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    Re: Tequila Forum

    I grabbed a bottle of Sombra Mezcal yesterday (recommendation from a friend). Once you get passed the real campy marketing, its really a great Mezcal. I compared it to some Del Maguey releases and I thought it was better. The Sombra is refined and balanced, and has a great smokey/citrus/salt flavor. I don't think there is a better value at $40.00.

    Here's the info:
    http://sombraoaxaca.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolph Lundgren View Post
    I grabbed a bottle of Sombra Mezcal yesterday (recommendation from a friend). Once you get passed the real campy marketing, its really a great Mezcal. I compared it to some Del Maguey releases and I thought it was better. The Sombra is refined and balanced, and has a great smokey/citrus/salt flavor. I don't think there is a better value at $40.00.

    Here's the info:
    http://sombraoaxaca.com/
    Might be worth noting that Sombra is basically a joint venture with Del Maguey and made by the same distillers who make one of the Del Maguey bottlings. I like it as well as a particularly smokey mezcal.
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolph Lundgren View Post
    I grabbed a bottle of Sombra Mezcal yesterday (recommendation from a friend). Once you get passed the real campy marketing, its really a great Mezcal. I compared it to some Del Maguey releases and I thought it was better. The Sombra is refined and balanced, and has a great smokey/citrus/salt flavor. I don't think there is a better value at $40.00.

    Here's the info:
    http://sombraoaxaca.com/
    It's neck & neck with DM's Vida... not on par with the higher-end DMs, but I go back and forth between bottles of Sombra & Vida, and find them to be equally enjoyable. I think there's more "earthy notes" on DM's Vida that I enjoy a bit more, and I agree that the Heavy Metal-ish packing of Sombra is offputting, but I love the cracked glass style of the bottle.

    Both are winners in my book. Real de Jalpa is an under $20 bottle of Reposado Mezcal I find locally and adore. It's as low as $16 (no worm...) and super citrusy & smokey. Something I always keep on hand for Margs and other tequila based mixed drinks - makes 'em better!

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    Nice. Do you happen to know which DM?

    In DM's defense, the two that were poured against the Sombra had been open for a year or two, so oxidation may have had something to do with it...

    I actually went into the store with the intent to buy a DM when my buddy who works at the store pulled me in the backroom and poured the Sombra against a couple of DMs (i can't remember which ones). It was $40.00 and a no brainer for me. Being a peated scotch lover, I think a lot of these mezcals are fantastic - smoke and brine!

    A buddy and I opened a bottle of Siembre Azul Anejo last night. Its aged in new American Oak from Missouri (Independent Stave?) and is really fantastic - vanilla, caramel and citrus. A little bourbon-y (must be the new oak barrel influence). My buddy called it "refreshing." Only issue was the proofing at 80. I can only imagine how good it would be at 100 proof.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolph Lundgren View Post
    Nice. Do you happen to know which DM?
    Digging a bit suggests it was once made at the same places as Vida and San Luis Del Rio but now it is possibly independent from DM and comes from San Juan del Rio according to Tequila.net. Hard to know for sure without seeing the NOM, if they exist, on older and newer bottles. They tend to keep it mysterious!
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    Re: Tequila Forum

    I've mentioned before that I drank tequila for 25 years before switching over to bourbon almost 7 years ago. Well, one of my old buddies (who's still very much into tequila) is turning 50 this weekend and having a party tomorrow night. I figured this would be a great time to bring/open a bottle I've been holding back for a special occasion:
    Porfidio SBA - Front.JPG Porfidio SBA - Front Label.JPG Porfidio SBA - Nom856.JPG
    Porfidio SBA - Rear Detail 1.JPG Porfidio SBA - Rear Detail 2.JPG
    It's the real deal Porfidio, not that poser 'Super Jalisco' stuff that came out much later.
    I think the bottles with the green rim may be more coveted (though I'm not really sure). I never got to taste any Porfidio SBA from a green rimmed bottle, but by most accounts that I've read this is just as good.

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    That's the stuff I used to buy when I was drinking tequila, Gus. It was pretty expensive (about $80) so I didn't get it often. Then, one day my liquor guy said they quit making it because it wasn't 100% agave or some story along those lines.

    What a great gift for a tequila lover.
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    Joe, I don't know all the details, but if you want to reseach it, look up Martin Grassl. He's the guy who started Porfidio, and somehow he pissed off the Mexican government and they ended up running him out of the country, so then he continued the brand from somewhere else, or something like that.

    Edit: Well, I just tried looking him up, and couldn't really find out a whole lot. It's a long story and details are hard to find. From what I just read though, it seems that he opened a distillery in Puerta Vallarta, so they must've let him back into the country. But that was later, after Porfidio's 'heyday', I believe. Like I said, I don't know all the details...LOL!

    Edit#2: Here's a link that may shed some light on the history of Porfidio:
    http://www.tequila.net/tequila-news/...o-tequila.html
    I haven't read it yet (wanted to get the link in here before my time to edit expired), but I don't expect that they'll say much about the bad stuff like getting run out of the country, etc.

    Edit#3: I just read the above link, interesting (though maybe a little one-sided since it was written by Martin himself). All I can say is that when I tried the newer 'Super Jalisco' stuff, I thought it paled in comparison to the older stuff that I had drank a good amount of, and so I never bought it again. But when I saw the old dusty bottle from Nom856, I bought it and have been holding onto it for probably about 7 years, and will open it later tonight for my buddie's 50th birthday. I hope it's as good as I remember.
    Last edited by gblick; 01-25-2014 at 03:17.

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    Re: Tequila Forum

    Picked up another Corrido anejo. Is it true this is going out of production? Store keeps having more on the shelf and has the blanco in spades. Obviously could be old stock, but I'm hopeful it will be around for a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RVTsteve View Post
    Picked up another Corrido anejo. Is it true this is going out of production? Store keeps having more on the shelf and has the blanco in spades. Obviously could be old stock, but I'm hopeful it will be around for a while.
    It's been out of production for a year. The store must have bought plenty. What store is it? Maybe I can have them ship some to me?
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