By @Victor on 6th Feb 2021, show post
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@Victor Very true but guidance is always appreciated. My brother and sister-in-law recommended the Clase Azul and they both really like it. I find it a bit on the sweet side and a bit overpriced IMO. I'm looking for recommendations on Tequilas and Mezcals that are good but don't cost an arm and a leg.
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@TracerBullet intel is always useful, but in the end we are stuck/blessed with ourselves to make the decisions.
I've heard people go nuts over Clase Azul as long as I have been following tequila, which is about 12 years. I have never been particularly impressed by it. Yes, it is a good product, but I like MANY tequilas as much or more, including all of the El Jimador products, two of which you should be able to find in my county for under $ 20. (@TracerBullet lives 30 miles up the road from me)
My top "preiswert" tequila recommendations: 1) all the El Jimador products (he is the guy harvesting the agaves), 2) Corralejo Reposado excellent, inexpensive, and much preferred over their blancos and anejos, 3) 1800 Reposado (their anejo is rather tannic) 4) Tanteo Jalapeno Infused Blanco, a little pricier, = approx $ 45 but quite a showpiece once YOU adjust to its flamboyant nature. Surprisingly this one becomes a crowd pleaser
Other brands I like a lot are 1) Casa Noble, though sometimes they need a lot of air to completely blossom, 2) Don Julio, and 3) Chinaco, especially the anejo. Jose Cuervo Reserva de La Familia Extra-Anejo is excellent, but it is now rather tough to find at a good price. Avg world asking price for this as of today is $ 176.
This is not an exhaustive list. I could name others I like a lot. As for mezcal I've liked most of those I have tasted also, but rarely have I thought that I could not live without buying a bottle of any of them. My go to Mezcal is Del Maguey Chichicapa, but even that has shown batch variability (@numen got a bum bottle 10 years ago from which I have also tasted). Chichicapa avg world asking price as of today on wine-searcher.com is $ 75. I see that one place in NOLA has it for sale for $ 38. That would be a steal.
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@Victor Thank you for your recommendations. I will have to pick up a few and see what I think!
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@TracerBullet you are very welcome! I look forward to hearing of your experiences.
@TracerBullet - the next bottle of tequila I buy will most likely be that one. I saw a Rick Stein programme where he visited the distillery and it looked very authentic and traditional. Seems to get good reviews too.
@RianC I had read that it got great reviews and is pretty reasonably priced. @Victor is correct though, it really depends on what you think, not the reviewer. I still found the Fortaleza Reposado much more to my liking than the Clase Azul and some of the more 'common' tequilas I had tried. But I have not really tried too many so take that for what it is worth...
Is there any way to be certain that you will not be stuck buying a bottle that you do not like? No, there is no way but one to be certain in advance that you will like what is in any bottle. It happened to me with Lagavulin 16, Ardbeg Uigeadail (second bottle), Talisker 10, Highland Park 12 yo, Aberfeldy 12 yo, Buffalo Trace, Elijah Craig 12 yo, Knob Creek bourbon, Old Charter 8yo...The ONE way that you can be certain that you will like what is in the bottle, at least initially, is to taste from the bottle you are about to buy in advance of having made the decision to buy it. How often do you get that opportunity?
Otherwise we do the best we can. There is no substitute for getting the experience of tasting the products available. But, even with experience, the next bottle or batch can be different, and lesser, to our own tastes, than the one we already experienced and liked. We make our choices and choose our risks. For example, I know that having tasted @numen's subpar bottle of Del Maguey Chichicapa 10 years ago that I would still be willing to bet $ 80 on a new bottle of it today, when my current bottle is empty. There is ALWAYS some risk involved. I assert that those who claim otherwise are merely lacking in experience.
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