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  1. #11
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    I'll second (or third, or fourth) the recommendation for 100% agave. A mini of Cuervo Gold turned me off of tequila - until I came across a tasting of Distinguido at my nearby Binny's. It's available in blanco, reposado, and a˝ejo versions, all 100% agave, and all were out for tasting. A bottle of the reposado followed me home... it's very sippable neat, yet it's light enough to be good in a cocktail - which reminds me, I ought to mix a margarita or go fishing for tequila cocktail recipes on cocktaildb.com some time.
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    Cuervo Gold may not be 100% agave (actually I thought it was, but maybe not) but it has an excellent house flavor. I find it a bit sweet but sometimes sweetness is wanted, e.g., after dinner with coffee.

    Gary

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    Gold or "oro" tequilas can only be made in the mixto class. There are no 100% agave oros. Gold tequila is not aged. Its color comes from the addition of caramel. That is also where it gets its sweetness.

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    I saw today another Cuervo which said 100% agave on it. Red seal wax top, looked expensive but there was no price tag and I had to leave before I could ask. Something on it too about family reserve.

    I would think in the Cuervo line it's the raddest of the rad, fashizzle.

    Anyone try it?

    Gary
    Last edited by Gillman; 09-06-2006 at 13:37.

  5. #15
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    Jcrf

    Thats probably Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia. Did it come in a designer box? Each year they commemorate a mexican artist who designs the display box. It is in my top 5 of tequilas. It is WONDERFUL!
    Anywhere from $75-$110. An excellent "bargain" tequila is El Tesoro anejo. $33-$40ish.

    http://orig.app.com/goodlife/Fall200.../tequila2.html

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    Thanks, yes, it comes in a box and as you described. It was in a section of the store where the spirits are usually over $100. I'd guess (we could check at www.lcbo.com) it is going for about $150.00 (CAN).

    Gary

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    jcrf vintage

    Each year actually tastes a little different as well. I have had the 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006. Of those, the 2004 is my favorite thus far. They go back as far as 1995.

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    I tend to go for solid mid-shelfers for my tequila choices. If I bought in Ontario, and it's poor selection, I'd go for Herradurra Repo. Definatly worth the $55 cdn price tag.

    When family members go to PV, they do bring back bottles for me. Some favourites of mine are Gran Centenario Anjeo, Don Edwardo Reposado, 4 Copas Blanco. Still in my early discovery phase though.

    Must say I did like the Jose Cuervo de la Familia. Not at $190 cdn, but at $100 US from a duty-free it would be an easy purchase.

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    The other day, I went searching for tequila-based, non-Margarita cocktail recipes on CocktailDB. I ended up trying a couple of them:
    In both cases, I used Distinguido Reposado and Noilly Prat white vermouth. For the Eagle, I used Appleton Estate golden rum, while I used Cointreau in the Matador, instead of ordinary curašao.

    I found the Matador a lot more enjoyable than the Eagle. In the Eagle, the ingredients seemed to fight one another, with the vermouth winning. The Matador, on the other hand, was a very well-integrated drink.

    I later tried a "Jamaicanized" version of the Red Hook, substituting the Appleton Estate golden rum for rye whiskey. This seemed to have an intriguing, smoky edge to it that I don't find when I make it the normal way with rye - but I liked it a whole lot better than the Mexican Eagle.
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    An 'el cheap-o' that I think is good value for the money (think, Old Heaven Hill 10yo BIB):
    http://www.bevmo.com/productinfo.asp...3A99&area=club
    Tim

 

 

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