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seemunkee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 03:50 PM
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Tequila question
I need to buy some as a gift for a friend but don't know anything about what is good. This would be for drinking straight not mixing. What do you recommend under $50
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Blue-Jay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 03:54 PM
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1. Sauza - Tres Generaciones
Good stuff, and usually within your price range.
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:10 PM
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2. Any that say "Almendrado," "Almandrado" or "Almondrado" on them have an
almond flavoring added - they are really good, like a mixture of tequila and amaretto.
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jonesn681 Donating Member (3 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:14 PM
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3. Cabo Wabo
From Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Sammy Hagar (Van Halen singer) started the brand.
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:09 AM
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14. in our blind taste tests, Cabo Wabo consistently scored at the bottom...
...of the field. Seriously. It has a funky taste, IMO.
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ElboRuum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:23 AM
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19. It's under $50 where you are? n/t
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m_welby Donating Member (508 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:20 PM
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4. Just make sure t's the real thing.

It should have '100% blue agave'(or similar) somewhere on the label. That means it's not cut with other types of cactus or flavoring.

Also look for 'anejo' - loosely translated as aged for a year. This would probably in your price range.


A couple of good anejo examples are the sauza 'hornitos', and 'patron'. Both are exceptional.

...or if you can find it in your price range 'reposado' which means 'rested' (I think) for longer than a year (5 or more if I remember).





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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 05:11 PM
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5. Anejo for Shots, Agave for Mixing
Is what I was taught.

I agree, if only because anejo seems more difficult to make a margarita that goes down easy.
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Shakespeare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 05:26 PM
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7. All tequila is agave.
Maybe you mean mixto for mixing? Mixto is the budget stuff (Jose Cuervo, etc.) that's blue agave mixed with cheaper alcohol (like grain alcohol). The premium stuff is 100% blue agave, and is generally found in three categories: anejo, reposado, and "silver." The categories reflect how long they were aged in oak (again, generally speaking).

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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:24 AM
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21. That Or Blanco
..
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Ptah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 05:30 PM
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8. I agree with your recommendations


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seemunkee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 06:20 PM
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9. What brand is in that cool bottle?
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:32 AM
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24. that cool bottle is "Tenoch" tequila....
It is quite good.
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Shakespeare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:30 AM
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23. Huh?
What do you mean "or blanco?" :shrug:
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thefool_wa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 05:14 PM
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6. Patron!
Black label may push your $50 limit, but the lower end is still top shelf among Tequillas.
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Lady Freedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:12 PM
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11. I 2nd. That!!!!
You can ask me family and friends about my Tequila snobbery!!! That's the good stuff my friend!!
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lildreamer316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 05:45 PM
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42. THIRDED!!
It's the ONLY tequila I can drink now. My body punishes me unmercifully if I drink anything else.
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 08:54 PM
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44. That is it!
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 06:34 PM
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10. Heradura Repasado
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:17 PM
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12. Cuervo 1800 Aejo
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ElboRuum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:24 AM
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20. The 1800 Reposado, believe it or not...
is even better.
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:07 PM
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13. if you can find it, my favorite is Orendien Reposado....
Edited on Sat Oct-28-06 10:09 PM by mike_c
Very good. We had a blind tequila tasting a few years ago and Patron Reposado came in first place, the surprising second place was Jose Cuervo Tradicionale Reposado, and third place was, appropriately enough, Sauza Tres Generaciones Reposado-- the tasting was all reposados and we didn't have any Orendien to compare. At the time we excluded a number of premium tequilas that were greater than $50 a bottle or so, but frankly, those three tequilas will hold their own in any group, IMO. The Cuervo Tradicionale is about half the price of the Patron, usually in the $24 range at my local grocery store. Orendien reposado is in the same price range.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:13 AM
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15. I have found the Cuervo Tradicional to be surprisingly good
myself. However it is one that oxidizes fast so drink up or use the opened bottle for premium margaritas. With Cointreau (sp?), people, and real lemon/lime juice. None of that premixed crud or cheap triple sec.
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:57 AM
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26. sigh-- I wish I could find real mexican Conroy liqueur here....
Best. Margaritas. Ever. Tequila, Conroy, and lime juice, shaken with ice. I used to make these on the beach in Mexico. Damn, now I've got a taste for them. Cointreau comes close, but it's not the same.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:17 AM
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17. Never heard of it, tell me more.
Thought I knew my Mexican booze.
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:26 AM
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22. it's an orange flavored liqueur similar to Cointreau....
It's a pretty obvious knock-off, but in Mexico it's a LOT less expensive than Cointreau. It's a little sweeter than Cointreau so it works better with the small, sour Mexican limes. It is NOT triple sec-- it's much better. The perfect Mexican beach margarita is made with one part good reposado tequila, one part Conroy, and two parts fresh lime juice, served over ice in a glass with a salted rim. Pelicans and dolphins optional.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 10:17 AM
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29. hmmm wonder how I missed it. Will have to get some soon
in the interest of science of course :toast:
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photogirl12 Donating Member (887 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:13 AM
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16. *sigh*
I am still a Jose Cuervo Gold girl.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:19 AM
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18. Its ok for big batch party margaritas, but do your self a favor and try
a bottle of something better. For another 8 or 10 bucks you can get a bottle of something worth drinking straight. Trust me. You don't have to get extreme, just a step up the real stuff.
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blitzen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:44 AM
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25. great tequila website here...reviews of 100 or so brands
http://www.pocotequila.com/reposado.html

I'm not a tequila drinker but am planning to get a fine bottle for Nov. 7
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:35 AM
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27. Just look for 100% Blue Agave
and you won't go wrong

White or silver if you like the taste of unaged tequila.

Reposado is aged a little and is a little smoother.

Agave is aged three years and can be as smooth as brandy.

Brands: I like Don Julio and Patron.

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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 10:12 AM
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28. Agave: I think you mean Anejo (n has squiggle - enyay)
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:30 PM
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33. No, I meant Agave, specifically Blue Agave
Tequila is made from fermented and distilled sap of the agave plant. There are over 100 species of agave of which the blue agave is the only one allowed for use in tequila production.

So look for 100% Blue Agave. It steers you clear of the mezcals and blended tequilas. It will be printed on the label.


Copied from a tequila website:

The most important identifier on the label is "100% agave" or "100% agave azul" - cien por ciento de agave azul. This means it is made only from the blue agave plant, and was approved by a government inspector to ensure purity. If it doesn't say this, it legally can be mixed up to 49 per cent with other ingredients (allegedly the amount of agave required was increased in 1995 from 51% to 60%, but this has not been confirmed). Sometimes this means added spirits, but usually it's sugar, caramel and almond essence - and it can still be called 'tequila.' Mixto tequilas bottled outside Mexico do not have to live up to the 1995 standard and may be diluted to 51% agave.
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Shakespeare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:34 PM
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34. No, I think this is what kali was referring to:
White or silver if you like the taste of unaged tequila.

Reposado is aged a little and is a little smoother.

Agave is aged three years and can be as smooth as brandy.


And I'm pretty sure you meant Anejo there, too.


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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 02:30 PM
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38. Yep. Reposado y Anejo es 100% agave azul siempre!
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 04:06 PM
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41. ooops, never mind!
didn't proofread and too late to edit.

Anyway, I'm not a big fan personally of the super aged tequilas. I prefer tequila to taste, well, like tequila. Maybe moderately aged as in a reposado.

Anyhow, always look for the 100% Blue Agave on the label.

Then pick whatever style (blanco, reposado, aejo) you prefer.

Everything you need to know about tequila:
http://www.ianchadwick.com/tequila /

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Bassic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 10:19 AM
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30. If you want to drink it straight, tequila is not the way to go.
Ugh. :puke:

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Shakespeare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:03 PM
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31. Have you ever HAD a high-end tequila?
They're not unlike a fine cognac (and should be drunk/savored similarly); totally different from the mixto swill like Jose Cuervo.
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Bassic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 02:31 PM
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39. Yes I've had,
don'r worry I' quite aware of the difference between cheap and high-end alcohol. But tequila just isn't my thing.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:06 PM
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32. Why do you say that? Chug a bunch of shots of Cuervo gold
one time? Yeah that'll make ya :puke: alright.

Real tequila is sublime.
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Bassic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 02:32 PM
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40. I disagree.
Although it's a lot better than the cheap stuff. I still think it tastes like crap. I guess it's just not in my tastes.

I like a lot of things, but my favorite is fine scotch.
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Throd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:49 PM
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35. Chamucos, very excellent stuff with
THE BEST LABEL EVER!!!
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Ptah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:56 PM
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36. That is a cool label!
Edited on Sun Oct-29-06 01:58 PM by Ptah

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av8rdave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 02:16 PM
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37. I've had Don Julio straight...also pretty good
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blockhead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 08:23 PM
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43. for drinking straight, I prefer..
Edited on Sun Oct-29-06 08:24 PM by blockhead
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 09:46 PM
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45. con gusano!
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