s capital. And we are excited to have made it happen,” said Patel.