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Tequila

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Piobaire, Aug 22, 2009.

  1. mylesmyles

    mylesmyles Senior member

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    If you want to spend some serious coin, try Casa Dragones - it's everything good about Tequila with none of the bad.

    If you are looking for something a little more affordable, I had Corzo (Blanco, RTeposado and Anejo) and Gran Centernario (Rose angel) recently and enjoyed both.
     
  2. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Having some El Tesoro blanca right now. it is very good but i'm thinking that I want something with a more delicate aftertaste. Maybe Patron isn't so bad after all.
     
  3. TEPLimey

    TEPLimey Well-Known Member

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    Of the tequilas mentioned on this thread, Casa Noble and El Tesoro are probably the two most consistently good tequilas at their price point. Partida/Milagro are both decent but are overpriced for what they are - and Patron even moreso. Truth be told Patron makes a decent blanco, but at $60 its vastly overpriced.

    For $60 you could get multiple bottles of El Tesoro, Fina Estampa, or a number of other tequilas. If you keep your eyes open you could even score a bottle of Penca Azul anejo which is 50x the drink Patron claims to be.

    For the most part, Don Julio falls in the same category of Patron, except the 1942 is outstanding, even at the $90+ price point. I have a bottle of the El Tesoro 70th Anniversario coming to me, which I hear surpasses the 1942.

    I had a collection of well over 60 different tequilas at one point and still maintain 20-30 different bottles open at any given time.
     
  4. Chaos P. Bennu

    Chaos P. Bennu Senior member

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    I hate tequila.
    +1234
     
  5. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I get Patron Blanca on sale for $34. Partiga blanca is excellent but expensive usually around $55 in California.
     
  6. TEPLimey

    TEPLimey Well-Known Member

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    I get Patron Blanca on sale for $34. Partiga blanca is excellent but expensive usually around $55 in California.
    Best selection in Cali is Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa. You can get some great tequilas there for ~$30. San Matias Orgullo for under $40 is arguably the most absurdly good thing I've ever seen in the tequila world with only getting Penca Azul Anejo at $35 as a better deal IMO.
     
  7. Baron

    Baron Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I bought a bottle of this Grand Mayan Extra Aged around Christmas to give to a friend. We ended up drinking most of it one night with a group. Wow - it was really unusual. Dark in color and very distinctively flavored. Almost like a rum or a brandy. Not something I'd want to drink all the time but it was great. [​IMG]
     
  8. TEPLimey

    TEPLimey Well-Known Member

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    That Grandioso Mayan is a 5-year from La Cofradia. I've heard good things...
     
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  10. Korben

    Korben Senior member

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    I hate tequila.

    +1235
     
  11. scarphe

    scarphe Senior member

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    Has anyone ever tried Gran Patron Bordeos? Overpriced maybe?

    http://www.tequila.net/tequila-revie...ila-anejo.html


    patron as label is normally overpriced hwen w tequla has the saem quality of 100 años the prices for patron are absurd.
     
  12. TEPLimey

    TEPLimey Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone ever tried Gran Patron Bordeos? Overpriced maybe?

    http://www.tequila.net/tequila-revie...ila-anejo.html


    Never tried it but I can pretty much promise you that if it says "Patron" it is overpriced. For $500 you could get a bottle of Casa Noble 5-year, El Tesoro 70the Anniversario, DJ 1942, Jose Cuervo Reserva de La Familia, Chinaco Anejo (black) and a Siete Leguas Anejo and still probably have some cash left over.

    In other words, don't waste your money.
     
  13. mystillwater

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    my only Tequila experince has been with Patron Silver. a friend from work always raved about it and one night on a business trip i bought a round of them and really liked it.

    i'm very interested in trying some other brands. what's the next one i should try?
     
  14. TEPLimey

    TEPLimey Well-Known Member

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    my only Tequila experince has been with Patron Silver. a friend from work always raved about it and one night on a business trip i bought a round of them and really liked it.

    i'm very interested in trying some other brands. what's the next one i should try?


    As I've said, El Tesoro and Casa Noble make consistently excellent tequilas. Also look into 1921, although admittedly I'm not crazy about their blanco.

    If you want something a little more sweet than silver, look into El Tesoro Anniversario, Don Julio 1942, or perhaps Clase Azul (Repo) if you can get your hands on it. There are tons of other good brands out there - Chinaco makes a good tequila (although it has declined slightly of late) as does Siete Leguas, which consistently ranks among the best anejos (not extra-anejo) out there. You may also want to consider Fina Estampa if you can find it, as those range in the $20-30 range per bottle. Also, San Matias Orgullo is a terrific anejo.

    You should check out online sources (Shoppers Vineyard in NJ and Hi Time Wine in CA, for example) to see what's on sale as often you can get a great deal on some bottles, even if you have to pay for shipping. I ended up with 6 bottles of Fina Estampa (2 of each blanco, repo, and anejo) for about $100 at one point from one source and a case of XQ Anejo for about $120 from a place in DC.
     
  15. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I just had some Avion Blanca tonight. Very good aftertaste that would be ideal in a simple margarita. But there are better ones to drink neat. Corzo and 7Leguas blancos are favorites recently.

    BTW, 7 Leguas was the original supplier of tequila to Patron when they started out. Patron got so big they began getting tequila from a variety of sources.
     
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  16. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Don Julio blanco is everywhere and often on sale at $30-$34. I think it may be the best quality blanco tequila value. It has a clean, agave flavor. Smooth after taste. Perfect for sipping neat. I will take it over Patron.

    [​IMG]
     
  17. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    I'll be in Mexico in a few weeks and would like to get on a Tequila tour and see a farm/factory/whatnot. Anyone have a recommendation or advice?

    Also, since I'll be in the motherland, any tequilas or mezcal's that I should specifically seek out?
     
  18. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    A lot of the hotels in the state of Jalisco can arrange a tour for you. Just email them. Generally these are pretty good but 1) they aren't cheap 2) it can mean many hours on a bus with a bunch of drunk Canadians just getting to some of the estates.

    If you are in Puerto Vallarta there are (or used to be, it has been 2 years) some quality tasting rooms where you can enjoy a particular brand. I discovered a few brands there prior to their introduction into the US market.

    Many of the hotels will have tequila tastings. I think it is one of the best ways to try a range of brands at the same time, side-by-side, to really find what qualities you prefer in your tequila. The problem with tasting rooms is that you are limited to their brand(s).

    There are government certified tequila specialists in Mexico similar to a sommelier called a Mexcalier. Some of hotels employ them to run their tasting courses. They not only tell you about the brands, but the region, soil, culture, trends, politics, back room power plays to control brands....lots of interesting stuff that you will never hear at a brand specific estate or tasting room. .

    I would seek out tequila that is estate grown and processed. I would also seek out certified organic. There are a few of each. Otherwise, you are buying a brand name that is grow in multiple areas and then blended for taste in another. If you are going to the region, then the estate route gives you a special reason for an on- site visit. You get to see the soil, the area and watch it being processed.

    I used to drink reposado most of the time. But, after hanging out in Jalisco I noticed that the majority of tequila growers drink blanco neat. Why? Because that way they taste the pure tequila/agave flavor. I now prefer it to Anejo or Reposado unless I am smoking a cigar. However, I do use Anejo and Reposado in cooking for extra flavor.
     
  19. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Time to update this....

    My current favorite blancas for drinking neat or in a simple cocktail:

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    Single estate grown.

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    Organic

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    The orginal maker of Patron

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    Great flavor excellent value

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    estate grown
     
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  20. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    i've been making margaritas recently with 1.5 oz blanca, 1.5 oz fresh lime juice and .5 oz agave nectar and then shake and serve over ice. My alternate and standby is 1 shot blanca, i shot fresh lime and almost a shot of Cointreau, shake and serve over ice.

    Anyone else have a favorite?
     

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