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    Price of Tequila

    Occasionally, I have time to meander around the liquor store and shop for other products. Last time I bought tequila, I remember thinking that it was more expensive than it should be. Today, while waiting for a prescription refill at Rite-Aid, I noticed that the prices were very reasonable. Has the blue agave crisis ended? Can I buy a Cabo Wabo without putting a lien on my premises?
    Anyone else noticed a drop in price?

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    Re: Price of Tequila

    The only drop I noticed was buying it in the duty free in Cancun Airport. Cabo Wabo is too rich for my blood from the prices I've seen. I don't drink it much but the bottle of Gran Centennario Anejo I brought back should fit the bill for some time to come. That bottle cost me about 30 bucks in Mexico and Sam's has it priced at 52. They also price the Cabo Wabo Anejo at 49.

    By the way, I did get a little Tequila 101 lesson from the lady in the DF. She recommended only 100% Agave tequilas and best sellers Sauza and Jose Cuervo don't come close. I won't be doing any side by side testing due to the first law of Dane's drinking:

    Dane plus straight tequila equals public nudity.
    (Corellary 1: nobody wants to see that)

    She said to look for 100% Blue Agave on the label and you can't go wrong.

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    Re: Price of Tequila

    Yeah, I'd say prices have balanced back out. The whole scare hype has seemed to blow over.

    I concur with the 100% blue agave advice. That's all I sell here at the store. Is there a difference? You bet! The "mixto" type like the ever-popular Cuervo Gold has other junk added in...sugar, grain spirits, whatever. Casa Noble is my personal favorite. Stick with blancos. The whole oaking thing is geared towards the US market where we think everything with oak must make it better. The "natives" aren't anejo and reposado fans.

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    Re: Price of Tequila

    In the "for-whatever-it's-worth" category, we've noticed in our store that the Hispanic customers virtually always buy the top-shelf tequilas/mezcals -- Cazadores, Patron, et al -- which, as noted elsewhere, are 100% agave. I suspect they laugh up their sleeves at us "gringos" and our Cuervo margaritas.
    The current Beverage Retailer magazine has a story that notes the one-time agave shortage, and states it's no longer a problem for the forseeable future.

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    Re: Price of Tequila

    I haven't had tequila in many years, but every time I visit Ian Chadwick's great tequila site, I consider it very strongly. The site is at http://www.ianchadwick.com/tequila/

    and it is loaded with information, pictures, even poetry celebrating tequila and mezcal. Very professional web site.
    Maybe next time I'm in the store ... Cheers, Ed

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    Re: Price of Tequila

    To further my Tequila 101 notes, the lady said that the blanco was for mixing drinks, like margharitas. The Reposado was for drinking shots, and the Anejo is the (let's see, how did she put it?) "Cadillac for the discerning palate". She never said anything about aging but I did read about it later. She also spoke a bit about Mezcal but that's another item completely. This came from a native, though I guess it could have been a sales pitch so please don't think I'm just arguing with your statement.

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    Re: Price of Tequila

    No disrespect to Val...my first wife was from Mexico City and their drink of choice was a reposado and I agree. I think a short time in oak makes tequila a wonderful drink. Too much wood makes it taste like oak toothpicks. Herradura Reposado is my favorite.

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    Re: Price of Tequila

    Last month's Wine Enthusiast had some cocktail recipes for Tequila and one caught my eye. I purchased the Herradura Reposado, which was cheaper than I remember, for the Madame Wu Wu. It's basically a tequila manhattan with a splash of, dark chocolate liqeur, served up with chocolate shavings.
    Interesting, but not something you drink repetitively. Nice for dessert. First bottle of tequila I've purchased in a while.
    A momentary affair. There was no love. Just booze. You've got to believe me.
    I feel like I cheated on Bourbon.


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    Re: Price of Tequila

    Ed, I admire your interest in "intrepid cocktails" whether tequila, bourbon or other (and extending to desserts flavored with spirits which are a variation on the theme). Just curious if you, or other Bourbonians, have tried a cocktail I read about recently on the Jack Daniel website. It is said to have been a favorite of Jack himself, how he drank his whiskey each night. It involves sugar, water and tansy then adding the whiskey. I am familiar with the Mint Julep (and enjoy it) but a Julep made with the herb tansy instead of mint - bruised tansy according to the recipe - clearly it is muddled with the sugar and water - is something I never heard of. I would be interested in people's reaction, and any taste notes, to this whiskey cocktail.

    Gary

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    Re: Price of Tequila

    Damn, Gary, I try to be a student of southern language and folk lore. But, not only have I never heard of that cocktail, I have never heard the term, "tansy". What is it?

    Tim

 

 

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