So the other day, I decided to clean out the kitchen cabinet that is over the sink. I knew I had SOME tequila in there, but I had NO IDEA how much!
Ok, so I like a little tequila now and then. I used to only drink margueritas, on the rocks, with salt. But then, I met my friend KJ, and I learned to like shots. With a slice of lime and a lick of salt. And now sometimes I drink a shot or two with a gluten free beer.
For a good many years, the only tequila I bought and drank was Jose Cuervo Gold. I bought it because it was inexpensive, and because I never knew there was such a difference in the taste of different brands of tequila. Then, in 2007, when we were working in Gettysburg, our neighbor and fellow workamper, Linda, introduced me to Herra Durra. This tequila was smooth, and had such a wonderful taste, that I have never bought another bottle of Jose Cuervo Gold. Yes, folks, cheap is not good, it is just cheap.
Herra Durra Reposado is not cheap. As a matter of fact, I paid $52.98 for a 750 ml. bottle of it. It does last me a long long time–I bought this bottle in June and I still have half of it left, even after sharing a few shots with friends.
When I was out of Herra Durra, and couldn’t find it in the liquor stores in Flagstaff last year, I bought a bottle of Corzo Tequila Reposado, on the recommendation of the clerk in the store. It too was smooth and tasty, but I still give Herra Durra my vote for #1 in the tequila world.
This bottle of Corzo cost $46.80 for a 750 ml bottle. While it does come in second for me, I will still buy it and enjoy it.
When we were in Flagstaff in April, I was again looking for Herra Durra, and when I couldn’t find it, I bought this bottle of 1800 Silver Tequila Reserva. It has a pretty good flavor, and while not as smooth as Herra Durra or Corzo, it will do in a pinch. It would probably be better made into a marguerita than served up as shots.
This one is ok for shots. Out of the four bottles of tequila I have in my house, it is the only silver one. The rest are gold. I can’t detect much difference in the taste of it–the smoothness is where the big difference is. I would buy this one again, if I couldn’t find Herra Durra or Corzo in the stores. $32.60 for a 750 ml bottle.
Last of all, I have this bottle of Jose Curevo Tradicional Tequila Reposado. I bought it because I was still looking for Herra Durra, and I recognized the name. It is not much better than what I remember Jose Cuervo Gold, my old friend from the past. Next time I’ll leave it in the store. This is the one that FabGrandpa says, “Don’t get that bottle out til everyone is already drunk. They won’t know the difference by then.”
Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado. $26.00 for a 750 ml bottle. Leave it there.
I had one other bottle in the house, IXA Silver. I couldn’t drink it. I gave the entire bottle away, so I have no picture of it. While it was organic, and made with 100% agave, I didn’t like it at all.
So there you have it, my obsession. Tequila. What is YOUR favorite tequila? And what is your favorite way to drink it?