2019 slightly-less-popular-than-whisky Tequila thread and catch all for other spirits

So, following the model of the whisky thread, what is everyone enjoying right now?
I'm still on the search for a nice $32-$36 bottle of tequila. I used to like Conquistador, but it's not available at any of my stores now.
Right now I'm on
Corralejo Reposado
Casa Noble Reposado
Siete Leguas Reposado

I'm also nursing my way through a bottle of Lorenzo Inga Grappa di Barolo. I haven't found a stellar Grappa around here.

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I'm a fan of tequila that has not been aged. Good blanco tequila won't break the bank so I can afford more. I really want to try some Tapatio 110. I want to see if it is really as good as people say.

I want to try mezcal but I just don't know enough about it. I'm not in an area where is can get a variety to try.

For mezcal I would recommend going to bars and trying what they have, particularly if they have numerous types of mezcal. It can get pricey by the bottle, and I find with mezcal you need to tend to the heftier price tags for something really good. I've tried a few "cheap" bottles and have been disappointed every time.

For tequila, I usually do either Don Julio Silver or 1800 Silver. Enjoy both of those.

Always choose joy.

I recently picked up a bottle of Casamigos mezcal - its outside of the ~$35 price range, but I'm enjoying it.

Mezcal is my favorite!

The best go-to mezcal is Del Maguey Vida
Flavor is fantastic and wont break the bank at about $35.

Del Maguey has plenty more to try, I have a bottle of the Pechuga that I occasionally sip.

Other than that, I haven't found a mezcal I didn't like.
Its all smoky deliciousness, that I can savor like a bourbon. Usually neat in a snifter.

If you visit Charleston SC, Minero has a ton of them to try.

A friend brought over a handle of Kraken black spiced rum as an apartmentwarming gift. Any ideas? Not much of a rum guy.

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Get some Crabbie's ginger beer and make dark and stormies for days.

Co-sign on Dark and Stormy with Kraken. I'm not much of an experienced cocktail guy but I really liked the Dark and Stormy.

Kraken makes a great dark and stormy. Ginger beer and lime.

"I liked you guys a lot better when everybody told you you were terrible." -Justin Fuente

Kraken is my go-to for spiced rum now.

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Deleted. Didn't notice the "catch all for other spirits" part.

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

Back in 1987 my girlfriend was going to school at a college in Orange, CA. I lived in San Diego.
I did not own a car for another few years, until I was 28.

Driving my motorcycle from Orange, Ca to San Diego through the desert after midnight in December was decidedly cold as the temps in the desert would drop below 0C and part of I5 was right along the Pacific Ocean. Making this a cold and damp motorcycle ride that lasted over well over an hour at over 70 mph.
When I would arrive home I was normally chilled to the bone.
I found the best way to get comfortable was to get in a very hot shower and to down a couple of Bacardi Dark with a splash of Canada Dry ginger ale.
It is still a nostalgic drink for me.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

I am a fan of Uncle Val's botanical gin on the rocks. Or Broker's London Dry with a hint of Martini and Rossi Dry, shaken with a tipsy olive.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

I realize this is probably a "feel" thing or varies from person to person but if any of you guys have any homegrown rules for how much liquor to use in certain cocktails for maximum flavor I would love to hear them.

1. Pour liquor into container.

2. Wave closed bottle of mixer over container.

3. Drink.

Congratulations, you are now a graduate of my Sister-in-Law's School of Mixed Drinks Bartending.

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Sounds like Churchill's recipe for a martini.

"I liked you guys a lot better when everybody told you you were terrible." -Justin Fuente

I don't believe Churchill allowed vermouth to be in the same room as his martinis.

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I'm a big fan of, and in need of a new bottle of, Cazadores Blanco. I think Cazadores roughly translates to "hunters". It's good stuff.

Cazadores, Espolon, and Lunazul are all great tequilas. One of those three are a great cheap addition to any bar.

-Stick it in

My buddy brought a bottle of tequila over for new years (he's not a bourbon or scotch drinker.) Espolon Blanco was nice an smooth. I am definitely not a big tequila fan, but this stuff was pretty good.

Speaking of tequila, I want to share my absolute favorite way to do a tequila shot. Oddly enough, I learned this at the Irish pub where I was stationed in Germany. I haven't seen this anywhere else since. So, if you've heard about it, I want to know. I've had people that aren't crazy about tequila shots rave about it when I ask them to try it.

Instead of using salt and lime, try this... You won't be disappointed.

- Your favorite silver or blanco tequila
- Orange Slice
- Cinnamon

Sprinkle the cinnamon on the orange slice
Take the shot
Eat the orange slice

Profit!!!

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

Or do a stuntman. Shoot the tequila, snort the salt, and squeeze the lime in your eye.

You know, if you just really hate yourself.

Haven't snorted salt, but I routinely squeeze lime juice in my eyes whenever I get a margarita and try to squeeze the lime juice into it.

*Not because I hate myself, just because you can't aim that. (Insert NSFW analogy here.)

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

The worst part of it is snorting the salt. You're hocking up salty loogies for several hours. Your eye does a good job of cleaning the lime juice out.

I have this Star Trek Bourbon and Vodka that i am too afraid to open and taste because the bottles look really cool and I don't want to be disappointed in what I am sure is just ok liquor.

Now, Cole, when you shift the gear and that little needle on the tach goes into the red and reads 9000 RPMs, that's bad!

Who knows, it could be...out of this world.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

Well, it has been to space technically. So you know its good.

Now, Cole, when you shift the gear and that little needle on the tach goes into the red and reads 9000 RPMs, that's bad!

I found this tequila to be have a nice bit of caramel and a little spice from aging in American Oak: Corazon Anejo. Its easy to spot with the weird shaped bottle.

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

Aside from 1942 I don't know of any Tequilas that I really enjoy drinking... but I do enjoy some Mezcal...

I like the smokey mezcals but sometimes they can taste like burning tires. Sooo... in Mexico City at the mezcalerias they serve it with a plate of crusty salt, smokey red chili flakes (similar to chipotle) and orange slices... fantastic combo for sipping. I also really enjoy the mezcal sensation, different from other spirits I think.

The Del Maguey line is probably the most common in the US (Monte Alban is probably not something you want to try) and always a good starter. If you can find them I also enjoy the Fidencio mezcals.

As for Rum... Old Monk and Zacapa 23... hard to beat.

I had some banhez mezcal at a bar one time that was really good so I went and looked for some mezcal at the ABC. I ended up with Del Maguay crema de mezcal which was complete ass. I didn't read the label very well and didn't realize it's pretty much agave syrup and burning tires

That sucks... I try to stay away from the flavored (or sweetened) liquors too. I've enjoyed all the Del Maguey's I've had but never tried the crema. Sounds pretty bad. I do enjoy a good white russian though... wonder if it would be good with Mezcal instead of vodka.

I actually don't find the Monte Alban to be bad, and is an inexpensive intro into Mezcal. It is probably one of the most tame Mezcal I have had, which I think makes it more approachable and explains its availability.

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

I find that thanks to a taco and tequila bar here in Danville that I really enjoy tequila. I am really enjoying trying anejo tequilas because of the oak aged similarities to bourbon and whiskey. El Jimador is good midranged tequila that makes a blanco, reposado, and anejo. The blanco and anejo are very drinkable. I haven't tried the reposado yet.

Where is the taco/tequila bar?

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

Ron Abuelo 7 Anos is great. My old roommate used to bring it back for me on her trips to Panama, but now you can buy it in the US.

Does anyone have a blanco that is good for anything other than mixing? After learning about tequila, I have pretty much moved on to reposado, anejo, and mescal for drinking and blanco for folks that want margeritas

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I'm not a tequila expert...but I think you're on to something there. The Blanco is really just for mixing. No full flavor profile like the reposado and anejo.

JP

Patron, Herradura, Tequila el Conquistador (not to be confused with Conquistador, you want the company with the blown glass looking bottles). You definitely will have more stuff going on with the other types, but I can't complain about any of those I listed.

I'm a big fan of Ron Zacapa rum. I got to try it at a wedding in Guatemala and instantly got hooked.
Majority of time, the wife and I will do Tito's with a little cranberry and 7up. Dangerously smooth.

Little Bobby Tables told me my signature was false

Long been a fan of Cazadores Reposado, but over the past year, VTV8 turned me on to Espolon

Our tailgate downed a fifth of the Blanco while it rained toward the end of the ND tailgate. Good stuff.

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

About 10yrs ago life threw me an unexpected curveball and I was diagnosed with Celiac. My drinking has been forever changed. My reaction isn't that bad and I will occasionally enjoy a nice bourbon, but too much and I get pretty sick. My go to now is Tito's...... never was a vodka drinker until I had to be. Through research and a friend's suggestion I tried Tito's and have mixed it with just about everything imaginable..... but the best I've found is to squeeze some fresh fruit (oranges, lemons, limes) and top it off with something carbonated for the fizz.
I miss beer.
Ciders are ok, but one is enough due to sweetness.
Gluten free beers are over priced and mostly suck.

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