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Janet from Richmond May 23, 2007 10:32 AM

I've recently taken up sipping on tequila with lime as a nice summery drink. My problem is I know very little about tequila..probably just enough to be dangerous with. I've been sipping the Patron Silver, but wanted to get input from tequila lovers, especially those who drink it straight.

  1. sku May 23, 2007 12:16 PM

    If you do a search, you'll find a few tequila threads from the last 6 months or so.

    I favor Herradura reposado or anejo. Nice smooth tequilas with lots of flavor.

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    1. re: sku
      MMRuth May 23, 2007 12:43 PM

      I also like the Herradura reposada - and if you can get your hands on a wonderful sangrita recipe - to sip along with the tequila, all the better.

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      mojoeater May 23, 2007 12:23 PM

      If you like silver tequilas, I highly recommend El Tesoro Platinum. It is an excellent tequila and is often less expensive.

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        Mr Lee Ho May 23, 2007 12:38 PM

        For an inexpensive but solid tequila I enjoy Jose Cuervo Tradicional.

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          KOK May 23, 2007 12:45 PM

          Three Generations Anejo! "It's the best in the City."

          Kevin

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            mojoeater May 23, 2007 12:46 PM

            I love 3 Gen. I would have recommended it, but she said she was enjoying a silver. But yes, Sauza Tres Generaciones is lovely. I vastly prefer the entire Sauza line to anything by Cuervo.

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              KOK May 24, 2007 05:31 AM

              I guess I took it that JfR, while now having the Patron Silver, was open to anything and wasn't specifically looking for Silvers. But luckily, as you smartly noted all the sauza is good and they have a silver in that same, 'I Dream of Jeanie' kind of looking bottle in Silver too!

              Thanks,

              kevin

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                Janet from Richmond May 24, 2007 06:11 AM

                Thank you everyone for your replies and I've only had the silver (as far as straight outside of a shot <g>) because it was recommended. While searching the bar last night I found a bottle of Herradura reposada, most likely a gift, and will try it this weekend. I'm most definitely open to trying different types and styles. Thank you all for your help.

              2. re: mojoeater
                joypirate Aug 10, 2007 11:44 AM

                also, i enjoy the 3 gen. as well, but it's a bit too oaky for summertime sipping with a lime, i'd think.

                that said, i've been trying the milagros and they're very good.

            2. Pei May 24, 2007 12:31 AM

              If you're enjoying the silvers, I'd try Lapis, Casa Noble, and Herradura (in that order). If you can find a Pura Sangre, it's the best tequila I've had at that price point ($15 or something on sale, way better than most $20 bottles) and I bought a case and have been using it for margaritas and last minute gifts for over a year.

              Casa Noble anejo is my favorite sipping tequila. If you close your eyes and smell it, you can detect a hint of butter. It's almost like smelling a boozy buttercream frosting.

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                cocktailqueen77 May 24, 2007 02:07 AM

                I second the El Tesoro, very smooth with enough flavor. Also reccomend a Chichicapa, if you can find a liquour store that carries it.

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                  sel May 31, 2007 10:43 PM

                  Casa Noble Anejo is reduced in price a little at Bev Mo now with their card.

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                  BHAppeal May 24, 2007 04:34 PM

                  Chinaco plata (Silver) well worth a sip. El Tesoro is good too.

                  1. 2top Jun 1, 2007 04:45 AM

                    Throw away the lime and sip these like a good Cognac:
                    Herradura Selecion
                    Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia
                    Casa Noble Anejo
                    1921 Reserva Especial

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                      nk. Jun 4, 2007 10:18 AM

                      Not technically a tequila, but related is Sotol. I'm really a fan of Sotol Reposado. Much cheaper than a premium tequila here, but very strong with lots of bite. It makes a kick ass margarita as well.

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                        hungry_fox Jun 6, 2007 06:33 AM

                        If you like good tequila, most would say avoid Cuervo. My favorite has always been Don Julio and I highly reccommend it.

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                          2top Jun 6, 2007 09:31 AM

                          I would agree the Cuervo Gold used in bars is nothing to cheer about but you, or whoever told you to avoid Cuervo couldn't have tasted Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia.

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                            hungry_fox Jun 6, 2007 09:48 AM

                            Actually I did, and I said on here it was pretty decent, I then got blasted by everyone on the post because apparently it's not real tequila or it's tourist tequila or somethin I don't know. Either way, Don Julio is still my favorite.

                        2. DiningDiva Jun 20, 2007 07:12 PM

                          I agree with Hungry Fox on the Don Julio, especially the reposado, it's easy to sip and enjoy.

                          Even better, though, is the reposado I had a couple of nights ago, Don Fernando. This is without a doubt the smoothest, easiest sipping tequila I've ever had the pleasure of trying, plus it was absolutely delicious. Double distilled and then aged in French barrels previously used for aging chardonnay. I was amazed.

                          http://www.donfernandotequila.com/

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                            NobleRot Jul 7, 2007 10:49 AM

                            If you're looking for something a little different, try Agavero. By different I mean a little sweeter than most tequilas as its labeled a "tequila licqour". By itself, Agavero is very smooth and enjoyable for sipping and with the addition of lime, the acidity will add a nice balance to the sweetness. Some other notable mentions are Cazadores, Don Julio and a recent find from Texas.. Don Alvaro.

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                              DiningDiva Jul 7, 2007 02:52 PM

                              Thanks for the recco. It sounds a little bit like Crema, the mezcal derivative put out by Del Maguey. It's real mezcal but with a little softening of the harder edges and a little sweetness. Deliciously good :-)

                          2. davis_sq_pro Jul 15, 2007 02:22 PM

                            Question for those on the thread: I've been recommended a brand called Clase Azul, which is about $90/bottle. I'll have to mail order it, as it's available only in a few states... Is it worth the price? Or is it hype? The stuff comes in a very pretty blue and white ceramic bottle, and I'm a bit wary of anything that comes in a bottle that's too pretty... what am I actually paying for?

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                              SemajT Jul 31, 2007 10:10 PM

                              Please try Asom Broso blanco or Asom Broso La Rosa which is aged in Bordeaux casks for 11 mos (try this not the 3 mos version). These are two of my absolute favorites. I also enjoy Casa Noble Anejo, El Conquistador reposado and Don Julio 1942 (expensive).

                              1. Josh Aug 1, 2007 03:20 PM

                                Porfidio silver is excellent.

                                1. Poindexter Aug 6, 2007 02:56 PM

                                  El Tesoro de Don Felipe (anejo) gets my vote for sipping.

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                                    littlemisswaitress Aug 8, 2007 01:56 PM

                                    i'm a big fan of tequila and my favorite by far is partiva anejo. but when I'm looking for something basic i stick to casadoras repesado, i think it's better then patron (and cheaper). salud!

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                                      fan4food Aug 9, 2007 09:45 PM

                                      don julio (anejo) in my opinion is the best sipping tequila!!!

                                      1. re: littlemisswaitress
                                        MC Slim JB Sep 19, 2007 11:32 AM

                                        I agree with you, littlemisswaitress, except it's spelled Cazadores, and is easy to spot by the picture of a stag's head on the bottle (cazadores means "hunters").

                                        It's a budget (~$20 for the plato) pure-agave tequila, a real bargain. The same distiller makes a $50 tequila called Corzo in much fancier packaging (a dramatic-looking rectangular bottle), but I don't think it's worth the premium. El Tesoro is my other favorite nice-priced pure-agave tequila.

                                        I use the blancos for tequila cocktails, the reposados and the añejos for sipping.

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                                        drinkslover Aug 15, 2007 08:23 AM

                                        El Tesoro Platinum (for silver), Tapatio Familia Reserva and Don Julio 1942 (for Anejo): these are not cheap but they are by far the best tequilas I have ever tasted.

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                                          swsidejim Sep 19, 2007 05:54 AM

                                          Just tried Don Julio 1942 Anejo this past weekend, and it is now at the top of my list.

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                                            SamSeiller Mar 1, 2009 01:04 PM

                                            The first ever Single Estate Vitaga tequila has been released. It is called Tequila Ocho - they use the traditional methods of distilling and each year the tast will vary sligtly based on the micro climate of that particular estate.

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                                              Outerspace Mar 1, 2009 04:19 PM

                                              A tequila fan recommended that I try Tonala's four-year anejo. It is really very good and BevMo had it for $39. Was far better than a lot of people's "go to" premium tequilas, like Patron.

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