I tried searching the thread but nothing came up. Has anyone here tried the Trader Joe's "Distinqt" reposado tequila?
Made at NOM 1558, which makes Luna Nueva, which is a solid brand. Trader Joe's can't carry liquor up here in MN, so I've never had it. I've heard that it's worth the price, but isn't spectacular.
Reserva de la Familia Jose Cuervo, 2010 bottling (marked 22-IX-10)
Colour: Medium Amber
Nose: Oak, spices, pepper, caramel tones
Taste: Sweet and rounded with good black pepper and the typical herbal notes of tequila, also a touch of the cork I think (in a good way). Early on the original cork crumbled and I found a WR cork that fit the bottle exactly but I think some of the smell got in, but that's okay. Well put together, it reminds me of a more conventional tequila, a good Cognac and good bourbon at the same time.
Finish: Did I say pepper? Tingly too, caramel tones lingering.
Good good good. A sister drink up next.
Tlacuache Silver Mescal (bottled 2008).
Nose: Herbs, ethanol, smoke
Taste: Rounded again and sweet in an (evidently) natural way. A waft of fresh smoke rises on the palate. Also notes of anise and white dog sort of.
Finish: It's all about the smoke with good alcohol and pepper/herbs in support. Reminds me of a very good vodka too, not the big taste but the mouthfeel to the white spirit.
I really like this one, it shows great individuality: I know of now other drink category quite like it. Tequila is perhaps more a cousin rather than a sister drink, they seem rather different at least based on these two samples.
Saw an El Tesoro Paradiso extra anejo while wandering around Denver and decided to pick it up since it wasn't something I haven't seen at home. Hopefully I can get it home intact!
After getting distracted by the Clement and Matusalem (which are both excellent), I finally got around to cracking one of those tequilas.
El Ultimo family size. First off, kudos to them for having the largest cork, stopper, and mouth of any bottle I've ever seen. You could lose a shot glass into it. My immediate responses to tasting it were, a) it blows Camarena (my previous mixer) out of the water. I don't want to embarrass Cuervo silver with a comparison. And b) it's extraordinarily sippable. Fortaleza and Cuervo Platino seem like two opposite styles of tequila, and El Ultimo rests between them, leaning toward Cuervo. While I might prefer the Fortaleza end, El Ultimo's middle ground is perfect for mixed drinks.
That makes three for three of the bottles I've opened so far. Have you guys (Max and unclebunk) opened any of the sale ones yet?
Anyway, 1519 was fine for $15, but I can see why they didn't sell a lot in the $35-40 range, which is closer to their MSRP. Frida Kahlo is very nice and wasn't a bad buy at the previous price, but the aņejo was probably too much in the $60-70 range. Pretty solid buy in the $40-50 and a must in the $20s.
Finally opened the Don Julio Reposado gifted to me by a colleague in Guadalajara - 38% alc by vol. I do not drink tequila often and haven't had it neat (if you can call it that) since shooters in college almost 30 years ago. This is fabulous stuff - vanilla, honey agave, a bit of pepper on the finish, nice mouthfeel. It has made me want to explore a few other reposados and anejos, but this one will be the benchmark. If this is the only brand I have on the shelf, that is fine with me.