For Tequila Lovers

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Lobster11, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    Frankly, I don't usually pay much attention to the "off-topic" forum here at TB -- I'm usually pretty focused when I'm here on bass-related stuff -- but I happened to notice recently a long-running thread about Scotch whiskey. I wondered whether there might be a similar thread about tequila, but I couldn't find one. Now, I love me some good Scotch whiskey, to be sure, but to me there is no finer adult beverage than those distilled from the Mighty Agave.

    So, it seems to me that there ought to be a thread devoted to this. Are there any other tequila lovers out there?
  2. hypapanuse

    hypapanuse Inactive

    Apr 2, 2013
    Patron xo to be sure. Just finished a bottle last week. ( I don't drink much, it took a couple months and help from my son.)
  3. Im a beer guy w/the occasional foray into wine-land, but in my younger, wilder(read stupider ;))days I liked tequila. Not being discriminating at the time, it was invariably Cuervo... I'd love to hear some alternate suggestions though, as I've been suppressing an urge to grab a bottle for some time now... :ninja:
  4. Patron and Cabo are both fine when you are craving some cactus juice.
  5. arbitrary

    arbitrary Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    Boston, MA
    I have a nice anejo bottle of don julio in my liquor cabinet as we speak
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  6. Tequila Sauza silver and gold are tasty too.
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  7. Marcus Willett

    Marcus Willett

    Feb 8, 2005
    Palm Bay, FL
    Endorsing Artist: Bag End - Dean Markley - Thunderfunk
    That is one of my favorites. Never saw why tequila couldn't be sipped just like a whiskey.

    Girlfriend recently got me some Kah. Hand painted bottles, and quite nice.
  8. arbitrary

    arbitrary Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    Boston, MA
    I've also found luazul to be a decently priced tequilla for mixed drinks
  9. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    "El Tesoro Platinum" is the Patrón killer! it's a super fine tequila aged in oak barrels (previously used for brandy). talk about a smokey after-taste. :hyper:

    highly recommended,... hard to find!
  10. gustobassman

    gustobassman I'm only here for the after party.. Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Sandy Eggo
    Herradura Blanco. Just awesome!

    When i can afford it, however.
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  11. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    Don Julio anejo or Herradura anejo are my favorites, sipping never shots, straight or with a slice of lemon and salt if is blanco or reposado.
  12. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
  13. Epidrake


    May 24, 2011
    Haven't tried them yet but there are some new organic Tequilas that are supposed to taste like the old days. No chemicals or insecticides. Apparently the precious agave has been targeted by some nasty insects and diseases. Farmers have been overly zealous in treating the problem.
  14. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    There are a couple of things that are important to know about tequila, one of which is absolutely crucial: the difference between "puros" and "mixtos."

    What makes tequila different from, say, whiskey or vodka, is that it is made from the agave plant (actually, a particular species thereof). By Mexican law, to be labeled "tequila," at least 51% of the liquor must be distilled from agave; the other 49% can be distilled from corn, sugar cane, or whatever else is available. Agave is expensive, in comparison to corn or sugar cane, so such "mixtos" can be made on the cheap. Many of the most popular brands -- including the ubiquitous Jose Cuervo Gold that we've all gotten sick on at some time in our lives -- are mixtos. So, a bottle of this stuff contains about half real tequila, and half who-knows-what-else. If the what-else is distilled from sugar cane, for example, it is basically cheap rum; if it is distilled from corn, it is basically cheap corn whiskey. Do not drink this stuff under any circumstances. Would you order a drink at a bar made from half good tequila, and half the cheapest rum available? It's no wonder that people get sick and have terrible hangovers drinking mixtos.

    In contrast, a "puro" is distilled entirely from agave: It is "pure" tequila. Look carefully at any bottle and search for the phrase "100% de agave": If it says that somewhere, it is a puro and worth trying. If it doesn't say that anywhere, it is surely a mixto, and you should take a pass. Note that the "100%" part is crucial. If it just says something like "made from blue weber agave," it's a mixto (i.e., it's made only partly from agave).

    Of course, puros are generally more expensive than mixtos, but often not by as much as you'd think. The market is bulging these days with inexpensive puros, some of which (e.g., Lunazul, Agavales) are even less expensive than Cuervo Gold. Use one of these for your margaritas -- a mixto isn't even worthy of use in mixed drinks -- and experiment with the top-shelf brands for sipping neat or (as I prefer) over ice.
  15. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    All the Patron guys should should get them a bottle of this stuff. Its way smoother, has a better flavor and costs less. Patron isn't great tequila, and is over priced.


    I don't believe there is a better tasting spirit than Tequila or Mezcal.
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  16. hypapanuse

    hypapanuse Inactive

    Apr 2, 2013
    Good info, I never knew that. I'm going to research a few brands.
  17. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    As long as I'm at it, I might as well post about what I consider the other important thing to know about tequila -- though it's not as crucial as the puro/mixto distinction I wrote about above. This concerns the matter of aging.

    Unlike whiskey, tequila is good-to-go right out of the still; it doesn't require aging to fully develop its flavors. However, it takes on different characters via aging in wood casks for different (and relatively short, compared to whiskey) amounts of time. Blancos (a.k.a. "silver," "plata," "crystal," or "platinum") are fresh out of the still, or aged no more than two months. Reposados (= "rested") are aged up to a year, and anejos (= "aged") up to 3 years. In general, as you'd expect, more aging generally means more expensive (within a given product line); it also means predictable changes in flavor profiles. There's a good summary and more info about all this here:

    Now, you might think that more aging is always "better," as is often the case with whiskeys (up to a point), but with tequila that's not true: The differences are a matter of taste. Personally, I much prefer the snappy, fresh-agave flavor of a good blanco -- tequila in its purest, most glorious form. Aging tends to round off the sharp edges and add new flavors, both of which some people find desirable and others (like me) don't. Of course, more aging typically means more expensive -- anejos are pricier than reposados than blancos, all things equal -- making this probably the only domain in life in which I actually prefer the least expensive version among the available options!

    One more thing: These aging categories generally apply only to puros; mixtos are rarely aged. However, mixtos often come with a designation of "gold," like the popular-but-awful Jose Cuervo product. The color in these cases does not come naturally from barrel-aging, as in the case of reposado and anejo puros, but rather from artificial coloring -- often with caramel, which also imparts some added (artificial) sweetness.
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  18. This may be the most informative TB thread I've ever participated in. :)
    I will try a puro- that said, I got along very well w/Cuervo. Not defending the stuff, just saying my innards were OK w/the stuff, whatever THAT means...
    Now- what is the diff between tequila and mezcal?
  19. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    Different type of agaves: Mezcal (traditionally spelled mescal) is a Mexican distilled spirit that is made from the agave plant. Tequila is technically a mezcal, however, there are differences in production technique and in the types of agave used. Tequila is made from a single type of agave plant – the agave tequilana (blue agave) - and can only be produced in the state of Jalisco and in small parts of four other states.
    Mezcal can be produced from up to 28 varieties of agave (including blue agave) and is made around the city of Oaxaca and, according to official government regulations (NOM -070-SCFI-1994), can also officially be produced in some areas of the states of Guerrero, Durango, San Luis Potosi and Zacatecas. Most mezcals are made from the Espadin agave, although some mezcal producers blend agave varieties to create a distinct flavor.
    Mezcal traditionally has a very unique, smoky flavor that makes it fairly easy to distinguish from tequila. It also tends to taste sweeter, or richer, than tequila. Some mezcal producers have adopted production processes similar to tequila, and the resulting mezcal has flavor profile similar to tequila.
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  20. 2-Sticks


    Sep 8, 2008
    Vancouver B.C. Canada
    Endorsing Artist: S.I.T. Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, WB Gear,
    Some great info in this thread. Tequila is pretty much a food group in my house....I do love me a good reposado.
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