That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…
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I'm not a fan of bloody marys or tomato juice in general. Sangrita does nothing for me. If I want something salty to cleanse the palate, I just go with corn chips.
Seems like the only time I see Sangrita is when watching Rick Bayless. I tried it once but didn't find myself in the mood, although I think it could go well with a spicy meal, and of course it's fun to see several little glasses lined up.
Hey Max, seeing your awesome assortment of bottles yesterday and thinking about your mention that it's pretty much a lot by lot thing made me wonder--how do you determine what to buy? Do you try get the low down on a lot first, or do you just buy a bottle and later get more from the same lot if you really liked it? (Do they even let you specify lot number when ordering online?)
Actually though, the more authentic sangrita recipes had no tomato at all. But I did use tomato juice in my sangrita recipes that I came up with, and I enjoyed it even alongside the very high end extra-aged anejos that I loved sipping on, not just the blancos like most folks who enjoy sangrita.
Maybe I just wasn't a true tequila drinker, as I've totally switched over from tequila to bourbon (6 years ago).
So now I know why nobody replied before.
1. I try to do a little research if I can regarding the lot or generation of the bottle.
2. I look at reviews and when they are dated. Brands switch NOMs at times and that generally makes the biggest difference because it often means a new master distiller and water source (and maybe cooking/shredding method)
3. Sometimes I just buy a bottle and pray for the best.
There's not really a single answer. There's only a certain amount of research that can be done because only some online stores list or will tell you want lot you're buying. I generally buy what intrigues me and if I like it, I can buy more...especially if I find a good price.
Since we're showing off tequila stashes, I had to get my beauties out for some pics.
Left to right:
-Jose Cuervo Anejo, 2004 (same juice as JCRF 2004)
-Denton Chinaco green label blanco
-Casa Noble Anejo, original "basket weave" bottle
-Casa Noble Crystal, early Vamonos bottles
-1921 blanco, leather strap bottle
-El Tesoro Paradiso, foil top bottle
-Casa Noble single barrel Anejo
-El Tesoro blancos, white label
-Tapatio Blanco signed by Carlos Camerena
-Porfidio single barrel anejo, standard and mega size bottles
-Los Abuelos blanco and anejo, known in US as Fortaleza, lote #1!
-7 Leguas D'antano
"A man can take a little bourbon without getting drunk, but if you hold his mouth open and pour in a quart, he's going to get sick on it."
picked up a couple bottles today.
First was a Campeon anejo on sale. After the recent write up on the K&L spirits blog I thought I'd give it a shot and it was the same price as the blanco. I like how light it is compared to other anejos. I love barrel influence in general but this is not your normally wood influenced aged tequila. Very subtle. I like it but I think I'll like the blanco even better with the same profile but less mellow.
I also found what my research from the sources posted here tell me is a 2nd generation 1921 NOM1079 Repo. Green wax, no pull tab, hand written Lote, San Jose, CA address. Thanks for the resources everyone, otherwise I wouldn't have known what to look for! Haven't opened it yet, but I plan to later this evening. There's another on the shelf I'll have to go back for later.