As I head up the twisty path they call “life” and maneuver myself towards those times some call the “golden years”, I have to stop and look around to make sure I am still on the right trail or at least headed in the right direction. At my age, the fog of war descends without warning and obscures my reality on ocassion. At least on a temporal level. Those other instances of delusional living, coexisting with the self induce dementia makes up the difference with what I consider important. I have found this mind frame much easier to contend with and have limited those “important” aspects of my life to family, friends………… and Tequila.
Taking into account that all my family and most of my friends live many miles away, I can honestly say that I miss them and will not use them to promote this particuliar post. So, that leaves me with the subject matter of Tequila.
Be it known that I have indulged whole heartedly in the search for the Tequila that promises to take me to a higher level of consciousness and though my first encounter with this mystic brew took me way beyond the higher level of consciousness, I persist. Unfortunately, in the end I am left with a shadowy recollection of the previous night’s accomplishments… but I am getting better.
I had a friend tell me once that cheap Tequila has a taste of diesel oil (duh!!!) and the only thing you accomplish drinking cheap Tequila is the loss of your pride (again…duh!!!). He went on to tell me that you can actually find very good tequilla but it will cost you roughly that of a car payment, so just drink beer. I continue my experimentation….
So, what is the top of the line Tequila? An excellent Tequila has its basis sugar the Blue Agave plant. One thing you want to look for on the bottle, is the statement “100% de agave“. ”Now, what is de agave”? you may ask. Agave tequilana, commonly called blue agave, tequila agave, mezcal or maguey is an agave plant that is an important economic product of Jalisco, Mexico, due to its role as the base ingredient of tequila, a popular distilled spirit. The high production of sugars—mostly in the form of fructose—in the core of this plant is the most important characteristic of the plant making it suitable for the preparation of alcoholic beverages. (thank you Wiki…)
There are four kinds of 100 percent blue agave tequila:
Blanco (Silver): Relatively unaged, as it’s made from alcohol fermented from sugars found in the blue agave plant, then distilled. Fruitier than the other kinds with “a bit of a bite.”
Reposado: Aged for more than two months but no longer than a year. Most common and cheap brands of tequila in Mexico are reposados. Much smoother than blancos.
Anejo: Must be aged for one to three years in small oak barrels, and as a result will take on the flavor of whatever was aged in the barrel (e.g. bourbon, whiskey or cognac barrels). More of a wood flavor.
Extra Anejo: Created in 2006, named for the rare tequilass that are aged for longer than three years. Much more of an intense, smooth flavor.
Under $20: El Jimador Blanco, Jose Cuervo Clasico Silver, Juarez Silver, Margaritaville White, Puerto Vallarta Blanco, Sauza Silver, Tarantula Plata.
$20.00 to $30.00 range: 1800 Select Silver, 1921 Tequila Blanco, Cazadores Blanco, Corazon Blanco, Corralejo Blanco, Dos Manos Blanco, Herradura Blanco, Milagro Silver, Sauza Tres Generaciones Plata, Siembra Azul Blanco
$40-50 Range: Copas Blanco7, Leguas Blanco, Cabo Wabo Blanco, Chinaco Blanco, Don Eduardo Silver, Don Fulano Suave, Don Julio Blanco, Dos Lunas Silver, Gran Centenario. Plata Herencia Mexicana, Oro Azul Blanco, Partido Blanco, Patron Silver, Tesoro Silver, Tezon Blanco. Trago Silver.
$60.00 and up Range: Comisario Blanco, El Conde Azul Blanco, Maracame Gran Platino, Milagro Romance.
and to go with your fog of war…..
The BEST Margarita recipe…
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