In terms of anejo tequilas, what's the best out of what I can get? I have access to Patron, Herradura, Calle 23, El Capricho, Don Julio (in its standard and 1942 variants) and 1800.
It is always a bit subjective of course. I have had Patron, Herradura and both versions of the DJ anejo. The Don Julio 1942 to me is by far the best and is the only one of these I keep in my liquor cabinet. It is also probably the most expensive and so perhaps it is not the best value if price is a consideration.
Cuervo 1800 seems over priced and over hyped to me but perhaps I have a little bias against the big manufacturers. Herradura is also a major distiller but seems ok as a mixing tequila. Not my first choice as a sipper. Patron also seems to be overpriced based on the name to me so I tend not to buy it either.
I like Casa Noble and Milagro Single Barrel Reserve (not the regular Milagro line) but as you note they may not be available in your area. Don Diego Santa is a newer tequila here in the US that I rather like and is still fairly reasonably priced. No clue about its availability in Australia but probably not likely.
Edited by tanstaafl2, 03 June 2012 - 07:15 AM.