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best quality tequila for mixing

I haven't been crazy about most anejos I have tried, as the wood can very easily overwhelm the delicate taste of the agave. Some inexpensive ones also seem to be sweetened and perhaps have some added oak essence, having an artificial taste. There are a few that are very well done, but unfortunately most are very expensive (over $50, many $70+), or not widely available.

The older Gran centenario anejo with the green label was very good, but it cost around $50. I was lucky enough to get a couple bottles at the newer price of $30. Don Pilar is under $40 but afaik only available in California. Buscadores was excellent, and not very pricey but was discontinued a couple years back.

Sep 12, 2014
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best quality tequila for mixing

My favorite two bargain brands are El Ultimo agave and the Kirkland brand from Costco.

The El Ultimo is a somewhat better tequila, but Costco is hands-down the best value you will ever find - and I've bought nearly every inexpensive 100% agave Tequila available in the US. Both are very good mixers, with a fairly aggressive agave presence. At $20 for a 1.75 ltr bottle, the Kirkland blanco is priced the same as bottom shelf rotgut mixtos and IMO holds up well against ANY sub-$20/750 ml Tequila.

All three age statements of either brand can be sipped without embarrassment, and the Kirkland Anejo is actually quite good. I tried it against the next-cheapest anejo I have - $26 El Jimador - and IMO it was not even close, the El Jimador tasted bland and lifeless next to it.

Here in NC 1800 is hardly an inexpensive Tequila at $30 for a 750. I have tried it in mini bottles and though there was nothing objectionable about it, it didn't have much agave taste and IMO would get lost in mixed drinks.

Sep 12, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

best quality tequila for mixing

Actually, a lot of people quite like Espolon for sipping. It's not one of my favorites because I prefer something with a little more agave-forward profile, but I would say it is at least as good as Patron at half the price (NC prices, varies elsewhere).

Sep 11, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Kalani coconut liqueur

My bottle doesn't say anything about mashed coconut pulp, it just says "made with real coconut", and it is clear. The bottle is glass covered with a white plastic film. ( A google search also shows it available in a clear bottle. )

Sep 04, 2014
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Is burnt rubber taste normal for Barbancourt 5 star?

The El Dorado is a very good rum, but highly sweetened with 31 g/ltr of added sugar. I feel that the robust flavor of the rums holds up to the added sugar better than some others I have tried, but my opinion of the EDs dropped after I found this out. The 12 and 15 year had been my 2 favorite rums.

Barbancourt and the AoC Rhums are pure and unadulterated.

Sep 02, 2014
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Bacardi makes unprecedented move into single malt Scotch whisky

Thank goodness they haven't bought any brands I like - heck, two of them I've never even heard of (Brackla, Aultmore).

Sep 02, 2014
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Are there brandies/cognacs/armagnacs as good as French ones made elsewhere?

I had heard that E+J XO was a decent bargain brandy several years ago, but has gone downhill more recently. I bought a bottle a couple years ago and it was pretty bad - I wouldn't say it was reminiscent of ammonia, but it tasted like a really cheap rum.

Aug 15, 2014
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What are some good higher proof bourbons that aren't expensive, like Evan Williams?

The Sazerac 18 yr old is 80 proof, and it is nearly impossible to find.

You are thinking of the Thomas Handy Sazerac which is the barrel proof version of the Sazerac 6 yr (around 130 proof) - and not much easier to find.

Aug 13, 2014
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WHICH ANEJO TEQUILA IS BEST FOR SIPPING?

One thing that is important with many spirits, and in my experience quite important with tequila (probably because it is a subtly flavored liquor) is to let the bottle air for a week or two before passing judgment. The flavors will mellow and some harshness with subside that is present with a freshly opened bottle.

Aug 10, 2014
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Call it something else, but please don't call it a margarita.

Not sure if you are joking (I think you are) because I am not at home and don't have my bottle of 15 yr with me, but I only see it referred to online as "Estate reserve".

I have a bottle of the 3* / 5 yr at home but have yet to open it.

Aug 06, 2014
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Are there brandies/cognacs/armagnacs as good as French ones made elsewhere?

I think Masson Grande Amber VSOP is as good if not better than the basic offerings from Hennessey and Courvoisier, at about 1/3 the price.

Aug 06, 2014
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Call it something else, but please don't call it a margarita.

Actually it's 5* / 8 year.

Aug 06, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Call it something else, but please don't call it a margarita.

(misplaced post - moderator please delete.)

Aug 06, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

The Glenlivet is ‘closing the gap’ on Glenfiddich

I have only had Glenfiddich 12 once - a 375 ml bottle I bought several years ago - and I didn't like it much at all, in fact it delayed my start in single malts (via Highland park 12) by a couple years. I don't find Glenlivet 12 all that interesting, but I don't find it bad in any way. On the other hand, my tastes do tend toward the peat monsters, so I don't know how much my opinion would matter here.

Jul 31, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

what type of tequila is best for mixing with non alcoholic margerita mix's

IMO nothing beats Costco's Kirkland brand blanco for mixing at around $20 for a 1.75 ltr. They also have recently started selling a repo for $15 a ltr which I bought but haven't opened yet. I do quite like the anejo for $20/ltr.

Jul 15, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

what type of tequila is best for mixing with non alcoholic margerita mix's

JMF - at least the original Patron is still available as Siete Leguas - and usually is cheaper than Patron.

I think the DeKuyper O3 is quite decent - have you had it? Quite similar to Cointreau at half the price.

Jul 12, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

What to do with Gosling's 151 Rum?

I finally got around to trying the Saranac ginger beer, and though it was pleasant enough it didn't have much bite at all. I thought it tasted more like a good ginger ale.

Jul 12, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Corzo Anejo - Yea or Nay?

Never had it but here are some reviews, and 91/100 is very good here.

http://www.tequila.net/tequila-review...

Jul 09, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Tequila

Where are you? Your selection will be 10x better in California than say in NC.

Jun 25, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Alcohol-related: alcohol-dtecting laser developed; no need to pull over drivers....

i doubt it would work on a convertible ;-)

Jun 06, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits
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Need Help Figuring Out What This Liquor Bottle Is?

And so does google image LOL - although I recognized the bottle, I tried to search it just for fun, and it returned toilets.

Jun 05, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

what do you mix hennesey with?

Dan - I tried to make a Vieux Carre tonight - then I realized that my Drambuie (which I use as a sub for Benedictine) is at my girlfriend's house.

I tried using splashes of Scotch, St Elizabeth and Krupnik - and ended up adding a splash of simple syrup - and it ended up drinkable and interesting, though probably not exactly a Vieux Carre.

Jun 03, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

What Craft Spirits Have Disappointed You?

Hitime wine has a good price on Bluecoat, $18 - and flat rate $9.99 shipping for up to 12 bottles to California.

Jun 02, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Need Help Figuring Out What This Liquor Bottle Is?

Qream.

May 30, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits
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What Craft Spirits Have Disappointed You?

I have had Stranahan's a couple times, and though I don't know if I would say I liked it better than similar established single malts, it was unique and good enough to be worth getting.

May 28, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Rum cream, where can I find it?

I have never had Wray and Nephew's, but have heard it is very good.

El Dorado's Rum Cream is quite decent.

May 28, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Dark and Stormy - Ginger Beer Challenge

I just got a 6 pack of the saranac, to be honest it tastes more to me like ginger ale than beer, with very little bite at all.

I find it odd that so many people like fever tree and not Reed's, because I found them to be the most similar of the ones I have tried, with a lot of spicy ginger taste and heat.

May 28, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Ginger and Coffee

I much prefer Trader Vic's Kona Coffee Liqueur to Kahlua, I find it to have a much more authentic coffee taste. It costs about the same or less than kahlua, at around $15-17 for a 750 ml.

May 24, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Costco Liquor Store- what to buy?

Actually, the Blanco is around $20 for a 1.75 ltr, and at that price is an amazing deal and a very good mixer, with a fairly aggressive agave profile. It isn't even a bad sipper, though pretty basic.

May 23, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Dark and Stormy - Ginger Beer Challenge

Oops so you did say that, d'oh. I have been following this thread all along but hadn't reread the original post in a while.

May 22, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits