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Michael Jordan and Friends Launch Award-Winning Tequila

Cincoro Tequila, an ultra-luxury line of Tequila Expressions, launched by five friendly professional basketball rivals with a passion for the best.

Edited by 19th Hole Staff | September 23, 2019

Michael Jordan Tequila

Courtesy Cinco Spirits

In July 2016, a group of friendly professional basketball rivals, Jeanie Buss of Los Angeles, Wes Edens of Milwaukee, Emilia Fazzalari and Wyc Grousbeck of Boston and Michael Jordan of Charlotte, met for dinner. They began the evening as acquaintances, and after sharing stories and discovering a mutual love of tequila, they quickly formed the foundation of an extraordinary partnership. Not long after that, the five new friends took the bold step of starting a company from scratch, ensuring their vision for a unique style of tequila that was smooth on the palate, rich and complex in flavor, with a long luxurious finish. 

“We set out to create a sipping tequila that is ultra-smooth, naturally rich, complex and delicious; a tequila with exceptional taste,” explains Emilia Fazzalari, Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner of Cinco Spirits. “Through hard work, determination, and collaboration with our amazing group of founders and extended team, we have brought to life Cincoro Tequila. We believe each of our four Cincoro expressions provides a unique tequila experience that can transcend the category. We cannot wait to share Cincoro with the world!”

To complement the exquisite tequila, the team commissioned Mark Smith, Vice President of Innovation Special Projects at Nike, to design the bottle, packaging and brand identity system. The sleek, contemporary and unique bottle is a glass sculpture of the agave leaf that highlights the liquid with a five-sided base, showcasing the Cincoro Fire Agave icon in the punt at a 23-degree angle, topped with a king’s crown crystal stopper. The name Cincoro, translating to “five gold” in Spanish (“cinco” meaning five, “oro” meaning gold), pays homage to the five founding partners and their pursuit to create the gold standard in tequila.

Cincoro Tequila Portfolio

Courtesy Cinco Spirits

Cincoro was born from the founder’s passion for creating the world’s finest tequila and is uniquely made with the highest quality 100% Weber Blue agave from private farms in both the highland and lowland regions of Jalisco, Mexico. The agave is hand-selected, slow-cooked and distilled in separate small batches, creating two distinct distillates, which are then artfully blended to create Cincoro Blanco, one of four Cincoro expressions. The Reposado, Añejo, and Extra Añejo expressions are barrel-aged in an underground cellar to maximize flavor and complexity. The signature Cincoro taste profile highlights the terroir of the agave, and each expression is a one-of-a-kind tequila experience akin to a single malt scotch, American craft bourbon or fine wine.

Before the brand’s official launch, Cincoro Tequilas have won 16 medals across the portfolio at prestigious spirits competitions including a “Double Gold” for Cincoro Reposado at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. 

The Cincoro portfolio offers four luxurious, award-winning tequila expressions with SRP per 750mL bottle starting at $70 for Blanco (unaged), $90 for Reposado (aged 8 to 10 months), $130 Añejo (aged 24 to 28 months) and $1,600 for Extra Añejo (aged 40 to 44 months).

Cincoro Tequila will be available in 12 select markets at launch. For additional information on where to purchase, please visit the “Where to Buy” section on

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