Jump to content
Max Power

Tequila Forum

Recommended Posts

tanstaafl2   
tanstaafl2

As a whiskey drinker I tend to gravitate towards the anejo's and even extra anejo's although I do like ones that maintain at least some balance between the barrel and the natural agave character. I rarely use blanco even in tequila based cocktails. Even my preferred personal margarita uses a reposado!

 

Coming from the mezcal side I could see where you might be more inclined toward blanco and reposado tequila's, at least initially.

 

As noted above Max and others provided a lot of worthwhile information in this thread.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kpiz   
Kpiz
19 hours ago, Kane said:

Folks, I have a lot of experience with and a large collection of Mezcal, different agave varietals, producers... But I'm just beginning to explore tequila. I know, it is usually the other way around.

 

Keeping in mind that I am familiar with agave in general, could you please give me a few pointers to get me started? Specifically, I am looking at advanced-level drinks at this point, with the presumption that my mezcal background is sufficient to appreciate non-entry tequilas (I might be terribly wrong there!). But I am hesitant to go & randomly buy those fancy extra anejos, as everybody recommends starting out with younger spirits that retain the blue agave character.

 

Atm I have the Partida Reposado and Fortaleza Anejo in my bar. Took 2 pours from the former and enjoying its familiar agave taste combined with mild oak flavors. Aged agave spirits is relatively new to me, as most of the best mezcals around are unaged.

 

If you're more accustomed to non-oak-aged agave spirits, I recommend starting with blanco tequilas. I know you're looking for more "advanced" tequilas, but I caution you against equating advanced with being aged. In my opinion blancos can be every bit as challenging and interesting as reposados, anejos, etc. It's just a matter of personal preference.

 

It looks like you already have the Fortaleza Anejo. In my opinion the real star of Fortaleza's lineup is their blanco, so that's a good one to try if you haven't yet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kane   
Kane
11 hours ago, tanstaafl2 said:

Coming from the mezcal side I could see where you might be more inclined toward blanco and reposado tequila's, at least initially.

 

Second pour from the Fortaleza anejo tonight, and it still feels alien for sure. But that doesn't mean I am not enjoying it!

 

7 hours ago, Kpiz said:

In my opinion the real star of Fortaleza's lineup is their blanco, so that's a good one to try if you haven't yet.

 

I've lost count of how many times I got this recommendation in the past couple of weeks :) I will need to try that blanco asap.

 

Earlier today I sampled the Partida blanco and an Ocho blanco at a bar -- unfortunately didn't know about Ocho's vintage releases until now, so I'll need to go back and take a picture of the bottle at some point. Besides the obvious lack of smoke, I didn't find them *that* different from a decent mezcal to be honest. I'll keep exploring and collecting more data points, but at the moment I am more intrigued by the aged tequilas.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The Black Tot   
The Black Tot

My favorite is the T1 Estelar. I wasn't impressed with Fortaleza or Cuervo Res De Familia.

 

In fact, I find there to be a lot of noise in the high end tequila zone. Lots of "status bottles" that don't taste any better than well chosen $50 ones.

 

I used to be crazy about Riazul anejo and reposado (still love it). It's aged in cognac barrels and has a nice sweet taste that plays well with the agave character. Bought a boat load of it a while back so won't be needing any more for a very long time.

 

The Hornitos Black Barrel made some amazing Margaritas for my guests and I last summer.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
tanstaafl2   
tanstaafl2
Posted (edited)
10 hours ago, The Black Tot said:

My favorite is the T1 Estelar. I wasn't impressed with Fortaleza or Cuervo Res De Familia.

 

In fact, I find there to be a lot of noise in the high end tequila zone. Lots of "status bottles" that don't taste any better than well chosen $50 ones.

 

I used to be crazy about Riazul anejo and reposado (still love it). It's aged in cognac barrels and has a nice sweet taste that plays well with the agave character. Bought a boat load of it a while back so won't be needing any more for a very long time.

 

The Hornitos Black Barrel made some amazing Margaritas for my guests and I last summer.

 

Apparently I like Fortaleza a bit more than you (and also like Excellia with its Sauternes and Cognac cask influence) but I am a really big fan of the cognac finished El Tesoro Paradiso and tried their upcoming Anniversary bottle at Tales which I also liked. Fat chance it will show up in my area though.

 

A friend was just down in Guadalajara/Tequila on a Cuervo/Dobel sponsored boondoogle (I missed the trip because of a stupid work obligation. it is seriously interfering with my drinking time and I need to do something about that!) and spent some time in the Cuervo family cellars. The Reserva de Familia they release may not be all that but apparently they have a few aging in demijohns in the family cellars that are!

 

 

 

 

Edited by tanstaafl2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The Black Tot   
The Black Tot
Posted (edited)

The comments about the Fortaleza blanco being the star of the line up have raised my eyebrow (I usually start with anejos when I check out a brand). But these days there is a growing distance between raising my eyebrow and opening my wallet. I'll get there eventually.

 

And tell me about the work interference! - I haven't had a drink since July 30, and won't until September 5thish.

 

Yes I totally believe Cuervo is hiding some honey barrels down there. Still would love to do a trip down there myself, but I have a much longer list of wishes than I do pay stubs these days. The good news is that tequila will wait - there's nothing going extinct about it, fortunately.

Edited by The Black Tot

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
briankeith513   
briankeith513

For those who have tried Don Julio 1942, what tequilas if any, would you consider to be as smooth and flavorful as it?  DJ 1942 is like drinking water.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kane   
Kane
5 hours ago, DCFan said:

"Described as a blend of the oldest and rarest of tequilas hand-selected from Patron’s barrel aging room, it is aged for four years [...] "

 

Not a tequila expert, but I'm pretty sure older juice could be had for far less than that. But, of course, Patron.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
TexanBrad   
TexanBrad
For those who have tried Don Julio 1942, what tequilas if any, would you consider to be as smooth and flavorful as it?  DJ 1942 is like drinking water.


Don Julio 1942 is like drinking a vanilla cake drizzled with honey. Such delicious stuff.

Closest thing I could recommend would be Z tequilas Extra Anejo. Definitely less vanilla (because anything will have less vanilla), but still lots of delicious barrel influence in more of a caramel kinda way.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jawja Boy   
Jawja Boy

I read through the first 10 pages and decided to skip to the end.  I'll go back and read the rest later.

 

My beginnings with tequila was Cuervo Especial and Montezuma blanco.  I never knew how good REAL tequila could be until I cruised to Cozumel and they offered samples of dang near everything!  Wow!  What an eye opener!  Wound up bringing home Cazadores reposado and anejo, 100 Anos reposado, Sauza Hacienda Black Label  reposado, El Aguijon reposado, and Casa Noble reposado (anyone else notice a pattern?).  

 

The 100 Anos was very good to me and was 3 liters for $21!!  The Cazadores reposado, to me, was smoother than the anejo and had more agave flavor, it was quite good.  Sauza was bolder but still very smooth. Casa Noble and El Aguijon were excellent!  Really wish I could get the EA here in the states because it's one of the best I've had so far.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
briankeith513   
briankeith513
On 9/12/2017 at 8:45 AM, TexanBrad said:

Thanks


Don Julio 1942 is like drinking a vanilla cake drizzled with honey. Such delicious stuff.

Closest thing I could recommend would be Z tequilas Extra Anejo. Definitely less vanilla (because anything will have less vanilla), but still lots of delicious barrel influence in more of a caramel kinda way.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
OldFitzWithTheGoldLabel   
OldFitzWithTheGoldLabel

I was at a hipster Mexican restaurant, so I tried their Tequila-based Old Fashioned. It was A+!097556d225f0f25156918f8af91d3fd4.jpg

Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
tanstaafl2   
tanstaafl2
On 9/29/2017 at 7:41 PM, OldFitzWithTheGoldLabel said:

I was at a hipster Mexican restaurant, so I tried their Tequila-based Old Fashioned. It was A+!097556d225f0f25156918f8af91d3fd4.jpg

Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
 

Interesting. I was at that same hipster Mexican restaurant (which the website described as "Latin inspired cuisine" from  "Mexico, The Caribbean, Central and South America as well as the American Southwest" which is pretty broad I suppose!) and tried the same drink. I was less impressed as it seemed like they didn't put enough of the Hornito's tequila in it. But maybe I had a different bartender on a slow Sunday night? In any case I was a bit underwhelmed. Last night at Middle Fork was a little better though!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
OldFitzWithTheGoldLabel   
OldFitzWithTheGoldLabel
Interesting. I was at that same hipster Mexican restaurant (which the website described as "Latin inspired cuisine" from  "Mexico, The Caribbean, Central and South America as well as the American Southwest" which is pretty broad I suppose!) and tried the same drink. I was less impressed as it seemed like they didn't put enough of the Hornito's tequila in it. But maybe I had a different bartender on a slow Sunday night? In any case I was a bit underwhelmed. Last night at Middle Fork was a little better though!
What did you drink and eat at Middle Fork?

Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
tanstaafl2   
tanstaafl2

Yes, the drinks were very good and the bar was pretty extensive. The food was pretty good and certainly inventive if a bit pricey. Seems like a date kind of place with a lot of 2 seat tables. Only a few place could hold a bigger group. Not too crowded on a Monday but supposed to be  pretty busy Thursday-Saturday.

 

Dont want to slam the other place just on one visit. Just thought my cocktail could have been better but it was a Sunday so maybe not the usual crew at the bar.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Paddy   
Paddy

^^^Glad you enjoyed MF Bruce.  They really do have a very nicely stocked bar! 

 

That area has really become quite a hot-spot.  So much so, that parking is often a challenge!  :blink:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
tanstaafl2   
tanstaafl2
36 minutes ago, Paddy said:

^^^Glad you enjoyed MF Bruce.  They really do have a very nicely stocked bar! 

 

That area has really become quite a hot-spot.  So much so, that parking is often a challenge!  :blink:

Yeah, we want by Uber since we had been picking a couple of barrels earlier that day at BT so it seemed prudent. :D

 

Not bad on a Monday night but the driver said it was usually a zoo on the weekends. And apparently it wasn't that long ago that they paved the main lot. Before that it could apparently be even more of a mess!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


×