The local liquor store did a tequila 101 class, and did some sampling. I'm worried, this spirit could become another expensive hobby.
Here is what we sampled. I encourage you to give your thoughts on the selections.
Tierra Fertil Blanco
Fina Estampa Blanco
Don Cosme Reposado
Aha Toro Reposado
El Amo Anejo
Ley 925 Anejo
Campo Azul Extra Anejo
My thoughts as a tequila noob:
I'm not so excited about blancos in general. The grassy/pepper notes are interesting, but I think I'd get bored quickly. I like the wood influence of the aged ones. Of the two blancos, I thought the Fina Estampa was the better.
The Don Cosme was interesting, but I liked the Aha Toro better. It is one I could see buying to drink.
I was not at all impressed with the El Amo. I thought it was boring. No negatives, just lacking character. The Ley 925 was my favorite of the night. Really flavorful, lots of character.
I liked the Campo Azul a lot. He said this is limited to 5000 bottles. Any truth to this? Seems like a steal at the ~$35 they had it priced at. Might be worth bunkering a couple of these. Very smooth. The tequila I would choose to introduce new tequila drinkers to.
Also: He said Kah is disappearing from the market again. It could just be his store/distributor. Any truth to this rumor?
I still haven't been able to find Fina Estampa anywhere but have my hands full with the little stockpile I've accumulated in the last month or so. Last night I went with the anejos, Dos Lunas and Corrido. The DLA is mighty fine and I really wish I had picked up a second bottle before it suddenly disappeared. The Corrido Anejo though is a real step up and loaded with character, so much so that I'm sure I'll blow through this bottle quickly and have to get another. It's worth every penny of the $40 that I paid for it.
Don Cosme is really cheap and pretty basic. But for $20 and under, it's a decent buy. Aha Toro is a gem, although I have not tasted it since it changed distilleries. I've heard there's a difference. As a newbie, I'm sure you didn't look for the NOM on the bottle. I hope the new is as good as the old. Aha Toro also has some great bottles. The reposado is my favorite of that line, so you had a good one there.
El Amo is very basic. Again, it's a budget tequila. It's what some on here might call an "everyday" pour as it has all of the basics of what you would want in tequila and is well priced, but maybe lacks the little extra to make it special.
Ley 925 is a gem. It has a ton of fruit flavors, some nice spice and a wonderful finish. The extra anejo is one of the better ones out there and is only $60 instead of the $200+ price tag you see on a lot of extra anejos.
Campo Azul is not a good brand. I've never had the extra anejo and I like many other tequilas from the distillery. Most of their tequilas are really "hot" and not pleasant at all. It makes a decent mixed (reposado). I'd give the XA a shot, but I'm not in a hurry to try much more from the brand after having the blanco and reposado.
All in all, that's a really good sampler from a local store. I wish ours would have selection that good and different.
Max, or anyone; what do you think of Alien tequila?
I picked up a Tequila Ocho Reposado and an El Jimador Anejo today.
I'm starting to warm up to the Blancos. I'm going to try the Alien Blanco next.