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    Cielo Tequila

    I recently picked up a bottle of Cielo Anejo Tequila. And I am a big fan it has much more oak and other more earthy rustic flavors than other tequilas than I've had, which I personally like those flavors more than the floral bouquets. I highly reccomend anyone looking for a good anejo to try Cielo. There are people who've compared Cielo to Herradura Seleccion Suprema, I can't corraburate this not having the HSS, but I think the Cielo's just great (for tequila at least ) I haven't had the blanco or reposado, but I've heard good things. The blanco runs around $35, the reposado $40, and the anejo $50.
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    Hey Tim, I can't speak for the Anejo, but I bought a bottle of the Reposado for our Cinco de Mayo party this year, and it was the overwhelming favorite. Others we had were the Herradura Reposado (which is one of my favorites), Don Julio Anejo, and Sauza Tres Generaciones. People who usually don't drink tequila, actually came back for seconds of the Cielo. I'll have to pick up a bottle of the Anejo after hearing your rec. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokinjoe
    Hey Tim, I can't speak for the Anejo, but I bought a bottle of the Reposado for our Cinco de Mayo party this year, and it was the overwhelming favorite. Others we had were the Herradura Reposado (which is one of my favorites), Don Julio Anejo, and Sauza Tres Generaciones. People who usually don't drink tequila, actually came back for seconds of the Cielo. I'll have to pick up a bottle of the Anejo after hearing your rec. Thanks.

    JOE
    When you get it, Let me know what you think and after hearing your comments on the Reposado I may have to pick up a bottle of that.
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    Hss

    I havent had the Cielo anejo yet (it is on my list), but the HSS is one of my all-time favorite anejos. Not too many hold a candle to it IMHO. It's a bold claim to compare Cielo to HSS, but you never know.

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    Continuing my tequila explorations, I was about to buy 4 Copas Reposado or Anejo today and then thought, if I buy instead a Olmeca Tequila Gold (blue agave tequila) plus that Hirsch 16 I've had my eye on which the clerk says is the last one in Ontario, I can pay what the 4 Copas Anejo alone would cost me.

    So now I have in the bunker the Olmeca Gold and the Hirsch. Had a quick sip of the Hirsch and it tastes very nice.

    As for the Olmeca, it also is very good. On the nose there is black pepper and green herbs. The taste is slightly sweet (from the caramel or any barrel aging although reposing is not indicated on the label) with a spicy, slightly hot overlay and more of the herbs and pepper from the nose. Tasted side-by-side with Herradura Reposado, the latter takes the crown yet the Olmeca Gold is very nice too. Since Olmeca is $20 (CAN) less than the Herradura, that is a fair exchange. The Herradura has a beginning, middle and end, its pace could be likened to that of an experienced stage artist. The Olmeca Gold is more perhaps the excitable young rival, the performance comes out all of a piece but certainly makes a splash. Both are very valid and very drinkable on their own.

    Now I am wondering: how much better can 4 Copas Reposado (aged 6 months) or Anejo (aged 1 year) be than these primo tequilas?

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    Last edited by Gillman; 09-10-2006 at 12:51.

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    Had a quick sip of the Hirsch and it tastes very nice.
    Gary,

    That's the sort of thing I might have said in my younger days while trying to get a friend to agree to a date with my ugly cousin from out of town.

    I hope you will revive the BOTM thread for this bottling and give us your unvarnished (subliminal suggestion) opinion of it.

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    Dave, earlier I expressed reserves about the Foil, speaking relatively since I still felt it was very good. I was I think the first on the board to express that view but it tastes very nice now (I am having some in a Bulleit glass as I write).

    Maybe the first foil bottle I had was, atypically, lesser for some reason.

    Possibly my current view is influenced by the fact that current stocks are the last ever to exist.

    Or maybe the whiskey needed a year and some in the bottle to regain equilibrium after bottling from the stainless tank.

    Whatever the explanation, this last LCBO bottle is very nice: rich, sweet, oak-mantled but with the trademark spearmint and Pennsylvania forest/earth floor effect I've noticed even in 70's-era Michter's (which was 6 years old).

    Might you want to try it again? I used a dash of spring water which opened it up too I thought...

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    I'd like to add that if for whatever reason one encounters a whiskey which is not liked because too aged or dry (I have seen recent comments e.g., about Eagle Rare 17), blend it with a feisty young bourbon and you will have a fine drink. I like Eagle Rare 17 and the Hirsch, but if I was to blend them to advantage, I'd add them to any young bourbon that is inexpensive, say Old Crow, or Ancient Age, or Old Taylor, or Jim Beam rye. 3:1 should do it, young to the elder. But 2:1 might please some. This is better than leaving the older spirit to languish and may in fact make a better drink than some may view either on its own.

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    Might you want to try it again?
    Gary,

    Yes, I'll revisit it from time to time. I have a recently (BOTM time) opened bottle plus two more unopened that I found last week -- after I thought I'd dealt my entire supply. I am interpreting this chance event as a sign that my taste may change in the future.

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    Re: Cielo Tequila

    Cielo is very good. I have their reposado and enjoy it. My favorites are Don Julio 1942 ($100), Jose Cuerve Reserva de la Familia($75), Herradura Selection Supreme ($260 - to expensive) and my all time #1 is Don Fulano Imperial ($100). Another great find is Marquez de la Valencia($40). It is much like the Don Julio 1942 but less than 1/2 the price. Check these out if you haven't already.

 

 

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