First Black Woman to Own a Tequila Brand Wins Multiple Spirit Tasting Awards

Anteel Tequila is a premium tequila brand created by husband and wife duo Don and Nayana Ferguson and their business partner Michael Rowoldt.

Nayana, co-founder and COO, is the very first black woman in the world to own a tequila brand, which has been receiving a significant amount of national coverage over the last few months.

Not the least of which because in March, Anteel Tequila won 3 medals at the 2020 San Francisco World’s Spirits Competition with both its Coconut Lime Blanco and Reposado receiving Silver medals and the Blanco awarded a Bronze. In August, the tequila brought Double Gold Medals home from the 2020 International SIP Awards—a blind competition judged by consumers.

Initially launched in the founder’s home state of Michigan, Anteel Tequila has been ordered by over 400 locations in under 2 years. With its success in Michigan, the team had decided to expand the brand to California and Florida in February 2020, however, Covid-19 changed those plans. The owners then shifted to an online retailer to meet the demand, and Anteel Tequila has since been purchased and shipped to 30 states across the nation.

The brand released two expressions in August 2018 in the Michigan market under the name of Teeq Tequila (Tequila of Extraordinary and Exquisite Quality), but the name changed in June to establish a deeper connection with the ideology behind the brand and the logo of the hummingbird.

The current Anteel Tequila portfolio includes Anteel Coconut Lime Blanco Tequila, which is the world’s only Coconut Lime Blanco Tequila infused with the all-natural flavorings from the coconut and lime. Released at the same time was Anteel Reposado Tequila, rested 8 months in Tennessee whiskey barrels for a premium classic Reposado with a very subtle whiskey finish. In October 2019, Anteel Tequila released the third expression in their portfolio, Anteel Blanco Tequila, being heralded by consumers as the “smoothest tequila on the planet.”

The tequila brand has been featured in many news publications including Forbes Magazine, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, AskMen, Bar Business Magazine, Maxim, Tequila & Spirits Magazine, Yahoo News, Beverage Industry Magazine, Spirited Magazine, Crain’s Business Detroit, The Detroit News, Tasting Panel Magazine, and more.

Anteel Tequila is made from the finest Blue Weber Agave plant, using both the Highland and Lowland Agaves, which is unique to the industry. While Anteel Tequila is a proud Michigan brand, to be considered 100 percent Blue Weber Agave Tequila, everything must be produced and bottled in Mexico, and Anteel Tequila has partnered with one of the most awarded distilleries there, Destiladora del Valle de Tequila, NOM 1438.

To learn more about Anteel Tequila, visit

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