Musings Buying Guide

Patron Vs. Patron

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I acci­den­tally tasted Patron against itself.

I was drink­ing a Patron Anejo, great in a way a func­tional way, decent, reli­able, hits the right spots and it’s no clunker — but it’s not the sun shin­ning on the ocean either. I had a Patron Reposado next to it and acci­den­tally grabbed it — and I was very surprised.

A sur­real change, what just hap­pened? This is fan­tas­tic! It was like I had just poured a tequila ver­sion of Dr Pepper over ice and slugged it, this is a good thing if you aren’t a Dr Pepper fan.

The taste dif­fer­ence was fire­works, so after a dizzy­ing wow moment I looked at the bot­tles and fig­ured out that Patron makes a pass­able Anejo, but their Reposado kicks ass. This was strange enough that I am going to have to buy another Patron Reposado and ver­ify this, an unex­pected Sunday night treat.

I may need to update my tequila buy­ing guide after I ver­ify this.

Cazadores blew their top

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I’m sad to report the demise of the awe­some Cazadores top. I noted it quite a while ago but held out hope it was a tem­po­rary thing. At this point I think I can declare it offi­cially dead. The new top is smaller, effem­i­nate, and boring.

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The new cap above. The old, awe­some, cow­boy tequila cap below.

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You can barely hold on to this new cap, it’s silly. So much for a sad­dle bag bot­tle of tequila. Undoubtably the new cap shaves a cou­ple of cents off the pro­duc­tion or comes from some large, uni­ver­sal pro­duc­tion line, either way sav­ing a few bucks for style. I under­stand fis­cal respon­si­bil­ity but this is a bot­tle of tequila, style and spirit should hold the reins.

Oh well. Change in the greater sense is usu­ally good. I can’t fault peo­ple for try­ing some­thing new. But I have to give a big “mehh” to this wimpy cap.

Plutonium is vegan friendly

Not exactly a Tequila entry, but fitting.

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Good stuff! Anyone will­ing to throw a nuclear explo­sion on their label is clearly — “Winning”.

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Great, great label, what a crack up.

Found all these at the Atomic Museum in Albuquerque, stopped by on my way to see my brother who was on leave from Afghanistan.

901

After an offi­cially bad day, I grabbed a tequila I have been try­ing out — 901 — and a pack of cigarettes.

Actually, I ran three miles first, then grabbed the tequila and cig­a­rettes. Does that sound wrong? If it does — to quote a great line — You have been poi­soned by fairy tales.

When I drink 901 I feel green, not green as in money, green like late spring, when the cold is just end­ing and heat is burn­ing the last of win­ter out of your blood­stream in a big ah ha. Green like it’s time to bar­be­cue and think about camp­ing and think about that time when you did and the water tasted great and it was a lit­tle cold at night but it just made the fire feel as nat­ural as the stars and dark­ness in the woods and that bit of tequila that was a secret between you and the embers danc­ing on the edge of the wood, moon and stars.

901 was not an “aged” tequila, it was not a late sum­mer after­noon, it was not a deep look at the light and life fly­ing past your eyes, but it is an intense look at green grass that just bulked into a promise of heat and sun after the win­ter long.

A brief Vodka tour

Cranberry Juice and Vodka has become a tra­di­tional hol­i­day drink for me. Especially after last thanks­giv­ing when a doc­tor “rec­om­mended” vodka to go with my bro­ken toe. Tried sev­eral vod­kas this fall and my three favorites are Reyka, Russian Standard, and Pearl.

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Reyka is a great Icelandic vodka, take a close look at the design on the neck of Reyka bot­tles. They often styl­ize some event hap­pen­ing around the brew­ery at the time of bot­tling — such as seals in the ocean, whales, bear sight­ings, puffins, etc. Pictured here is a spe­cial small batch run. Oddly enough I like the reg­u­lar Reyka vodka over the small batch vodka.

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I have to give Pearl vodka an hon­or­able men­tion. Pictured here is a pome­gran­ate fla­vored Pearl vodka that I add to mixes now and then to make a fla­vor twist. The usual label is black and Pearl is a cana­dian vodka. I actu­ally dis­cov­ered when I asked a liquor store guy what the Canadian’s make, he pointed out Crown Royal, Canadian Club, and Pearl vodka.

My “absolute” favorite vodka how­ever is Russian Standard. This vodka is not well known and I sup­pose it’s price sug­gests that it’s a “cheap Russian vodka”. Also I would bet that when peo­ple look at the label they are turned off or quickly dis­miss it over the obscure russ­ian lettering.

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Well that’s too bad because this is a high qual­ity, very drink­able vodka. This dark horse is a secret win­ner for those in the know.

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I under­stand that this vodka is a Russian response to the rise of west­ern made vodka’s dom­i­nat­ing the mar­ket and I have to give them credit for stak­ing a great claim on their cul­tural her­itage. Is it even a ques­tion that the Russians would know how to made great vodka? Either way, I highly rec­om­mend try­ing this obscure vodka.