Date: 08-Jul-2005 23:31
Author: Hoke Harden Email
Subject: Hard to focus on just one for dual purposes, Robert
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I guess you could do something along the lines of a Sauza Hornitos if you wanted to sample/savor a shot or do a 'top-shelf' margarita.
I tend to use something like Hornitos for my margs, and reserve the really, really special stuff for my sippin' tequila.
With the up-front disclosure that my company, Brown-Forman, markets the Don Eduardo line of upscale tequila, you must undersstand that I'm in the wonderful position of wholeheartedly supporting that tequila as one of my favorites: not because its mine, but because I love drinking it.
I'm not too much of a Plato (Silver) guy, but I do love the Don Eduardo Plato. I usually drink the Reposado (light golden); that's my favorite. The Anejo is relatively new, so I haven't really delved into it seriously yet, and will withhold judgement pronunciamentos for now.
There was a marked shift in tequila a few years ago, when there was a shortage of supply against unexpectedly heavy demand (the agave cactus pina is harevestable about every seven years, I think it is). When that happened they had to, well, dilute the 100% agave tequila with lesser stuff. That shortage is pretty much over, but you still have to watch carefully, because what you want in a good tequila is the 100% agave. And you want it to clearly say say on the bottle.
That said, most tequilas at the middle to high end are actually pretty good. The only one I really can't stand, and this is strictly personal prefernce, is the Cuervo Anejo. It's waaaay to dominated by murky oak and vanilla flavors. Sorta the equivalent of a big, fat, overoaked CA super-chardonnay. :^)