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Premium Tequila

CostcoWater May 3, 2007 01:05 PM

I just recently got in to the world of premium tequila, and WOW!!
Bad memories of Jose during the college days are of the past, some good tequila please!!
Any good recs on tequila bars and or tasting events in the LA area?

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  1. Hypnotic23 RE: CostcoWater May 3, 2007 01:27 PM

    I'm a big Tequilla drinker, yes once you've learned the good stuff you realize crap like Cuervo, Salza to Hornitos are only meant for Margaritas. Vendome Liquor in Studio City has the best selection may I suggest these, ANEJO is my favorite grade:

    Don Julio, Patron, Corzo, El Camilio, and I can list more when I get home.

    To bad there aren't any valley tequilla bars.

    Good stuff,


    1. DanaB RE: CostcoWater May 3, 2007 01:29 PM

      El Carmen, on Third near the Beverly Center, has a good selection of tequilas.

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        LisaStitch RE: DanaB May 3, 2007 01:48 PM

        El Carmen has a very extensive selection of tequilas. Great place. Not trendy, it moreso gets lots of hipsters and a generally good crowd. They also have good tacos and other little bites to eat.

        The Spanish Kitchen on La Cienega has a very good selection as well and they also have a "tequila school" every Wednesday at 7pm - you have to make a reservation. Tequila tasting prices ranges from $17 to $45 total for 4 tastes.

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          EKIMS RE: DanaB May 3, 2007 01:50 PM

          I second El Carmen, l scorpion has a nice range of selections too.
          i usually like the silvers: frida kahlo is the flavor of the moment.

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          AquaW RE: CostcoWater May 3, 2007 01:54 PM

          El Carmen, Malo & L'Scorpion comes to mind.


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            vinosnob RE: CostcoWater May 3, 2007 01:59 PM

            Check out this link from the "Spirits" board. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/33708...

            I've never been, but Scorpion does have a huge menu of tequilas. http://www.scorpionhollywood.com/tequ...

            Beware of some anejos; many of them taste like the bourbon barrels they've been aged in. I tend to enjoy the blancos more, either straight or in a margie. Some of my favs are tesoro, Herradura, Penca Azul, Siete Leguas, Porfidio and Cabo Wabo (yes, Sammy Hagar knows how to make quality tequila)

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              JimN RE: vinosnob May 3, 2007 08:07 PM

              Ditto the suggestion to explore Blancos. Yes, there are some phenomenal Anejos out there, beautifully mellowed by the oak. However, nothing showcases the pure taste of Agave better than a fine Blanco Tequila. I'm a huge El Tesoro fan, and vinosnob has offered up some other great suggestions for fine Blancos.

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              heckonwheels RE: CostcoWater May 3, 2007 02:52 PM

              On the east side, Rudy Castrellon is quite a tequila connoisseur and has a nice selection. He has also been hosting occasional tastings. Rudy's is on the corner of Myrtle Ave. & Colorado Bl. in Monrovia. In the IE, Felipe's is another good place. Two locations in Rancho Cucamonga, see http://felipesonline.com/ for locations.

              1. Skorgirl RE: CostcoWater May 3, 2007 02:57 PM

                Also, Casablanca on the corner of Lincoln and Rose. Judging from the OP's name, you may already know this, but Costco stocks some premium tequilas including Patron.

                1. Das Ubergeek RE: CostcoWater May 3, 2007 03:22 PM

                  I can't believe I'm about to say this...

                  ...Tortilla Jo's, at Downtown Disney, has a pretty impressive tequila selection and they sell it by the large shot (which can be quite expensive) or by the "sabor" (taste) which is often less than half the price. Enough tequila and you'll be able to swallow the prices on the combo-plate food which is $3-$5 more than anywhere else in north OC.

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