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Camarena - another newbie reposado in a fancy bottle, $18, opinions?

Says it's 100% agave. Sort of a peppery taste. Anyone familiar and with an opinion? I own one now. Straight teeth and cleavage and free sample got me again.

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  1. The reviews at Tequila.net are pretty decent for both the blanco and repo, I had this in my cart in a recent online order for $17 but I had to limit myself somewhere. Just got it in NC but at a slightly higher price, $21 and $23, so I guess I should have gotten it online.

    I did recently pick up a bottle of 30-30 repo I am pretty happy with for $20, not the best sipper as it is a little hot but has a nice flavor and is an excellent mixer, especially for the price.

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    1. re: ncyankee101

      Just to clarify - the state got it, not me - just realized I didn't word that very well - thus I don't actually have an opinion as of yet.

    2. I bought a 1.75 L reposada here in Boston. It had a rebate and was $29 after the rebate. A steal at that price.

      I agree not a fabulous sipper, but not bad even straight. I brought the whole dern bottle for two weeks on Cape Cod. In margs it is awesome, and I drink it on the rocks in a pinch. I just hope they still have it as my bottle is gone.

      I think this is a nice trend and hope the insanely pricey 100% agave craze is over. There are now several 100% Agave Tequila's available at decent price points.

      Other friends had some nips of Patron and I was reminded what a waste that overpriced stuff is. This was at least as good as the Patron.

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      1. re: StriperGuy

        Striperguy - I hope you're right about the ridiculously expensive tequilas, but I still see new brands showing up (In NC) which are $40+ for blancos, such as Avion, and 901 which I know isn't new but I feel is only priced so high because it is Justin Timberlake's brand.

        I don't know if you caught my post on El Charro, where I saw it online for $40 for a liter, and in a store in SC for $14/750. Since then the price at the online retailer has dropped to $19.

        I did find another good low-priced Tequila, El Ultimo blanco - got it on sale for $17. Not bad as a sipper, not quite as smooth as Espolon (which is $25 here) but maybe a little more flavor.

        Patron is - if you'll excuse the cliche - a good tequila for people who don't like tequila, smooth mild and easy to drink. It would be decent if it were priced around $30 or less for a 750, however it is $48 here in NC which is ridiculous. On the other hand I had a chance to get a bottle in an online order for $30 and passed on it, i would rather just grab a bottle of Corazon for that money, which I think is much better.

        1. re: ncyankee101

          I'm with ya on Corazon and Espolon. I got a great deal on Esp... a while back.

          1. re: StriperGuy

            I got Espolon in PA last Christmas for $19, both blanco and reposado. When they finally showed up in NC the price was $25 - not quita as much a bargain, since Corazon goes on sale with fair regularity for $27.

            1. re: ncyankee101

              Espolon is on sale here in PA right now at $20 and $22. Which is good then cos I'm gonna pick some up. :-) They have the Camarena here as well and I had been wondering. May try it sometime as the regular price is low but probably won't try it over Espolon on sale. Corazon reposado (only one routinely in stores) sells for $36 or $37 here.

            2. re: StriperGuy

              hey striper - I just saw this on tequila.net thought you might be interested - check out the best blanco winner:

              http://www.forbes.com/sites/chrismill...

          2. re: StriperGuy

            I just saw a great example of the fancy bottle syndrome - I noticed that hitimewine recently dropped the price on Asombroso (the one with the bottle that looks like a big glass dildo.) The silver dropped from $53 to $30, and the 3 month Repo from $54 to $35, They're still trying to get $50 for the 11 month repo (formerly $60), $160 for the Anejo and - heh heh - $990 for the 11 year Vintage Anejo.

          3. Well, I finally got ahold of some of this stuff - tried a mini bottle of it, liked it so I ran back out and got some 750s of the blanco and repo, $17 after $3 MIR.

            It has a rather odd nose, with a sort of fruity nail-polish remover smell, but it tastes quite good, flavorful with a decent finish. I want to get it home (on vacation now) and try it side-by-side with El Ultimo my new favorite <$20 Tequila.

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            1. re: ncyankee101

              Right there with you on the acetone smell. It was overpowering.

              1. re: invinotheresverde

                Yeah - when I took a whiff, my first thought was "Well I am glad I only wasted $1.50 on a mini bottle" - I was really surprised when the taste was as good as it was. The repo doesn't seem to have the same nose, I haven't opened the 750 of the blanco yet to see if it goes away after being open for a while (the repo has been open for weeks).

                Still haven't done the side-by-side and am not going to tonight as I am currently bludgeoning my palate in a Wild Turkey rare breed vs Old Weller antique 107 face-off of high proof Bourbons.

                Edit : both Bourbons are quite good, but I find the Weller a little spicier and more flavorful, while the rare breed is definitely smoother when drunk neat. I prefer the Weller this way.

                On ice - as near as I can tell the ice is an equalizer, as I cannot tell the difference now. Or maybe my palate is numb. Or I am getting buzzed. Or all three. But they both taste great

            2. Sucker. And just imagine what else you'd have bought if it was a chick... :P

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              1. re: inaplasticcup

                Low cost all agaves are right in my wheelhouse for good 'ritas. I have no complaints now that the oppressive Texas summer heat is abating. It was a good summer for 'ritas. I just wish Texas bars and restos could get them right. Some things ya gotta do yourself.

                1. re: Veggo

                  Veggo, I wasn't referring to your choice of tequilas, rather your penchant for straight teeth and cleavage.

                  Have you tried the Camarena in your margaritas yet? I'd love to try a new tequila for our homemade margis. (And they don't get them too right too often out here in Cali, either. :) )

                  1. re: inaplasticcup

                    I caught your snipe. Hey, I like to help others succeed at honest work, even those who have other work options.
                    Yes the Camarena does fine in 'ritas, first time around with Grand Marnier, third time around with Patron Citronge, sold to me by a portly, somewhat snaggletoothed gentleman.

                    1. re: Veggo

                      Snipe. :)

                      Great! We're fresh out. I think we'll try some if we can find it closeby.

              2. The price being $19 for the repo was my vixen ... It has a tad mild-ish pepper taste with a clean finish and is otherwise serviceable in the Cointreau Margaritas I am serving up for this evening's Super Bowl Party.

                1. Another reasonable brand I have found in MA is the 100% Agave "Agavales" Brand at $24.99 for a 1.75L. Honestly much better the Camarena product. Found it at Marty's. Probably best inexpensive 100% agave I've tasted.

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                  1. re: StriperGuy

                    I'm in a liquor control state [Iowa] and have yet to see it. However, if I do, I will be sure to give it a try ... My favorite sub-$20 is an Anejo called Calle Azul [$15.91 for 750mL at Sam's Club].

                    1. re: StriperGuy

                      Agavales has the same NOM as Don Sergio (Total Wine store brand ?) - which I liked quite a bit when I first opened it but a couple weeks back I tried the silver for the first time in a while and the flavor just seemed off. I am going to give it another chance because it's possible my palate was the problem, though other tequilas tasted OK to me that night, including the Don sergio repo.