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Tequila - what do I want now?


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#1 ChrisTaylor

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 03:28 PM

I have access to a limited (but growing) range of tequila. A fair bit of it is priced beyond what I'd like to play. My experience with agave-based beverages is also limited: a couple mezcals (smoked rocket fuel and a beautiful Ilegal reposado) and Espolon (reposado), Herradurra (anejo) and Patron (all variants--not a fan of any of them, really, too boring). I mostly drink it in simple cocktails but I have been known to take it straight, too. 

 

I'm about finished my Herradurra and while I like it, I'm leaning towards getting something different for my replacement bottle. For reference, Herradura anejo and its younger siblings are all in the price range. So. Here's a list of things I can get at prices I am prepared to pay:

 

  • Tapatio blanco/reposado/anejo

  • Calle 23 blanco/reposado/anejo

  • Leyenda del Milgaro silver/reposado

  • Don Julio silver/reposado

  • Tequila Blu reposado

  • 1800 silver/anejo

  • Cabo Wabo silver/reposado

Of these, what's my best bet? Any stand outs?


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#2 Plantes Vertes

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 03:41 PM

I tried the Tapatio Reposado the other day. For me it was somewhat retiring; woody and mellow, but still with some blanco pepper.



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 04:28 PM

Don Julio is solid. I also like the Siete Leguas line very much, but it's not in your list.

 

There is a bunch of recommendations from bartenders on Serious Drinks, for sipping and mixing, high and low end.



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 05:06 PM

Another vote for Don Julio, particularly the reposado which is smoother than the silver and has more character.  However, my fave is also not on your list: El Jimador Añejo.  If you can find it, it's well worth the price-tag.


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 05:06 PM

Tapatio blanco and overproof are excellent. I'm a big fan of the Calle 23 blanco and repo too; the repo uses a different yeast strain, which gives it a floral aspect to round out the blanco's earthy pepper.

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 07:17 PM

I like my 1800 reposado.  I'd like to get some more of the Kirkland anejo but Costco hasn't had it in a long time.


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 11:53 PM

You say you can get 1800 silver. I think that's a pass in its usual incarnation -- it's ordinary. But if the 100-proof version is available, that's a different story. It's maybe US$4 more (per 750) here, but well worth it.


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#8 ChrisTaylor

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 02:18 AM

Ho. When it comes to normal pruchases, our exchange rate works something like this: one Australian dollar gets you eightysomething US cents. When it comes to booze, our exchange rate works something like this: $1USD = $100AUD. Enter the $90 bottle of Rittenhouse. $85 if you score big bargains. 

 

Anyway. I ended up going with the Julio reposado. It's warm and steamy outside and it seems like a good reason to knock together a Margarita. 


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Posted 23 January 2014 - 02:41 AM

I like my 1800 reposado.  I'd like to get some more of the Kirkland anejo but Costco hasn't had it in a long time.

 

I have a bottle of that at home - drinking some right now.

 

 

 

Chris: you can now get Clase Azul here. Casa de Vino in Port Melbourne has them. They are planning to ship some of the anejo here. But it will be $$$$....


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#10 ChrisTaylor

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 02:48 AM

Probably.

 

Anyway. The Julio makes a workable Marg. Reckon I might make the next one 3:1 with the 1 representing some Ilegal, tho'. 


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#11 Tri2Cook

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 04:28 AM

The only tequilas on your list, and the only 100% agave silver and reposado, available where I live are the Milagros. So I can't compare them to anything else you can get but, compared to anything else I can get, they're great. I'm happy enough with them that I won't drive the 5 hours to where I can get a wider selection. So basically, listen to the others who know more about it than I do. :raz:


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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:20 AM

Another vote for Don Julio, particularly the reposado which is smoother than the silver and has more character.  However, my fave is also not on your list: El Jimador Añejo.  If you can find it, it's well worth the price-tag.

 

I also enjoy El Jimador, but it is essentially Herradura's second label, so probably not the choice to replace a bottle of Herradurra (assuming the OP is looking for something a bit different).


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