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.
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.
The new cap above. The old, awesome, cowboy tequila cap below.
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.
Not exactly a Tequila entry, but fitting.
Good stuff! Anyone willing to throw a nuclear explosion on their label is clearly — “Winning”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.