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  1. #91
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    Re: Tequila

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    I'm surprised by this. The bottle I bought a couple of weeks ago is not 100% agave. It's also quite tasty. I'm not sure why they would do that. The bottle I have does identify it as a Casa Herradura product, distributed by Brown-Forman. If El Jimador is 100% agave, then why spend twice as much for Herradura?
    I'm not sure what the difference is between the brands except quality and price. The quality difference is well known at Mumpsimous forum. Cut points in the distillation process? Wood policy? I can a radical difference between the two. Herradura is the better brand by a country mile IMHO.

    El Jimador used to be 100% agave before there was some sort of agave shortage. Perhaps now that production has caught up, the brand has gone back to being 100% agave?

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    Re: Tequila

    It may be a Canada thing, but I'll be on the look-out here. I know the Herradura reposado and anjeo are aged longer than the Il Jimador equivalents, but it's hard to guess what "quality" differences there could be since it's produced at the same distillery. The only way to make it cheaper is to make it mixto.

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    Re: Tequila

    Quote Originally Posted by New2Whiskey View Post
    I also purchased El Tesoro Reposado as well as the Silver. I've only had 2 other tequilas. The El Tesoro Reposado was far better than the previous ones I owned.

    I also used the Silver in making a margarita. I used a recipe from Robert Hess. (Not sure if its ok to post his website). I've made other margaritas before. But his ratio and the silver tequila from El Tesoro made a ridiculously great margarita!
    I make my Margarita's using Partida's Agave nectar for sweetness. I follow the recipe on the bottle and it is quite good.

    Tonight I enjoyed some Partida Anejo neat which is always smooth and quite enjoyable.
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    Re: Tequila

    El Jimador vs Herradura

    *El jimador is a mixto but they also offer 100% Agave!!

    Below I have outlined some differences in El Jimador (Mixto) vs Herradura

    FERMENTATION
    EJ is for 72 hours vs H fermented at 96 hours

    DISTILLATION
    EJ lasts 5 hours vs Herradura at 6 hours

    After the 2nd distillation Herradura is 46%abv (92 proof)
    After the 2nd distillation El jimador is 48%abv (96 proof)

    AGING
    Herradura silver aged 45 days / Reposado aged 11 months
    El jimador blanco unaged / Reposado aged 2 months

    One of the bigger factors is the Agave Terrior (where it is from which region valley vs Mountains) this really influence the flavor profile.

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    Re: Tequila

    Well, I finally bought another tequila today. After reading many reviews on Tequila.net I decided to go with Gran Centenario Reposado.

    I picked up a replacement bottle of their Plata so I'm sitting here with a glass of each. Aside from a fleeting vanilla that melds well with the 'pepper' and a smoothing of the edges the two iterations are, to my inexperienced 'tequila palate', identical, which is what I was hoping for. I love the agave taste. I wouldn't want that covered up. I can't make up my mind which one I like better.

    I was almost persuaded to buy a bottle of the Herradura Reposado when I saw a Christmas gift pack that included a glass. I think I'll head out to a Mexican restaurant within the next few days and try a pour before buying a bottle.

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    Re: Tequila

    This thread has prompted me to taste some tequila, something I do only rarely.

    I poured some 4 Copas Blanco in my Whiskey Keller Bourbon Street glass (a copita-style glass and I can't recall now where I got this, I think it was at a whisky festival). I added a large cube of ice.

    The taste was quite strong at first (I am not used to tequila) but now I can see its allure, the taste is complex, sweetish, with grassy and herbal notes, pepper too.

    Gary

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    Re: Tequila

    I spend some time reading through this thread and have enjoyed it.

    I know almost nothing about Tequila however did have some interesting experiences in Mexico years ago when I used to travel there for business.

    Some of the mexican businessmen used to poke some fun at me since a lot of gringo's are known to knock back shots of Jose Cuervo. First off I found that Cuervo is not too well regarded in Mexico and secondly that Tequila should be sipped not tossed back as you sometimes see in the states.

    I did manage to sip a variety of nice Tequilas while I was there and recall that I especially liked Don Julio. I first had Don Julio while dining at El Gaucho which is an Argentine Steak House and is amazing by the way. The Don Julio is served chilled in a tall shot glass. Along with it they serve Sangrita to sip along with the Tequila. It was very good... matter of fact, I may pick up a bottle and give it another go.

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    Re: Tequila

    After about the forth or Fifth uncorking of this bottle of El Tesoro Platinum (blanco) The synthetic cork came unglued from the wooden top. I had a hell of a time getting the rubber stopper out.

    The stopper fit so snugly the bottle would jerk when I pulled it out. I use to think that synthetic corks for spirits were a good Idea, but if they have to be made this snug maybe it isn't such a good Idea. Synthetic corks on a wine bottle only have to come out once.......but a bottle of spirits....



    I'm liking screw caps more and more these days............

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    Re: Tequila

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillman View Post
    This thread has prompted me to taste some tequila, something I do only rarely.

    I poured some 4 Copas Blanco in my Whiskey Keller Bourbon Street glass (a copita-style glass and I can't recall now where I got this, I think it was at a whisky festival). I added a large cube of ice.

    The taste was quite strong at first (I am not used to tequila) but now I can see its allure, the taste is complex, sweetish, with grassy and herbal notes, pepper too.

    Gary
    I had that 4 Copas Blanco this summer and it was excellent.... it was the Tequila that opened my eyes to how good a Tequila could be.


    Tonight I'm enjoying some Partida Anejo after a bunch of Islay Scotches...
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    Re: Tequila

    James, How do the 4 Copas offerings compare to El Tesoro?

    Since buying a bottle of El Tesoro repasado and a bottle of the blanco the Gran Centenario tequilas taste sweet, too sweet, even the blanco. My wife even commented on how sweet the GC blanco tasted when I gave her a sip of the El Tesoro and then had her try the GC. A few days ago she even requested that I make our Margaritas with the ET platinum. We've never made them at home and I can't recall having one in a restaurant. I used a 2:1:1 ratio. I had mine straight up and she had hers on the rocks. I liked it, but she thought they were a bit too strong with tequila. She liked it better after the ice melted some. I plan on experimenting further when we have tacos for supper again.
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