• Like ACOPA said: Tequila is like any other liquor. Shots of the cheap stuff for the amatures, and sipping the best for those who know.

    The Tequila bong and various other ways of getting you shit faced are popular in tourist bars, but are not part of the culture.

  • @ACOPA Good to know. I was wondering about such since Scott mentioned "sipping" up post. Sipping is also more my style, hence the "Sippin' Whisky" thread. I cringe when a guest "slams" a dram from a hundred dollar bottle of single malt. I imagine locals must feel us gringos are pretty silly. My college roommate mentioned up post also slammed shots though. Born in Mexico City but raised mostly in L.A. so maybe he was American Macho'ized? Ditto locals ordering up expensive Patron Silver/Platinum. Always seems to be portrayed such in movies as well, even those shot in Mexico. I always figured it was just one of those tequila crazy things, as how are you going to taste/appreciate "good booze" like that?

    Anything forty to fifty percent alcohol is going to be "most efficient". I'm not into the alcohol buzz but do enjoy good craft beer and good whisk(e)y. I quaff the former and linger over the latter, nosing and savoring the nuances. At full strength, such is less evident, however, and diluting with water backs off the alcohol "bite" and releases the secondary and tertiary esters, leading to esoteric verbiage like "dried fruit, hint of pear, apricot, etc." one may encounter in descriptions at various whisky aficionado sites. Indeed, Laphoraig recommends a 2:1 dilution on their cask strength. Is tequila sipped straight?

    Anyways, interesting cultural info. I've not ventured across the border in decades (bad experience w/a corrupt cop) and been meaning to email Scott and inquire what it's like for a gringo to be living in Mexico. But maybe that's a topic for another thread.

  • High end tequila has become very trendy, but not all expensive tequila is worth the money. It has become very fashionable to bottle generic tequila in fancy bottles, then charge premium prices: Patron is the epitome of this practice. Patron pretty much invented the fancy bottle for export. You can buy pretty much the same tequila at Trader Joes under a different label for less than half the price.

    Another trend, with many small proprietary labels popping up, is to chemically match flavors of well known brands, rather than to embrace the natural, distinct, flavors of a specific distillation. These are products of chemistry, not artistry. So buyer beware.

  • @Scole Yep. Ditto Italian olive oil, Canadian maple syrup and many other products oft times originating out of South East Asia. No shortage of "better living thru chemisery" marketroid conmen. I only every tried Patron once and was not impressed, especially at the price even though I didn't pay for it.

    So, do you have any recommendations for the moderately priced "real deal" that would be available stateside?

  • Does anybody make his/her own tequila?

  • I've known about cheap 2-day hangover tequila for about 30 years, but I don't drink much of the "gud-stuff" these days, & never have one of them "fruity" tequila drinks.

    However, I know I'm not one of you insiders, since I like it on the rocks. IMG_2310.JPG

  • @zBrown said in Tequila:

    Does anybody make his/her own tequila?

    I would...
    Well if I could make Tequila out of moss instead of cactus, I would.

  • @toby
    Yes, sipping is the way to go, and I do enjoy whisky as well.

    Everyone has probably slammed a shot now and then, but you learn your lesson quickly. You're right, anything with that kind of proof will do the job.

    Tequila is often mixed with fizzy water or Coke or Squirt type sodas, as well as fruit juices, as in a Tequila Sunrise. I prefer straight, but to each his own.


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    The world as seen through 50 L of Reserva de la Familia

  • @Scole What else is there that is worth seeing?

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    After 3 months of quarentine in a Mexican beach town, 2 of them with no alcohol sales, it's time to see what's left on the shelf.

    Raicilla is made from agave and, until recently was considered moonshine: It is now legally produced and sold in a couple of small mountain towns in Jalisco

  • @Scole Nice post Scole. I raise a shot of the best to you!

  • havent had tekilla since febuary 1987... didn't feel the need to quit the rest of the sauce untill aug 2006 🙂

  • Not sure whether this should be here in the Tequila thread, or in the Coronavirus thread, but...

    Mari told me she'd bought a bottle of a new-to-her tequila during her last stint working in the US. Pretty good stuff, she said. Called 1800.

    So I looked it up (and then bought a bottle here for Mari's return). Here is a note from their website, and a shout out to them for their care, and to you when you're considering the next bottle:

    "Our response to COVID-19: Proximo Spirits pledges $1,000,000 as part of its ongoing effort to help those in need.
    We've always remained true to our values of passion, hard work and honesty.
    Today we're proud to honor these values by joining our family of brands at Proximo Spirits who are making a $1,000,000 donation to two charities that are doing so much to support our communities nationwide.
    CORE (Children of Restaurant Employees) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the children of food and beverage service employees who are in need of help due to a health crisis or natural disaster.
    World Central Kitchen #ChefsforAmerica movement, a team of food first responders, mobilizing with urgency to get meals to those who need them most, including children, families and seniors, as well as frontline healthcare workers.
    This initial pledge is part of our ongoing commitment to stand by the individuals and families who are so deeply impacted in these difficult times.
    From our family to yours,
    1800 Tequila"

  • @David-Harris I think you may be referencing Jose Cuervo 1800? I once had a college roommate gift me a bottle of the real deal from Mexico. Nowadays... I rarely drink Tequila. For what it is worth, that Herradura Reposado I posted up post seems to be well appreciated by guests. My palate is not very well educated when it comes to Tequila, however, so I definitely defer to @Scole and @ACOPA.

    Hmm... I have not kept up with all the mergers and such in the spirits world but seems they've split the 1800 stuff off to a dedicated line:

    1800 Tequila

    Originally known as Cuervo 1800 Tequila,[7] 1800 Tequila was launched in 1975 as a premium sipping tequila.[8] The Silver, Añejo and Reposado labels were introduced in 2004.[9] Since 2008, it has been distributed in the US by Proximo Spirits.[5] That year, the Select Silver label was introduced, as the first and only 100 proof clear tequila.[9] In 2006, 1800 introduced The Ultimate Margarita, 19.9 proof and the only pre-mixed, ready-to-serve margarita mix made with 100% blue agave tequila (1800 Silver).[10]

    Heh, so which one did you get, eh?

  • @toby No, not the Cuervo.

    When Mari told me about liking the 1800 Tequila she bought, I said the same thing as you: "Oh, that's a Jose Cuervo brand." Probably because I remembered seeing a Cuervo 1800 at some point. She said "No, doesn't look like it's part of the Cuervo line." So I went online and checked...

    But it is not. Not connected at all. And not only is it good tequila, the company seems to be doing good things... assuming what they say on their website is true.

  • @David-Harris From that Wikipedia link:

    1800 Tequila is a Mexican brand of tequila owned by the Beckmann Family, who also own the Jose Cuervo tequila brand.

    I guess I presumed they'd split it off for the premium market to compete with Patron and the like.

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