I've discovered good tequila. Rather an odd declaration, wouldn't you say? Not so odd, in that until recently we U.S. Americans really have had little exposure to tequila beyond the over-marketed Jose Cuervo "Gold" Especial stuff. It could be argued that Cuervo Gold really isn't a true tequila- I'm told it's 51% tequila (enough to be able to use the name), and 49% cane sugar alcohol with a little caramel coloring to make it look like a good añejo tequila. No wonder it's what I call "headache juice!"
I know decent scotch whiskies, I know wine (well enough), etc. But I knew nothing of tequila. I figured there HAD to be a better quality variety than what we're used to. Sure, I knew of (and owned) Patron Silver, Sauza, and others, but they weren't that special. What really got me going was receiving a few good bottles at a birthday party. So I started looking in better Mexican restaurants. Sure enough, there IS a whole industry which makes a lot of spectacular tequilas. I've since spent a lot of time learning about and tasting many high-end offerings from many distilleries. One thing I didn't expect was that each tequila has a "personality" all its own. Some taste like you'd think a tequila would taste, some taste like scotch, cognac, etc. Many have flavors in them such as vanilla, fruit, etc. Less than two years into my journey I'd already decided that I prefer good tequila to good scotch. Who'd have thought? I chose a good time to get into tequila- While the industry has been around for many years, it's only now that it's really starting to boom.
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|Flavors Found in Tequila||Marketing & Volume vs. Quality||Caring for Tequila|
|How to Drink Tequila||What Do I Like?||Useful Tequila Links|
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