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Want to buy a bottle for myself to see if I have a taste for it.

NO SHOTS, mixing only.

If I can get a 375ml bottle fine but 750ml will be max.

Not cheap but not outrageous for price.  Let's say maybe $40 at high end.

Current go to's on my shelf if it helps

Oban

Gentleman Jack

Gibson's

Bacardi Oakheart

Tanqueray or Hendricks

Stoli or Ketel One

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As a tequila drinker, use whatever if mixing with cola or juice. If you were to drink straight forget shots and just pour a nice measure.

Blanco are clear with a harsher edge

Reposado are slightly pale and smooth

Anjo are darker and smoky.

 

Recommended to try at a bar first

Herradura ultra

Jose family reserve

But patrdon or don Julio are good mid price

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47 minutes ago, gadgets19 said:

Thanks.  Second guessing the need for a full bottle just in case I don't like it.  375ml will be max and maybe just a couple of 50ml to experiment.

 

don't forget the lime-wedge and salt ... Tequila is not a sipper like scotch or bourbon -

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On 9/4/2019 at 9:52 PM, Bezerker101 said:

it's an acquired taste, .. does not mix well with other booze

... Patron is the best imo -

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ill take a bottle of that with a side order of tacos

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8 minutes ago, -idyb- said:

i dont care if im chitting out fireballs. i wouldnt regret it

 

confuczerk say : you cannot regret what you cannot remember -

tequila is liquid quaaludes

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Tequila comes in a few different grades.  Gold is ****ty.  Gold only needs to be 51% agave and the rest can be a neutral spirit, dyed with caramel color to get the "gold" color.  Gold tequila is responsible for tequilas reputation for hangovers.   Do not drink this ever.  The oddest thing is that 90% if tequila sold and consumed is gold.  Imagine that.

 

Real tequila begins with "blanco" or "silver," depending on which language is being used.  It is 100% agave and it is not aged.  This is the one you should use for mixing most drinks.  If you really need to do a shot, chill it.  If you have never had a mixed drink with tequila, I am sure you will love a margarita, whether it's the bullchit variety or one made with premium ingredients.  A true margarita is blanco tequila, cointreau and lime juice; shaken and served over ice in a salt rimmed glass.  Margaritas are the most popular drink.  There can be a million variations, and almost half of them have the potential of being good.   Palomas are also great.  This is just blanco tequila with some lime juice and grapefruit soda (like squirt) served in a tall glass with ice.  Truly it is the only non-aromatic style ****tail made with tequila that doesn't taste like a margarita that's "off."   Silver tequila.

 

If you have a deeper understanding of ****tailing, you can be successful using the other grades of tequila bitters and with different aromatic liqueurs.  Try a negroni with tequila instead of gin.  It's alright.  It gives you an idea of what direction you could take tequila.  

 

Reposado is the next grade up, and it can be used in margaritas or ****tailing without much of an issue.    If you shoot it, chill it. 

 

Anejo comes next.  You can use this in a margarita, but it becomes a waste of money in my opinion. This is the tequila where chilling is no longer necessary.  And drink it...sip it.  It's good.

 

Extra Anejo.  They have some really good ones.  This is a good sipper.  The difference between a quality unaged tequila (blanco) and Extra Anejo is massive.  Chilling it is retarded.  Using it as the base liquor in a margarita is criminal.  Using it as the base liquor in a Paloma is a capital offense.   If you don't want to sip tequila, which is completely understandable, and you only shoot chilled tequila, just go with blanco.  

 

 

 

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On 9/4/2019 at 11:52 PM, Bezerker101 said:

it's an acquired taste, .. does not mix well with other booze

... Patron is the best imo -

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Tequila tastes like trash, and I don't like coffee either, but the coffee Patron is fiiiire.

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For a beginner safest bet is don julio or patrón reposado...añejos im not a huge fan but if willing to spend a little more and less actuall tequila taste thisis Fine. Reserva de la familia is average. Anejo is not good For mixing as in making a Margarita.

For intermediate tequila tasters try don julio blanco or patrón blanco.. very good and will give you best agave flavors..prob best formixing too...better than reposado.

 

For advanced try 7 leguas blanco if they sell it or maestro taquillero blanco or reposado.

 

Avoid herradura..seems like they are vanilla extract to their stuff and its over priced

 

Avoid cazadores...thats awful stuff including José Cuervo and sauza.

 

Avoid casaamigos its a scam 

 

There are many other decent ones just would need names of whats avalible to you.

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In my younger days, I looked at tequila as a liquid roofie (anesthesia) .. to gain access,

Many years ago I was in a tiddie bra, a dancer sat down next to me at the bar and asked

me to buy her a shot of Cuervo, .. 14 shots later she's still dancing and I'm staggering

drunk, unable to drive . The barmaid leaned over the bar and said "I should have warned you"

... she's not normal !

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So I found a 50ml Patron anejo in my bar.

Patron and Don Julio were $60 - $90 for a full bottle at liquor stores.  Too much for me.

I ended up with a 375ml Patron silver.  We shall see how it goes next weekend.

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3 hours ago, gadgets19 said:

So I found a 50ml Patron anejo in my bar.

Patron and Don Julio were $60 - $90 for a full bottle at liquor stores.  Too much for me.

I ended up with a 375ml Patron silver.  We shall see how it goes next weekend.

Don julio reposado 1 lt costs about 22 bucks here in costco in Mexico right now

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3 hours ago, VertFTW said:

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had casa noble reposado this weekend. Very good for a one off buy not a huge fan of tequilasthathaveoverpowering wood taste...got this on sale 25% off for 20 bucks 700ml...you guys are getting scammed in the US for the prices you pay.

Man, the Mexican guy drinks tequila. This is a major revelation.

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The original post specifically says that he wants a tequila for mixing.  This is a key point.

 

I first started tending bar in 2002.  I have been a bartender for 12 out of the last 17 years.   The last few years I have found that I can be more successful if I work for a few places, as opposed to putting all my eggs in one basket.  So I fix drinks at a Salsa Club on Thursdays and Saturdays.  I do weddings on Fridays and Sundays with a high-end special events company.  I do Reggae Wednesdays somewhere else, which I thoroughly hate and am looking to drop, but it's very busy.  Every night I work is a very, very busy night.  This is why I split my time between multiple places, so I don't ever work slow nights.

 

Every single night I serve hundreds of people.  I will have, at the very minimum, 20 people come to the bar without a clue what to drink and ask me to guide them through.  I learned a few years ago a really slick way to do this, and I am especially good at it because I can harness about a decade and half of experience, as opposed to just relying on a "trick."  I couldn't guess within the nearest thousand just how many people this year alone that I have helped guide towards a drink they have never had before, and it is exceedingly rare that they don't really, really like what I make.  

 

 

Tequila has a very distinctive flavor that comes through, and anything within the "sour" or "collins" profiles is going to taste like a version of a margarita, and a lot of them will be "off."  Am I saying that everything made with tequila tastes like a margarita?  To fully answer this would require a lot of complicated nonsense, so I will just say "they sort of do."  That's okay, though.  Margaritas are good.

 

I recommend a blanco tequila, but the question you really should be asking is "what drinks should I make with tequila?"  I recommend margaritas and palomas.

 

Margaritas:  A classic margarita (tequila, cointreau and fresh lime juice) is a very strong drink and it is delicious.  A Mexican restaurant grade margarita (tequila, triple sec, Rose's lime juice and sour mix) is also great, although to be perfectly honest, it is watered-down garbage.  But this is a world where we all enjoy breakfast cereal, McDonald's and viral internet videos. 

 

Now, assuming you want a real margarita, a classic margarita, you can switch around the grades of tequila (anejo in place of blanco,) you can switch around the sweetening agent (Grand Marnier or simple syrup or agave syrup or even honey ginger syrup in place of Cointreau,) and you can switch the sour agent (lemon juice in place of lime juice, but there will be very little difference.)  You can add "special flavoring agents."  That could mean anything from muddling some berries to adding some thinly sliced fresh jalapeno before shaking for a "spicy" margarita.  Maybe a teaspoon or so of some raspberry puree or peach puree. Fresh Basil?  Hell, yeah!  Really, the possibilities are limited mostly by your imagination.  

 

 Paloma: Palomas are good.  They are sort of like the anti-margarita.  It's like one of the few drinks you can make with tequila that doesn't end up tasting like a margarita.  Tequila, fresh lime juice and squirt (or any sort of grapefruit soda) in a tall glass.  It's not meant to be an overly strong drink.  You can class it up with Bundaberg grapefruit soda.  You can go even better with not-from-concentrate ruby red grapefruit juice and a shot of soda water.  Or go REALLY big and grape a grapefruit and squeeze it by hand on the spot, along with the lime juice and tequila.  THAT IS AN AMAZING DRINK!

 

 

The aromatic-style ****tails are more complicated and require a practiced palate, so I won't bother. I have made some damn good ones, though.  Other than a paloma, I have not tasted a collins style margarita that was worthwhile, so you don't need to rush into that waste of time.  

 

 

 

TLDR version.  Blanco tequila, any brand.  The subtleties between brands are undetectable in a ****tail.  Make margaritas and palomas.   After you get hooked, try sipping on an Extra Anejo, maybe the affordable but excellent El Mayor, or really anything.  Don't drink gold tequila ever.  I will fight you if you drink a frozen strawberry margarita.  I will literally fight you.

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Margaritas are considered a girl's drink, Margarita Night is Ladies Night - could you imagine John Wayne swaggering up to the bar- " Sam, gimme a Margarita"

...  I don't even want to think about what Lee Marvin would do if u offered him a Margarita !

 

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19 minutes ago, Bezerker101 said:

Margaritas are considered a girl's drink, Margarita Night is Ladies Night - could you imagine John Wayne swaggering up to the bar- " Sam, gimme a Margarita"

...  I don't even want to think about what Lee Marvin would do if u offered him a Margarita !

 

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 I guess it's okay if you think that.  It doesn't make it right.   You know Ernest Hemingway's favorite drink was a dacquiri, right?    There's nothing girly about liking a drink that tastes good.  

 

 I swear to God I'm not trying to bash you or be a jerk, but I'd like to give you a little bit of perspective. 

 

I  don't believe  what someone drinks or drinking in general makes anyone manly.  I've seen a lot of people that couldn't benchpress half their body weight that insist on scotch or bourbon neat,   Which is fine,  but when the order it they  tend to imply how manly they are, and usually will go on about how if anyone adds ice, they're "ruining it,"  and aren't manly enough.  This  commentary is never solicited, by the way.  All this will be directed at me as they place their order, a man who has poured every scotch and every whiskey they've ever heard of.  I'm often twice the size of the idiot making the commentary.    And I love eggnog and **** like that.  I'm not going to challenge them because I want to keep my job and also I'm a tipped employee, but I am never impressed by what they say.  

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17 minutes ago, Megasoup said:

 I guess it's okay if you think that.  It doesn't make it right.   You know Ernest Hemingway's favorite drink was a dacquiri, right?    There's nothing girly about liking a drink that tastes good.  

 

 I swear to God I'm not trying to bash you or be a jerk, but I'd like to give you a little bit of perspective. 

 

I  don't believe  what someone drinks or drinking in general makes anyone manly.  I've seen a lot of people that couldn't benchpress half their body weight that insist on scotch or bourbon neat,   Which is fine,  but when the order it they  tend to imply how manly they are, and usually will go on about how if anyone adds ice, they're "ruining it,"  and aren't manly enough.  This  commentary is never solicited, by the way.  All this will be directed at me as they place their order, a man who has poured every scotch and every whiskey they've ever heard of.  I'm often twice the size of the idiot making the commentary.    And I love eggnog and **** like that.  I'm not going to challenge them because I want to keep my job and also I'm a tipped employee, but I am never impressed by what they say.  

 

Men drinking alcohol with fruit in a mixed drink (and maybe w/ parasol to boot) has caused more unbridled violence in bars between men

than lady-boys in the girls room .

... and salting the rim of stemware is twitchy to say the least ( don't u luv it when they insist on sea-salt) -

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