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Jan 24, 2008 08:06 AM

Affordable Tequila - 100% Agave

I'm really getting into tequila and starting to drink a lot, and prefer blanco to reposado. Can someone recommend a good 100% agave tequila (preferably blanco but not necessarily) in the $20-35 range? Thanks.

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  1. I'm not a huge tequila drinker, but I think the Cuervo Tradicional reposado is a great bargain. That's what I keep stocked for the occasional margarita.

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    1. re: ted

      Tradicional is a reposado though.

      I would try Cazadores which is 100% agave and is under $30 for the blanco.

      El Tesoro Chinaco and Don Julio would be at the upper limit of your budget but very good,

        1. re: MichaelG

          I read through the other current tequila thread, and was surprised that there were a few blanco/reposado suggestions that were comparable in price to the Cuervo. Definitely a couple that I will have to check out.

          1. re: ted

            Of course, then I looked some and found none of the reposados. Saw blanco Pueblo Viejo and picked up a bottle of Sauza hornitos reposado that I've yet to try.

          2. re: MichaelG

            Go for the Don Julio, no question that it's the best

            1. re: hungry_fox

              Funny, since my original posting, I've tried a lot of tequilas, and I think I like Don Julio the worst - at least among the blancos I've tasted. I've settled on blancos as my go-to type, for the in your face agave taste, and my favorites are Herradura, Don Eduardo and Cazadores. All have a sharp agave taste that hits you (in a good way) like a gentle slap in the face as a sign of affection from someone attractive. Don Julio, however, has a bit of a cloying caramel taste; it's too syrupy and not crisp like the others. Just my opinion, but "there's no question that it's the best" is pure hyperbole.

              1. re: MichaelG

                Ah see I've never had the blanco I've always stuck to reposado; sorry I didn't specify that earlier and sorry I didn't fully read the OP that you're looking for Blanco, but yea I was discussing reposado, my fault.

                1. re: hungry_fox

                  No problem, but now you've got me wondering what the DJ reposado tastes like. I'll add it to my pipeline of tequilas to buy and drink!

      1. Herradura blanco
        Sauza hornitos

        1. Trader Joe's has begun stocking a Joe's brand 100% agave reposado called Distinqt which sells for $20 per 750 ml. I posted here a couple weeks ago asking for opinions on it and got no responses, so maybe it's not widely available. Anyway, just today I finally picked up a bottle to try out myself. I'm nothing close to a tequila expert, but I found it to be quite respectable, and a very good option for the price. I thought it was pretty mild on the oak (at least compared with the Cazadores reposado I usually have on hand), which may appeal to you as someone who prefers blanco. So it might be worth a try, especially considering that TJ's claims that you can return anything that you don't like (although I've never personally tested that policy re alcohol).

          1. Has anyone tried Cabo Wabo? I saw it on sale for $35. I'm tempted, but the whole Sammy Hagar thing turns me off...

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            1. re: AlbertaHound

              Don't be scared. He actually takes the enterprise very seriously i.e. it's produced in a traditional method and is made from only the blue weber agave plant; I've had the anejo mostly (as a "sipper") and it's great for that style, but I'm sure the others are good too.

              1. re: AlbertaHound

                I wouldn't buy Cabo Wabo for $50, but for $35 I'd jump on it.

                1. re: AlbertaHound

                  We enjoy Cabo Wabo too. The blanco is $35.00 to $38.00 in the grocery stores here.

                  1. re: MIKELOCK34

                    Yes, I have since seen Cabo more in that price range. I think it used to be more, but maybe my mind is playing tricks on me. So now allow me to amend my post:

                    I might consider buying Cabo Wabo for $35, but for $25 I'd jump on it.


                    1. re: Alcachofa

                      Cabo came into our market at $55.00 in grocery stores. The price did indeed drop a few months later.

                2. First a disclaimer. I'm not a big tequila drinker. I like it ok, but it is not near the top of my favorite spirits.
                  The guy at mt local liquor store showed me some Puerto Vallarta once. I was just looking for something to put in blender Margaritas. I was going to get something other than 100% agave. I think this was the cheapest 100% agave they had, and for what we used it for, it did ok.

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                  1. re: TroyTempest

                    The guy at my local store recommended Dos Manos (over patron no less) which runs about 20 dollars for a 750