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#51 Post by Todd F r e n c h » April 4th, 2014, 9:53 am

M.Kaplan wrote:If you like to sip silver tequila, try a quality mezcal. You will never go back.
Not a fan of mezcal - just like I'm not a fan of Scotch
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#52 Post by Marshall Gelb » April 4th, 2014, 5:45 pm

Really enjoyed Don Weber. Had never had it before. .....received it as a birthday present and it was purchased from Roberto. I need to buy some more.


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#53 Post by Humberto Dorta » April 5th, 2014, 8:00 pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
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Todd F r e n c h wrote:Casa Dragones.

All others mentioned are JV in comparison.
Yeah...not so much...
Dragones is a joven meaning most of it is unaged. They do add some anejo (not a hell of a lot since its pretty clear in the glass and fairly neutral tasting) So if you're looking for a cleaner patron silver this might be for you (and its damned smooth if you just want to swallow some clear spirit) but for complexity with smoke, caramel, cigar box and all the notes one typically gets in brown sipping spirits, even a $50 cabo anejo is better than this imho. Unless you know of some anejo version i've never heard about...
Humberto - personally, I'm not a huge fan of anejo sipping tequilas, I prefer silver. What silvers do you feel are better than Casa Dragones? The comparison to Patron Silver is, imho, not at ALL accurate, in my experience.
That was my point. To say everything else in the thread is JV is comparing apples to oranges. It's more appropriate to compare Patron silver to Dragones than to compare Dragones to any anejo. Yes Dragones is better but it is in a similar style to Patron silver or that ultra premium silver Patron can't recall what it's called, or ocho silver which btw might be as good as Dragones if the reposado is any indication... I'm not a fan of silver tequila at all. Just got Burdeos in...can't wait to try it.
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#54 Post by p. raghib » April 6th, 2014, 12:50 pm

I've never understood the appeal of silver tequila, if I am going to make a margarita or other tequila based cocktail I still want to taste the tequila so I go with reposado. If I want to drink it neat I go with anejo.

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#55 Post by John Liotta » April 6th, 2014, 1:16 pm

Most tequila aficionados prefer silver tequila because it is pure and unadulterated. Anejo and reposado mostly show wood characteristics. Like wine, there is no right or wrong answer however.
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#56 Post by Humberto Dorta » April 6th, 2014, 2:18 pm

Funny that you say that John. In my very subjective experience other than the people on this thread who have said they like to sip on silver Ive never seen or even heard of anyone order a tequila silver neat and sip on it. Its always anejo or reposado. My few friends who collect also only care for anejo. Different areas...
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#57 Post by Nolan E » April 6th, 2014, 2:39 pm

I think the tequila marketing machine may have something to do with it, people think they "should" like anejo, so they do.

I also prefer sipping blancos to reposado or anejo. I've never had a reposado that I would sip. I have had anejos I could and would but find more pleasure in blancos.
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#58 Post by Humberto Dorta » April 10th, 2014, 4:03 am

Never ran into the marketing machine. I cant really think of an anejo ad even. But for me tequila is third or fourth in line after wine, scotch, and bourbon. It is in a tight race with rum. All barrel aged and sharing some barrel qualities (some wines excepted of course)
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#59 Post by Nolan E » April 10th, 2014, 10:19 am

The marketing is that good... [foilhat.gif]
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#60 Post by Humberto Dorta » April 10th, 2014, 10:44 am

Hahahaha
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#61 Post by John Liotta » May 7th, 2014, 5:20 pm

This is really interesting:

http://www.details.com/blogs/daily-deta ... stuff.html

Especially for new brands and small startups.
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#62 Post by SteveBrown » May 12th, 2014, 12:33 pm

Was in SF picking up wine on Sat, and one of the shops I stopped at had the three Partida tequilas on sale. Didn't get any then and spent the drive home thinking I should have - stopped at my local market on Sun and it was on sale there also (so maybe a wider promotion?). Grabbed a bottle of the Blanco, which is quite good, distinct citrus with a clean agave flavor. Used to take multiple bottles to Burning Man several years ago but haven't bought any in a while, so it was a nice (re)find.
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#63 Post by G. Greenbaum » May 12th, 2014, 5:20 pm

I get Corzo Blanco for $25 and enjoy it neat. It's a good deal. Anyone that has tried it, likes it a lot. We also like their Reposado which we bought a few bottles after stumbling on a great sale ($35).
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#64 Post by Ryan Kilkenney » May 21st, 2014, 8:59 pm

A generous friend brought over this bottle of Herradura Tequila Seleccion Suprema for my birthday a couple weeks ago. Sipping the leftovers. It's a good example of a drink I can admire without actually loving. It's very complex and smooth, but it has an almond flavor that I'm not a big fan of. I rarely drink tequila, so maybe that's a typical flavor.
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#65 Post by John Liotta » May 22nd, 2014, 10:47 am

Ryan, you're drinking wood at this point. The extra Anejo category was established in 2006 and has a minimum requirement of three years in oak barrels. Its not my favorite. All you taste is oak and not Tequila.
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#66 Post by Scott G r u n e r » May 22nd, 2014, 2:04 pm

Saw this in my local Costco. In this packaging, MUST be a good sipping tequila.. http://www.napacabs.com/Old-Carbine-Teq ... P6960.aspx

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#67 Post by Nolan E » January 21st, 2015, 6:57 pm

Sort of related...

Anyone have a go-to sipping Mezcal? I was on a kick for a while but haven't really done much liquor sipping lately, getting a hankering for some nice, smoky Mezcal.
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#68 Post by John Liotta » January 21st, 2015, 7:18 pm

Sombra is probably my pick. Thought I also like Illegal. The Vida from Del Maguey is very good too.
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#69 Post by Steve L Gellman » January 21st, 2015, 7:36 pm

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#70 Post by John Liotta » January 24th, 2015, 2:55 pm

Tasted the Herradura Ultra last night. Not yet released in the US (I'm in Mexico FWIW). Think it should be released in March. It was amazing. Also tried the new Casa Dragones Blanco. This is great stuff as well, and at a fraction of the price of the flagship.
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#71 Post by Todd F r e n c h » January 24th, 2015, 4:44 pm

John Liotta wrote:Also tried the new Casa Dragones Blanco. This is great stuff as well, and at a fraction of the price of the flagship.
I'm getting some of this immediamente
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#72 Post by John Liotta » January 24th, 2015, 5:00 pm

Todd, I know its in NYC, Miami and Vegas. I would assume LA too, though I can't confirm. Should be @$75 . . .
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#73 Post by Todd F r e n c h » January 24th, 2015, 5:13 pm

John Liotta wrote:Todd, I know its in NYC, Miami and Vegas. I would assume LA too, though I can't confirm. Should be @$75 . . .
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#74 Post by SteveBrown » February 1st, 2015, 4:22 pm

John Liotta wrote:Also tried the new Casa Dragones Blanco. This is great stuff as well, and at a fraction of the price of the flagship.
Having my first shot of this, and I agree. Spice, citrus, earthy cactus, and nice intensity. Maybe just a tiny bit sweeter than I like but overall one of the best tequilas I've tasted.
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#75 Post by Eric B. DBA » February 2nd, 2015, 4:43 pm

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#76 Post by Nolan E » February 7th, 2015, 5:21 pm

Last weekend we spent several hours at the empty bar at La Condesa in St Helena. Check out their tequila/mezcal list

http://www.lcnapa.com/images/Beverage1.4.15.pdf

Chatted up the bartender (also a manager and/or the spirits buyer) and he gave us tastes of some pretty high end stuff.
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#77 Post by Todd F r e n c h » February 16th, 2015, 6:07 pm

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John Liotta wrote:Also tried the new Casa Dragones Blanco. This is great stuff as well, and at a fraction of the price of the flagship.
Having my first shot of this, and I agree. Spice, citrus, earthy cactus, and nice intensity. Maybe just a tiny bit sweeter than I like but overall one of the best tequilas I've tasted.
Absolutely agree. Easily 80-90%% of the flagship blanco - absolutely fantastic
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#78 Post by John Liotta » February 16th, 2015, 7:06 pm

I might have to get you to grab a couple for me and bring them with you here! None in my market yet. :(
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#79 Post by Todd F r e n c h » February 16th, 2015, 7:40 pm

John Liotta wrote:I might have to get you to grab a couple for me and bring them with you here! None in my market yet. :(
Serious? Yeah, let me know...it's frighteningly close to the stuff I had at your house, and it even has a heavy metal cap
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#80 Post by John Liotta » February 17th, 2015, 2:30 pm

If you can that would be great. I can PayPal you now if you like?
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#81 Post by John Liotta » February 17th, 2015, 2:31 pm

Plus, then we can do a taste off!
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#82 Post by Todd F r e n c h » February 17th, 2015, 2:34 pm

John Liotta wrote:If you can that would be great. I can PayPal you now if you like?
You will be taking up valuable space in my Wine Check Elite (shameless shilling, of course), which I planned to fill for the NYC events, but I'm sure Bradley, Suzanne, and the gangs there will understand...as it's for YOU, after all.

I'll order them now, pick up sometime when I'm in Costa Mesa next. 2 bottles is about all I could handle, as I have to bring at least 4 bottles of wine to NYC!
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#83 Post by John Liotta » February 17th, 2015, 3:53 pm

Then ship them!
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#84 Post by Todd F r e n c h » February 17th, 2015, 4:02 pm

John Liotta wrote:Then ship them!
2 is not enough for you??
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#85 Post by John Liotta » February 17th, 2015, 5:38 pm

I don't want to mess with your ability to carry wine for your trip!
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#86 Post by SteveBrown » February 17th, 2015, 6:02 pm

Sheesh you two, get a room!
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#87 Post by Todd F r e n c h » February 17th, 2015, 6:33 pm

SteveBrown wrote:Sheesh you two, get a room!
Should I get 2?
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#88 Post by Todd Hamina » February 17th, 2015, 9:41 pm

Thanks for this thread, bought my bride the Casa Dragones Blanco and a Tequila Ocho Fresnos. She likes them both, but loves the big boy CD.
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#89 Post by WilliamW » February 25th, 2015, 10:31 am

I am not a Tequila drinker, but a friend from the whisky world runs one of the established review blogs - there are plenty of tasting notes.

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#90 Post by Otto Dobre » March 14th, 2015, 10:03 pm

A favorite of mine is serrano pepper infused tequila. I usually use Milagro Reposado and two cut up Serrano peppers and 3-4 hours later I have a great spicy tequila good for sipping or cocktails.

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#91 Post by Moy Emrick » March 24th, 2015, 9:11 pm

Don Julio reposado is always a great one. If your palate is up to par, use the silver.
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#92 Post by Todd F r e n c h » March 30th, 2016, 5:22 pm

Steve L Gellman wrote:Casa Noble
Just tried this - really nice stuff (Anejo)
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#93 Post by Scott Butler » March 30th, 2016, 6:55 pm

These are my currents...the Hornitas Black Barrel is aged in whiskey barrels, super interesting.

Patron I prefer the Resposado.

The Cazadores Extra Anejo is quite smooth - all 3 of these are very different from the other, which I like.
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#94 Post by Scott Sutherland » March 31st, 2016, 6:58 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
Steve L Gellman wrote:Casa Noble
Just tried this - really nice stuff (Anejo)
Hey Todd was this the regular anejo (purple or blue bottle) or the single barrel anejo (black and opaque)?

I've had the single barrel and it's one of my favorite tequilas -- and definitely my favorite non-blanco.

I also like blancos better for the most part so it was great to find an aged tequila I liked.

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#95 Post by Bill Buitenhuys » March 31st, 2016, 12:02 pm

My latest fave for sipping is Fortaleza blanco. Love this stuff.
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#96 Post by Nolan E » March 31st, 2016, 12:45 pm

Fortaleza is decent but I like how prevalent it is. There are things I like more than it but often it is the one good choice versus Patron, Cuervo, Don Julio, etc...
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#97 Post by Bill Buitenhuys » April 8th, 2016, 7:46 am

Nolan E wrote:Fortaleza is decent but I like how prevalent it is. There are things I like more than it but often it is the one good choice versus Patron, Cuervo, Don Julio, etc...
It's fairly rare out here in AZ. You see it at some of the better cocktail bars and one or two local spirits shops and that is about it.
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#98 Post by patrick c albright » April 12th, 2016, 9:52 pm

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#99 Post by Kevin Stine » April 19th, 2016, 6:25 pm

Don't forget the Sangrita. Makes the whole sipping experience that much better.
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#100 Post by Collin Dahl » April 19th, 2016, 7:34 pm

These aren't particularly creative thoughts, but I've been coming back to Avion Silver and Maestro Dobel Silver lately.
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