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    The SB Agave Spirits Thread-- What are you drinking?

    Right now, I'm drinking a Margarita, my own recipe-- 2oz Camarena Reposado Tequila, 0.75oz Combier (the original French Triple SEC), a dash of lime juice, a dash of Simple Syrup, and about 2oz of lemon juice.

    I like Tequila Camarena because it is very high quality (100% Blue Weber Agave), very affordable (<$20/bottle), and doesn't use any caramel. They did produce a top-echelon Tequila called "Trago" a while back, but I guess it didn't get any traction. I guess now that Patron has burned everyone out on expensive Tequila, the mid-priced segment is heating up...

    I also have a bottle of Siete Leguas Anejo, and a bottle of Ilegal Oaxaca Mezcal Joven. The former is very rich and whiskey-like, whereas the letter is light, but smoky.
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    Re: The SB Agave Spirits Thread-- What are you drinking?

    I guess now that Patron has burned everyone out on expensive Tequila, the mid-priced segment is heating up...
    Thats great news. I was a big tequila hound till I got sick of the prices. I had fun making pilgrimages to a few bars in LV and NYNY though over the years.

    I think my favorite value pour in Ohio is Milagro Reposado. I got pretty burnt out on Anejo's and found myself gravitating more to Reposado's and Blancos.

    Of course anything is better than the Two Fingers I cut my teeth on.
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    Re: The SB Agave Spirits Thread-- What are you drinking?

    Quote Originally Posted by DeanSheen View Post
    Thats great news. I was a big tequila hound till I got sick of the prices. I had fun making pilgrimages to a few bars in LV and NYNY though over the years.

    I think my favorite value pour in Ohio is Milagro Reposado. I got pretty burnt out on Anejo's and found myself gravitating more to Reposado's and Blancos.

    Of course anything is better than the Two Fingers I cut my teeth on.
    I've noticed that a couple of former Mixtos are now 100% Agave Tequilas-- El Jimador, the budget companion brand to Herradura, comes to mind. So does Cazadores (the one with the stag on it). Both have gone upward in price a bit and are now in the mid-priced segment. El Jimador, in particular, used to be just a couple of bucks more than Sauza or Jose Cuervo.

    Not that I'm complaining-- I don't buy mixtos, and I'm glad to see more affordable 100% Agave tequilas coming into the market.
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    Re: The SB Agave Spirits Thread-- What are you drinking?

    Lunazul repesado
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    Re: The SB Agave Spirits Thread-- What are you drinking?

    I used to like Cazadores quite a bit. Then one day I was drinking the Reposado straight and got wild onions. And I tried it a few more times and the flavor persisted.

    I used to drive tractor quite a bit and when you ran into a few acres where wild onions were persistent you got sick of the smell real quick.

    I still think it's a great tequila for drinks. I just don't like it straight anymore.
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    Re: The SB Agave Spirits Thread-- What are you drinking?

    Quote Originally Posted by DeanSheen View Post
    ...I think my favorite value pour in Ohio is Milagro Reposado. I got pretty burnt out on Anejo's and found myself gravitating more to Reposado's and Blancos...
    I tend to gravitate toward anejo, but I've read several places that aficionados south of the border prefer more robust blanco.

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    Re: The SB Agave Spirits Thread-- What are you drinking?

    Quote Originally Posted by B.B. Babington View Post
    I tend to gravitate toward anejo, but I've read several places that aficionados south of the border prefer more robust blanco.
    Black Pepper goodness.
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    Re: The SB Agave Spirits Thread-- What are you drinking?

    Nice thread! I was drinking whiskey tonight, but after coming across this I poured some Del Maguey Tobala.

    Tobala is Oaxacan Mezcal made not from the typical Espadin, but rather wild, mountain-grown Agave that may only be harvested once a year. With wild grown agave, the pinas are about a third the size of the pinas of farmed agave. The flavors are off the charts compared to farm grown, IMHO.

    Love this thread. Outside of Whiskey, Mezcal is what I reach for most.

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    Re: The SB Agave Spirits Thread-- What are you drinking?

    couple of articles worth reading about the current state of Tequila manufacturing:

    http://www.29-95.com/restaurants/sto...revere-tequila

    and the attached .pdf
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    Re: The SB Agave Spirits Thread-- What are you drinking?

    Quote Originally Posted by wadewood View Post
    couple of articles worth reading about the current state of Tequila manufacturing:

    http://www.29-95.com/restaurants/sto...revere-tequila

    and the attached .pdf
    I don't agree with them 100%, but they are definitely well-written and gave me a good chuckle.

    Interesting point about the agricultural practices with Agave, though, especially with the recent Agave crop shortage about a decade back. What if disease hits?

    I'm glad to see that I am justified in my choice of tequila-- Siembra Azul and Siete Leguas. I'd love to try Tequila Ocho, but I can't get any in PA.

    Well, if Tequila does get too over-done... there is always Mezcal and Sotol.
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