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Sippin' Tequila Recs

#1 Post by Daniel Mattisson » July 5th, 2020, 9:50 am

Would love some recommendations on a few tequilas to try. I have virtually no experience so looking for some things to try across the spectrum. I do have a bottle of Clase Azul Reposado which I like quite a bit (if a little sweet). Would love some recommendations in the $50-100 range, ideally available @ www.finewineandgoodspirits.com.

Thanks in advance!

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#2 Post by T. Hall » July 5th, 2020, 12:48 pm

No expert here, however, years ago while traveling back from Mexico i purchaeed a bottle of Clase Azul. Still have a few sips left! I loved it. .... Oops, just caught your comment about having the reposado.
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#3 Post by Ryan A » July 5th, 2020, 1:51 pm

Here is a good list for you to identify your style and preference. Price ranges a bit lower and higher than you called out but it’s a great range of quality and palate preference.

Here are five in no order:
-Penta
-1942
-la riserva familia
-cava Del Oro
-Corzo
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#4 Post by rob klafter » July 5th, 2020, 2:13 pm

strong recommendation


Cincoro Anejo

Michael Jordan, fancy bottle...expected it not to be great. spectacular. super complex and ridiculously smooth

https://www.cincoro.com/
smidge above your range but really tasty
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#5 Post by Al Osterheld » July 5th, 2020, 2:32 pm

The two brands I buy more frequently are Fortaleza and Pasote, mostly the blanco and reposado.

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#6 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » July 5th, 2020, 2:41 pm

Fortaleza anejo

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#7 Post by Paul Miller » July 5th, 2020, 2:45 pm

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
July 5th, 2020, 2:41 pm
Fortaleza anejo
^^^ This...

.. and this >> viewtopic.php?f=18&t=58469&hilit=tequila

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#8 Post by Scott Jameson » July 6th, 2020, 3:09 pm

I found this blog post to be a good introduction to tequila:

https://tater-talk.com/2020/05/17/guide ... -drinkers/

Here's a list of recommended brands from the post:

ArteNom 1414
Cascahuín
El Tesoro
Fortaleza
G4
Siembra Azul
Siete Leguas
Tapatio
Tequila Ocho

I've tried - and enjoyed - various bottles from El Tesoro, Forteleza, Siete Leguas, and Tequila Ocho and they should all be within, or a little below, your price range.

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#9 Post by Todd F r e n c h » July 6th, 2020, 3:14 pm

Fortaleza Anejo
Tequila Ocho Anejo - really been liking this lately, very bright, floral, mineral
Siete Leguas Anejo/Reposado
Casa Dragones Blanco (though it's not for purists, and it's way over-pimped now)

Tapatio blanco to age myself - makes amazing barrel-aged tequila
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#10 Post by Daniel Mattisson » July 6th, 2020, 3:22 pm

Thanks all, appreciate all the feedback. Picking up a Fortaleza to start with, then will work through a few of the others.

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#11 Post by adam landa » July 6th, 2020, 3:43 pm

Really enjoying El Mayor Anejo for the price.

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#12 Post by JulianD » July 8th, 2020, 9:19 am

Fortaleza is the ‘traditional’ gold standard

Tapatio/Tesoro are solid values

G4/Pasote/Terralta/Ocho are all solid as well
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#13 Post by Al Osterheld » July 8th, 2020, 1:17 pm

Tequila is a bit like bourbon, roughly 10 times as many brands as producers although some of the better producers use different techniques for their various brands to produce signature differences.

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#14 Post by RyanC » July 8th, 2020, 1:24 pm

I know this is non-responsive but my answer is that you should drink Mezcal. For my money, good (even average) Mezcal blows virtually any tequila out of the water in terms of complexity and interest. Within the tequila category I enjoy Fortaleza and sometimes Casa Dragones Blanco.
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#15 Post by Steve L Gellman » July 8th, 2020, 1:33 pm

Casa Noble or Partida. As previously mentioned Casa Azul

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#16 Post by Troy Stark » July 9th, 2020, 8:46 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
July 6th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Siete Leguas Anejo/Reposado
Don't forget the blanco, which is a huge over-performer and is just as sippable as the others.

Definitely our favorite Tequila.
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#17 Post by Troy Stark » July 9th, 2020, 8:50 am

Also, check out the app tequila matchmaker. Amazing to see how many brands are created at the same distilleries. I think the only 2 tequila distilleries that are basically "Single Malt" (i.e. they only make one brand) are Siete Leguas and Patron. I think they both use a tahona, as well. Here's an article about brands that use a tahona to crush their agave;

https://www.liquor.com/articles/tahona/
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#18 Post by Al Ehrhardt » July 9th, 2020, 10:33 am

Full disclaimer, I am not a tequila expert, but was underwhelmed with a bottle of Qui Rare Extra Anejo 12 year old tequila a few weeks ago. Told my friend to save the rest of the bottle for others who would appreciate it more than me.

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#19 Post by Justin Bonner » July 20th, 2020, 5:03 pm

123 Diablito, Casa Dragones Joven, Cuervo's Family Reserve Extra Anejo and for a bit less....Patron Estate release.

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#20 Post by Bob C » July 21st, 2020, 10:23 pm

Herradura Ultra Añejo.

Smooth, and complex.

Have a friend who hates tequila, but likes this one.
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#21 Post by Daniel Mattisson » July 25th, 2020, 11:22 am

Great recs. Tried the El Tesoro Extra Anejo yesterday and thought it was terrific. Much less sweet than the Case Azul reposado, but really complex and rich.
Fortaleza is next on deck.

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#22 Post by Al Osterheld » July 25th, 2020, 12:41 pm

I haven't tried any of the Extra Anejo tequilas, yet, because I like the flavors and aromas of agave and worry that the EAs may be dominated by the barrel.

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#23 Post by Peter Petersen » July 26th, 2020, 8:33 am

I'd like to see some recs for Blancos. Had a glass of Don Julio Blanco that was pretty decent as it tasted and smelled like agave and had a light smokiness. I've mostly been drinking Mezcal and all of that came directly from Mexico.

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#24 Post by Troy Stark » July 26th, 2020, 9:39 am

We drink a lot of tequila and, as mentioned up thread, Seite Leguas is amazing. Head and shoulders above any other blanco we've had.
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#25 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » August 3rd, 2020, 1:55 pm

What do you think about shipping tequila in hot weather?

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