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Discovering Tequila & I Like It!

Espolon is supposed to be really good too, I'm going to try some of it too. Maybe some of the high-end blancos are good sippers but so far, my preference is the Reposados are much better sippers & the blancos would seem to work better in cocktails because of their bite.

I almost got the Espolon but my friend told me to try the El Caballo Estrella & so I got it for the same price as Espolon & it's AMAZING for the money.

Feb 27, 2015
robky in Spirits

Discovering Tequila & I Like It!

I recently found a bottle of El Caballo Estrella, not sure who it's made by but someone told me a lot of the Mexican/American community like to drink it especially in Texas. I bought a bottle of the Reposado, & it's literally the most delicious spirit I've ever tasted. Every other liquor has always made me make a grimace face when I tried to drink them neat, even good bourbons did it.

I definitely think for me, that Blancos are better in a cocktail than sipped neat, they are a bit too strong. The El Caballo Estrella Reposado is superb as a sipper, very sweet, mild, hardly any bite. But still tastes like tequila. Really good stuff. Must be a new brand because I can hardly find anything about it online.

I think Reposados are going to be my new favorite sippers. Best of all the El Caballo Estrella only cost about 20 bucks, I was thinking it would be palatable but it's superb. I'm going to try some El Jimador or Cazadores Reposado next, & then work up to the Herradura & Don Julios eventually.

Feb 27, 2015
robky in Spirits

Discovering Tequila & I Like It!

I've never been a big drinker, never drink to get drunk more to just unwind but I've not been able to find a spirit that I actually like. I hate gin, vodka is so-so at best, bourbon/whiskey I like in cocktails but nothing to write home about. But I've finally found something I like! I've found it now..tequila! I've had tequila cocktails way back of course, but I'm now discovering what an amazing spirit this is on it's own.

I'm a total novice, but I do know to stay away from mixtos, or anything that is not 100% blue agave.

I got some Camerena Silver, for about 20 dollars, & it's actually quite good. I didn't know anything about tequila to me it's always been mysterious but I do know I really like the taste of it neat.

I saw some guy review some online and he recommended Camerena for a good inexpensive starter, and so I gambled on the silver. Pretty glad I did, it's clean tasting, great smell, a slight burn but overall a good sipper. I don't think the bottle will last long.

I'm looking forward to trying Reposados or Anejos down the road to see which style I like best. I tend to like a refreshing clean drink, so maybe the blancos are best for me.

What are some other good affordable 100% agaves I might try? Really liking the Camerena, it tastes good, wish the burn was a bit less but that's my only complaint with it. Thanks for any input/suggestions!

Feb 25, 2015
robky in Spirits

Favorite Vodkas, New Favorite

I'm a vodka fan, enjoy my vodka after or with a meal or appetizers. None of the flavored stuff, only the traditional unflavored for me. Vodka is like any spirit in my opinion some are grossly overrated and some are hidden gems. It's my personal favorite of the spirits because it never gives me a hangover, and if you drink it properly it won't make you hammered. If you're drinking vodka to get drunk, you're doing it wrong. It should be consumed with food this is how Russians and Poles drink it. Personally I prefer it chilled in shots over cocktails any day. Also you can pick up the nuances better. I know some don't like it but I do. In my experience there are the more gritty, hotter vodkas, and the sweeter ones. Personally I go for the grittier ones I don't like the sweet ones they smell & just taste bad to me. But to each their own.

As for brands, the one I like best is Sobieski, many don't know of it but it's a Polish rye vodka that's incredibly good. It's smooth, yet still has a bite and character. And none of that sickly sweetness some vodkas have, which I hate. Sobieski is amazing. I like it in shots chilled with or after meals. It's only priced at around 12 dollars too, which is an amazing deal. I've tried it in cocktails and it holds up there very well too. But it's best neat.

I also like Stolichnaya, it's a good gritty vodka with a kick to it, but very different from Sobieski. It's not sweet at all to me, it has an industrial taste which isn't bad. But with Stoli I've found one has to be careful it can cause pretty bad hangovers if not careful. Not sure why. Stoli I think is also best neat if served ice cold/chilled. In cocktails it can really sneak up.

Grey Goose I find to be overpriced and very overrated. It stung way too much. Absolut I hate, and Smirnoff strangely I don't like the regular 80 proof at all but I do like the 100 proof blue bottle Smirnoff. Not sure why that is.

But definitely anyone who likes vodka and drinking it the traditional way should try Sobieski it's a great value and very good product.

Feb 16, 2015
robky in Spirits

How To Store/Serve Vodka for drinking neat/with food?

I'd keep it in the freezer but I have roomates and they always try & drink my liquor so I just keep my vodka in my liquor cabinet & drink it when I want. I think the key is a good vodka & it won't matter. I'd never even attempt drinking Stoli or Absolut or Smirnoff neat.

Jun 07, 2014
robky in Spirits

How To Store/Serve Vodka for drinking neat/with food?

Vodka is my favorite spirit & for years I've drunk it in cocktails or on the rocks but now I've discovered how good it is clean & neat shooting with appetizers like pickles and salmon. Actually I'm at the point now where I prefer it neat to in cocktails. My question is this..I usually keep it in my liquor cabinet & then when I shoot it with appetizers or meals I use either a chilled glass or non chilled. The vodka I drink is Sobieski, in my opinion the best out there for value & taste I've tried. It's very clean, crisp, & non-medicinal. And amazing bargain. I won't drink any other kind. I keep it in my cabinet at room temperature and then shoot it with appetizers or meals either in chilled glass or non chilled is this ok? How do the Poles & Russians drink it. Thanks, & I highly recommend anyone who loves vodka to try Sobieski. The worst I've had is Stoli it's nasty & undrinkable neat. Thanks for an input.

Jun 07, 2014
robky in Spirits

What does 1.75 liter bottle of Markers Mark cost in your City/State

Wow some of those prices are STEEP! I live in Kentucky, the bourbon capital of the world, and I usually pay about $23.00 for 750ml, and about $35 or so for 1L. Of course, it's more expensive if you buy from Liquor stores, rather than discount outlets or drug stores.

Jun 18, 2012
robky in Spirits

Bourbon with high rye content?

Personally, I am not much on rye-heavy bourbons, but if you like them, I would defintately go with Bulleit bourbon. I tried a bottle once, and I can vouch that it is VERY spicy, dry, and rye-heavy. I thought Bulleit had an even heavier rye profile than even Wild Turkey, which is famous for its rye-heaviness. A buddy of mine likes rye heavy bourbons, and he swears by Wild Turkey 101 rye. Cheers.

Jun 18, 2012
robky in Spirits

I've got a 2-liter limit. Which bourbon(s) would YOU bring?

Maker's Mark is my go-to bourbon, it's amazing for sipping neat, and I only like my bourbon neat. Next to that would be Knob Creek, it really is amazing stuff, and very drinkable for 100 proof. The Wild Turkey products seem to be a bit spicy for my taste, but to each their own. Bulleit was extremely dry and spicy when I tried it, but some may like their bourbons spicier and dry neat, which is fine. I do think a bourbon like Bulleit would make an excellent cocktail, balancing it out. I have never tried Woodford Reserve, but I have a hunch I would like it since I like Makers so much. Cheers!

Jun 18, 2012
robky in Spirits

What bourbon are you drinking these days?

I am born and raised in Kentucky and I like my bourbon. I personally like sipping my bourbon neat, rather than in cocktails. So that probably influences my choices.Call me a snob, but I don't like my bourbons lower than 90 proof. I have tried pretty much every bourbon there is, but there are a few which I always keep coming back to. First, my go-to bourbon is Maker's Mark. I find that it is smooth yet still strong. At 90 proof, it is a good staple bourbon. I don't tend to get hangovers with it either. I always have a bottle of Makers handy! I like Knob Creek too, but not as much as Makers. It gets a bad rap in some areas, but Wild Turkey 101 is really a great bourbon too. It is quite complex, and very rye-heavy. I don't even like rye-heavy bourbons, but Wild Turkey 101 is an exception. It tastes of oak, charred wood, burnt sugar, and has a wonderful long burn to it that lingers. It wouldn't be my go-to bourbon, but Wild Turkey 101 is underrated and an excellent product. Master Distiller Jimmy Russell has been making Wild Turkey the same for over 50 years. I love some Wild Turkey in the winter. One bourbon that I can't stand is Bulleit. It's very rye-heavy, but it just tasted like medicine to me. No real complexity that I could pick up. The best bourbon I have tried lately is Bookers, by Jim Beam, at a whopping 120-plus proof, right out of the barrel, no watering down! It is so smooth for such a high proof bourbon. Dangerously good. But not for everyday use! My everyday bourbon will remain Makers Mark, it's just my favorite of all.

Jun 13, 2012
robky in Spirits

What's a good quality yet affordable vodka?

I've been a bourbon drinker for as long as I can remember, and I still like my bourbon, but I started drinking vodka cocktails when I would go out with friends and stuff. I never liked the taste of straight vodka, but I enjoy it in a nice cocktail, like a screwdriver or with clear soda. So what is a good smooth vodka for mixing a nice drink or for even trying straight? I have tried Stoli before, and it tasted bad, and Smirnoff tasted bad too. I have heard that good vodka should have no taste at all. I have heard that good vodka should not have any bad taste or odor at all. Is potato or grain vodka better? I want one that is tasteless, odorless, and good for mixing. But not one that is too expensive. Ketel One? Finnladia? Chopin? Absolut? Is Russian vodka best? Also, is higher proof vodka better than 80 proof? I know these questions are somewhat subjective, but would like some suggestions, thanks!

Jun 13, 2012
robky in Spirits