questionswho drinks tequila?

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I LOVE Patron. Definitely worth the cost IMO. I like the anejo but the silver is pretty good too. "That is good firewater" is what I say when I drink it.

Although, I haven't really tried many other expensive tequilas. I suppose I should... I'll have to check out the other brands you mention.

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Cuervo makes one tequila that is actually worth drinking. It's called Reserva de la Familia. Excellent tequila. Herradura Reposado and Don Julio Reposado are also good. Those are best on the rocks. For mixed drinks, I'm a fan of Sauza Hornitos. It has a sweetness that works well in a margarita. Patron is fine, if a bit bland.

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Thanks for the fast replies. I should have mentioned I usually drink tequila clean. I am not into the margaritas and I try not to drink anything over ice. I usually drink Don Julio Anejo which is very good for an average sipping tequila.

Patron isn't bad, it just has no aftertaste. I want a tequila that I can taste for a few minutes after I get it down. Patron doesn't last (at least not to me).

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I got to try KAH Day of the Dead Tequilla a while back and liked it better than Patron, which is saying something. 100% Agave and comes in several varieties blanco, Anejo, Reposado, and Extra Anejo.

It comes in a bottle that looks like a Sugar Skull and is priced about what most bottles of premium tequilla are ($35 - $70), so it is definitely worth a try.

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@coondogg97: Interesting! The lack of an aftertaste is the main reason I like Patron. I generally find the aftertaste of liquor to be unappealing (yet acceptable). I also find that, in general, the more expensive a liquor, the less of an aftertaste it has. But, I have an admittedly unsophisticated palette when it comes to such things so it may just be my imagination.

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for any tequila noobs out there, make sure you get 100% agave tequila. To be called "tequila" it only has to be 51% agave, like regular jose cuervo tequilas.

If you're going to be mixing your tequila into margaritas or something else, stick with silver tequilas, no sense wasting aged tequila when you're not even going to be getting the full taste of the alcohol.

Also, don't be afraid of mescal. Tequila is made from blue agave, in Jalisco state, while mescal is made from the hearts of other agave plants in other parts of mexico.

Finally, you can't go wrong with don julio. From what I understand, it's the favorite brand in Mexico.

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@rprebel: That Herradura Seleccion Suprema I mentioned earlier is the best tequila I have had to date. I will check out the Sauza next time I am entertaining and making margaritas.

@benyust2: Don't get me wrong, Patron isn't terrible by any means. I don't want to sound like a pompous tequila snob (or alcoholic). Patron is fantastic at marketing and that is why it is so easy to get when you're out at the bar.

@kamikazeken: Great points and thanks for the heads up about Mescal, I actually don't know much about Mescals. I will readup on them and try a few out.

@funkadelic78: I have seen those KAH skulls at the liquor store. I always figured if they need packaging like that the tequila must not be that great. But the bottle does look cool and I was looking for an excuse to pick one up. They do sell them around me so I will pick that up locally.

Once again thank you for the replies. I figured you guys would have some good insight on alcohol.

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@coondogg97: From one liquor snob to another, here's my recipe for the Perfect Margarita.

1.5 oz tequila
.75 oz Grand Marnier
.75 oz Cointreau
1 count simple syrup
3 count sweet and sour
1 count lime juice
1 count orange juice

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Once. About 20 years ago. Didn't taste the same coming back up.

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I have had my share of tequila back in the day. Neat? Not the next day. Good times.

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One Tequila
Two Tequila
Three Tequila
Floor

I don't drink any more but I still have the t-shirt :)

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@coondogg97: Clean? Not sure I've heard that one. Is that a new term for drinking it neat (i.e., no ice)? Certainly the way I prefer a good tequila!

I have a bottle of Agavero in my pantry that I'm chomping at the bit to drink. There are some tequilas out there that are like liquid candy on the tongue. This one isn't one, but it's not too far off.

I like Casadores, too, but you have to get it from Mexico. The stuff you buy in the States tastes terrible...

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Tequilla was on my banned liquor list for several years. Too many "unfortunate incidents" followed its consumption.

Now that I've gotten older and learned its ok to stop after one, I've moved it back to my safe list and have enjoyed some Patron on occasion.

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Have you tried Hotel California? In just bumped into it and it was surprisingly good!

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@funkadelic78: I tried the Kah Extra Anejo over the weekend...WOW!! SPICEY! Not bad, but a little too much spice for me. Still the best tequila I have had is the Herradura Seleccion Suprema.