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Your Guide to a Better Choice - Tequila Brands Prices and Recipes

Tequila-brands

Nothing ensures a greater time than a shot of tequila. All tequilas are not made the same. They vary with taste and even prices; some are best for sipping while others are just perfect for margaritas.

Today’s market for tequilas is more complicated since there are numerous brands that one needs to choose. When deciding which brand to consume, you find that Tequila Brands and Pricing varies widely.

Some tequilas can be obtained for as low as 20 dollars while others are worth as much as 100 dollars. The general theory is that expensive tequilas are better than the cheap ones, but it does not apply to all people.

Price should not be the only thing that guides you when finding the best tequila for you. If a certain bottle creates intrigue in you and you like it, then you should buy it.

Here is a representation of the many brands of tequila there is in the market and their variation in prices and recipes.

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Blue Nectar Añejo Founder’s Blend

Blue Nectar Añejo Founder’s Blend

Adding to its portfolio of agave spirits, Blue Nectar Spirits Co. released the first batch of its Anejo Founder’s Blend tequila. Created by father-son co-founders BN Bahadur and Nikhil Bahadur, and master blender Guillermo Garcia-Lay, each batch of Añejo Founder’s Blend will vary slightly in structure, with a focus on balancing agave and oak notes, the company says. The 80 proof batch of Añejo Founder’s Blend has been aged for 2 years and blended with a limited-production 3.5-year-old and 5-year-old extra añejo, which results in a tequila that warms to velvety buttered toffee, vanilla, smoke and oak notes with a medium dry finish, it adds. Packaged in a 750-ml bottle, Blue Nectar Añejo Founder’s Tequila is available in select markets for a suggested retail price of $59.99.

Blue Nectar Spirits Co., Miami
Internet: www.bluenectartequila.com
Distribution: Select markets

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Alacrán XA

Alacrán XA

Alacrán Tequila unveiled the latest varietal joining its lineup of tequilas: Alacrán XA. An ultra-premium, extra añejo tequila, Alacrán XA uses 100 percent weber blue agave that is seven to 10 years old and harvested in the highlands of Los Altos in Jalisco, the company says. The tequila is matured for 40 months in American oak barrels that aged bourbon and offers notes of fruit and oak with a cognac finish that is dry, smooth, full-bodied and warm, it adds. Alacrán XA is available in select markets packaged in 750-ml glass bottles that have a suggested retail price of $49.99.

Alacrán Tequila, Mexico
Telephone: +011/52-55-5256-4694
Internet: www.autenticoalacran.com   
Distribution: Select markets

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Pasote

Pasote

3 Badge Corp. introduced Pasote, a line of 40 percent alcohol-by-volume Mexican tequilas made for pure blue agave. Named for the fierce spirit of Aztec warriors, Pasote is available in select markets in three varietals: Blanco, Reposado and Anejo. Pasote Blanco retails for $49 and offers fragrant citrus aromas, a crisp balanced palate and a long, silky finish; Pasote Reposado, which retails for $59, was aged for six months in American oak barrels and has fruit-forward aromas, rich, soft flavor sand a long, sweet and clean finish; and Pasote Anejo retails for $69 and was aged for 18 months in American oak barrels, which mellows the character of the roasted agave and gives the premium tequila soft armoas, a rich mouthfeel and a long, smooth finish, the company says. The 750-ml glass bottles feature hand-screened graphics of distinct warriors and is custom-made with a distinctive, slightly asymmetrical wave pattern visible in the glass, it adds.

3 Badge Corp., Sonoma, Calif.
Telephone:707/996-8463
Internet: www.3badge.com
Distribution: Select markets 

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Dulce Vida Spirits Expands Lineup of Craft Tequilas

Dulce Vida Spirits Expands Lineup of Craft Tequilas

Austin, Texas -- Dulce Vida Tequilas, recently acquired by newly formed alcohol beverage investor, Milestone Brands LLC, announces the introduction of 70-proof Dulce Vida Lime Tequila and Dulce Vida Grapefruit Tequila. Delivering outstanding quality for the price, Dulce Vida also adds a new 80-proof portfolio (Blanco, Reposado and Añejo) to its existing lineup of 100 percent blue agave, organic, Los Altos tequila.

Like all Dulce Vida Spirits, Dulce Vida Lime Tequila and Dulce Vida Grapefruit Tequila hail from the Los Altos region of Jalisco, Mexico and are handcrafted from 100 percent blue agave. Infused with real fruit and all-natural flavors, Dulce Vida Lime Tequila and Grapefruit Tequila are low-carb, low-calorie and simplify cocktail mixology for an easy and perfect Margarita or Paloma.  They are best enjoyed with simple mixers, like sparkling water, enjoyed on the rocks or as a chilled shot.  

“Dulce Vida has seen amazing growth since our acquisition, and we’re thrilled with the launch of these naturally infused flavors,” said Eric Dopkins, Founder and CEO of Milestone Brands LLC. “These cocktail ready, category disruptors continue our standards in providing healthier cocktail solutions and handcrafted products.”

In addition to its existing most award-winning 100-proof Dulce Vida Tequilas, the new Dulce Vida 80-proof variants and 70-proof flavors create an impressive tequila portfolio. Bottled immediately after distillation, Blanco is the most vibrant with notes of citrus with a sweet agave finish. The most versatile of the three, Dulce Vida Reposado is aged from 9 to 11 months in American Oak whisky barrels, with refreshing aromas of fruit and caramel and a mild, sweet finish. Full-bodied and best experienced as a sipping tequila, Dulce Vida Añejo features aromas of vanilla and cinnamon and is aged up to 24 months in select American Oak whisky barrels.

Dulce Vida was formed in 2009 in Austin, TX and is now sold in 17 states. To learn more about Dulce Vida Spirits, visit http://dulcevidaspirits.com/.
 

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Soltado Spicy Anejo Tequila

Soltado Spicy Anejo Tequila

Soltado Tequila recently added Soltado Spicy Anejo Tequila to its portfolio. The new varietal is made from 100 percent blue Weber agave that is hand-picked to be roasted in a traditional clay oven, distilled with exotic Chilean wine yeast and aged for 28 months in American white oak barrels, the company says. It then is infused with local, organic serrano peppers and natural cinnamon, it adds. At 40 percent alcohol by volume, Soltado Spicy Anejo Tequila is packaged in 750-ml bottles that retail for $39.99 in select markets.

Soltado Tequila, Rochester, N.Y.
Telephone: 914/400-6898
Internet: www.soltadotequila.com
Distribution: Select markets

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Alacran Tequila releases Alacran XA: Extra Añejo Tequila

Alacran Tequila releases Alacran XA: Extra Añejo Tequila

Alacran Tequila releases their new product Alacran XA, an extra añejo tequila to the marketplace.

Alacran XA is an ultra premium extra añejo tequila that sets itself from the competition, as their taste is alluring, distinct and stands out. It is packaged in a beautiful, clear glass bottle that is sleek looking showcasing a vibrant amber color with gold hues. Alacran XA uses 100% Weber Blue agave from 7-10 years old harvested in the highlands of Los Altos in Jalisco. It is matured for 40 months in American Oak barrels from bourbon. It hits your tongue fruity and oak, with a pleasing cognac finish that is dry, smooth, full bodied, and warm. Ensuring the quality of the product, each bottle is hand labeled and numbered. Alacran XA has a sophisticated flavor that is delicious with an inviting taste. Alacran XA can be enjoyed as a sipping tequila or on the rocks and can be customized in a cocktail. It retails for $49.99 and is sold at the hottest lounges, high-end restaurants, and stores and online. For more information, visit www.autenticoalacran.com.

Alacran XA is a true luxury spirit appreciated by tequila drinkers and agave connoisseurs alike who crave a fresh intriguing taste compared to other competitors in the marketplace. Alacran Tequila products continue to grow in popularity and demand - it tastes as good as it looks. The Alacran Tequila company portfolio of products is global and is featured in media and at celebrity and charity events all over the world. 

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Alacran Tequila appeals to super-premium trends

Alacran Tequila appeals to super-premium trends

Sales from high-end premium and super-premium products are fueling a large portion of growth in the spirits industry. When it comes to the tequila segment, the same trend holds true. According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, U.S. tequila volume from the high-end premium and super-premium sub-categories are up 238 and nearly 652 percent, respectively, from 2002 to 2015.

“Tequila has a strong presence in the U.S. market, and mezcal is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S.,” says Ernesto Ibarra Henkel, chief executive officer of Alacrán Tequila, Mexico City, Mexico.

Established in 2010, Alacrán was founded on a motivation to revitalize agave products in the market and stand out from the others by offering an inviting taste, Henkel explains.

“The Alacrán Tequila company is known for their portfolio of innovative, super-premium mezcal and tequila products that have extraordinary brand design and award-winning taste,” he says.

Noting that the company doesn’t follow trends, but instead operates under its own style and firm belief in authenticity, Alacrán uses blue agave, also known as tequila weber, to craft its tequilas. The company sources and distills its products from Los Altos, Jalisco.

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Alacran Reposado Tequila

Alacran Reposado Tequila

Alacran Tequila launched added Alacran Reposado Tequila to its line of spirits. An ultra-premium reposado tequila, the new product uses 100 percent Weber blue agave and is matured for four months in American oak barrels from bourbon, which generates a rich, caramel and oak flavor with a hint of vanilla, the company says. Packaged in a 750-ml glass bottle, Alacran Reposado Tequila is available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $49.99.

Alacran Tequila, Mexico
Telephone: +52-55-5256-4694
Internet: www.autenticoalacran.com
Distribution: National
 

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Coleccion de la Casa Reserva 2015 — Directo De Alambique

Coleccion de la Casa Reserva 2015 — Directo De Alambique

Tequila Herradura, a brand of Brown-Forman Corp., released the fourth Coleccion de la Casa Reserva 2015 — Directo de Alambique. Directo is made from 100 percent blue agave without barrel aging. Bottled at 110 proof, the small-batch tequila is hand-harvested and produced using agave grown at the Casa Herradura hacienda. It is fermented with natural yeast and bottled directly from the still. The clear tequila offers notes of sweet agave, green pepper, citrus and a hint of herbs and spaces, which provide a smooth, complex and prolonged presence, the company says. Available while supplies last in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York and Texas, the tequila is packaged in 750-ml bottles that retail for $89.99.

Brown-Forman Corp., Louisville, Ky.
Telephone: (502) 585-1100
Internet: www.herradura.com
Distribution: Select markets
 

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The Exciting History of Mexican Tequila

The Exciting History of Mexican Tequila
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If you travel to Mexico, there's absolutely no way you can scape from tequila. That exiting drink is so included in mexican culture that you will find it even when you are not looking for it. I talked with some local people and asked them what they knew about the history of tequila, and I found myself in front of many different and absurd stories. But the one that they most repeated was related with the aborigens of the Jalisco region.

So I am writing here for you all that history of tequila because I know there are many people in Drinkedin that loves that beverage! Hope you enjoy!

The history of this delicious drink dates several centuries ago, when Indians of Jalisco had retreated to a cave as a result of a storm. Suddenly, a lightning struck a mezcal, which burned for several hours. When the storm passed, the wind carried a pleasant aroma. One of them took a piece of burnt agave and try it felt sweet. Then he offered to others, who thus discovered the usefulness of the plant.

An indigenous forgot the juice for several days and when he came back to his cave, discovered a new scent that filled the room, and it was from the liquid of the plant. He drinked it and the drink motivated a change in the Indian personality, and then they started to take as a present of the gods.

Among the Aztecs, tequila was consumed only by hierarchs and priests in religious festivals and events. After their arrival, the Spaniards decided to purify drinking distilled and get a stronger product, giving way to call mezcal wine or brandy.

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Don Julio Reposado

Don Julio Reposado

Over the weekend a friend of mine decided to have a last minute barbeque. In our rush to get meat we forgot to stock up on the second most important aspect of any barbeque, alcohol.

It wasn’t long before we’d worked our way through all the drinks we had to hand (a few beers, a bottle of Glenfiddich, the remnants of a bottle of Ardbeg and a bottle of gin). While that wasn’t a bad start, there were quite a lot of us so it was clear that more drinks were needed. After a bit of digging around my friend produced a bottle of tequila. As a general rule I really don’t like tequila and if I’m drinking it then it means the situation is really quite desperate.

The tequila he found was Don Julio Reposado. Instead of the usual tequila drinking ritual of salt licking and lemon biting he instructed us all to drink it as a slow drink, like a glass of whisky. While it was an extremely disappointing follow up to the Ardbeg, it was probably the nicest tequila I’ve ever tasted.

Don Julio started producing tequila in 1942 and is now known as one of the best tequila brands around.  The Reposado is barrel aged for eight months in American white-oak barrels. It is made with 100% agave and is an extremely smooth drink. You can definitely taste the oak of the barrels and the drink also tasted slightly smoked.

It came as somewhat of a revelation to me that not all tequila is designed to be drunk as a shot. Having done some reading over the last couple of days I discovered that there are multiple types of tequila and many of them should be enjoyed slowly and without any additions (such as mixers, ice or salt).

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Party Margaritas with Crisps and Guacamole

Party Margaritas with Crisps and Guacamole

Even though the summer is long gone and is also a long time away, my husband and I had the craving for margaritas. We love the balance of sweet and sour and the fruity earthiness that we taste from the very moment we open the tequila bottle. We like to try different tequilas and experiment with the taste of the margaritas. Our neighbor definitely makes fantastic cocktails so we wanted to steal his recipe for the perfect refreshing margarita.

We bought the tequila that he offered us that didn’t have high alcohol percentage so we could have more cocktails but not get completely wasted. Another very important part of the preparation of this summer refreshment is lime – we always make sure that we only buy fresh limes. To recognize fresh limes you need to look at the color – bright without any dull edges. We always like to pair our margaritas with some party food. One of our favorite is guacamole with crisps. Below I will offer you my suggestion for margaritas and guacamole with crisps.

It is really not hard to prepare the margaritas as they only consist of simple ingredients like tequila, Triple Sec, the juice of fresh lime, sea salt, a lime wedge and ice. I first prepare the margarita glass by gently rimming the edge of the glass with the lime wedge and then dipping it into the salt so that the salt sticks to the glass and looks like little crystals, and then I fill it halfway with ice cubes. I then use my shaker to mix the tequila, the lime juice and the Triple Sec and shake well for about fifteen seconds. Once ready, I pour it into the ready glass and decorate it with a lime wedge. The taste is very refreshing. I normally put nibbles on the table to go with the cocktail. Here are my favorite nibbles that I make

Guacamole and Crisps

I must say that I rarely prepare the crisps myself but rather buy corn tortillas and cut them. Normally I get around six wedges out of one tortilla. I place the so cut wedges on baking paper and spray olive oil onto them and bake them for 10-20 minutes. Whilst the tortillas are baking I prepare the guacamole. I use one avocado, one clove of garlic, one finely chopped shallot, chili powder, fresh juice from lime or lemon, pepper and salt. I mix the ingredients and mash them but not to reach smooth consistency – I leave the mixture slightly chunky. For those wondering, I learned that recipe guacamole recipe at Femina's site (or like we say in Denmark guacamole opskrift fra Femina).

serve the drinks and in a big plate I place the ready guacamole and place the baked tortilla wedges around the plate in a circle so that every guest can reach them. Hosting parties has never been easier for me. My guests sing my praises as I certainly impress them with my cocktails and dips. I am not afraid to experiment either so I serve various cocktails and dips every time I throw a party. My husband has a birthday next week and I think I should throw a big party for that occasion.

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The Beginner's Guide to Mescal

The Beginner's Guide to Mescal

Drinkers all across the country are finally figuring out what discerning bartenders in New York, LA and Chicago have known for years. No longer just tequila's smoky cousin, mescal (or mezcal) has recently started popping up in award-winning cocktails, gaining new fans among drinkers who have come to appreciate its earthy nuances.

What it is (and isn't!)

Both tequila and mescal are distilled from the agave plant (also called maguey in certain parts of Mexico). One significant difference between the two is that whereas tequila can legally be made from one species of agave, mescal producers have historically experimented with a wider selection of plants.

Traditional mescal production involves harvesting the hearts of the agave plant — known as a piña for its resemblance to a pineapple — and smoking them in underground pits. The hearts are then unearthed and mashed, usually on a stone pulled by a donkey, and distilled into clear liquor.

Unlike other liquors, un-aged mescal (mescal joven or mescal blanco) is favored by connoisseurs as a purer representation of the spirit. Aged mescal does exist, however, and is sold in reposado (aged up to one year) and añejo (aged more than one year) varieties, much like tequila.

Hold the worm, please

The sheer variety of mescal has led to a serious cult of appreciation stateside. Rather than simply pound back a shot, take the time to experience the nuances of its many different varieties, from the widely available espadin, made from the species of agave of the same name, to the elusive wild tobala varieties, produced in limited quantities once a year.

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What are the Essential Mixers for Cocktail Recipes?

When it comes to enjoying an alcoholic drink we naturally mix the alcohol with a non-alcoholic mixer to brighten up the taste and add flavor. Drinking neat whisky or vodka without its subsequent mixers does not bear thinking about. Tequila without lime juice or vodka without its orange juice or cola just reads unpalatable all over.

So which mixers are essential to add to your alcohol? Mixed drinks must always include fresh orange juice as this is a key addition to many cocktails. The screwdriver allows the consumer to add a little Vitamin C to your devilish cocktail. Screwdrivers are easy to make and are a very popular mixed drink favorite particularly when served with ice. Many prefer a dash of cranberry juice poured over the ice to give this highball drink a fruitier tone.

Another popular recipe for a highball favorite is the Bronx. Mainly consumed in the US market, a Bronx mixes fresh orange juice with your gin and Vermouth. A slice of orange is often added to this New England favourite cocktail. The ice is naturally the essential mixer to any cocktail, highball or mixed drink. Orange juice once more becomes an essential ingredient as a mixer to the popular cocktail, the Mimosa. A champagne-based drink with a little added sec and topped off with some orange juice and sometimes an orange slice for good measure and you have the simple and delightful lunch time favorite cocktail.

Grapefruit juice can be found in several cocktail drinks which make some of our mixed drinks taste sourer. The idea is take the sweetness off drinks like a Greyhound or a Blue Bayou. However one of our favorite cocktails using the grapefruit mixer is the Blushing Lady. Mix some Pomegranate juice (alcoholic liqueur variety) with your vodka and then add on grapefruit juice and top off with a slice of lemon. Next take a sip and you will see why they call it a Blushing Lady!

Grenadine is another essential mixer for mixed drinks as it goes so well as a sour mix for your cocktail or mixed drink. Fresh pomegranate juice is recommended rather than bought and used from the carton you purchased from the local supermarket. Add pomegranate juice to lemonade and a Woodford Reserve bourbon whiskey and you will have your perfect Belmont Stakes.

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1 Tequila, 2 Tequila, 3 Tequila, Floor

1 Tequila, 2 Tequila, 3 Tequila, Floor



I'm fascinated by the increase in tequila consumption and the ever expanding market. The past several years has shown a change in tequila drinking culture. Years before the association was for me either isolated, lonely, hardened men drinking away life's sorrows or a cheap, high-proof liquor whose taste could be covered if you put enough fruit and sugar in it, blended with some ice and froze the brain of the consumer so they couldn't think how awful the thing actually was. Now however, consumption is not so much drinking as tasting and indeed a  more of a refined social past time than the years before. The imbibing of is something much like the tastings of the wine connoisseur.

Admittedly, my tequila experience is nil. Prior to this recent foray into the tequila culture, my experience has been limited to losing a game of bar dice and being forced to take a shot of something akin to rubbing alcohol or drinking massive frozen drinks that gave me the aforementioned brain freeze along with a toothache from its cloying sweetness. Needless to say, a friend of mine (quite the aficionado) has for ages been carrying on now about how good a proper tequila is. I can’t say that I readily jumped on the band wagon. My stomach even as I began to write started to do a flip-flop at the mere thought of the noxious stuff. Pavlovian response to what I guess is a learned response from all the unsuitable tequila based drinks before. Said friend has even gone so far as to suggest I join her for a tequila tasting. She said the name of the place is Mayahuel. I heard that and my stomach didn’t flop, it dropped. All I could think of is “Beware of Maya”. Maya is the Hindu goddess of Illusion. Yes, I know different cultures, Hindu goddess, Mexican liquor, but the idea was palnted and I would not let illusion get in the way of reason and logic, logic being stay away. Further, I began to think this lady must have drank the worm and she was hallucinating . Honestly, tequila tasting? Okay, I can do a quick shot as long as I have salt lime, and a chaser. Quick and dirty. Still feel the  burn. This friend is one of my gourmand friends. One who supposedly has a refined palette. The suggestion certainly didn't sound fun, it soudned massochistic.  The “facts” as I knew them made me more then a bit dubious about her rhetoric. Nevertheless, there was something about her raving Perhaps what she said was that of a mad woman, but  she managaed to picque my interest and I’ve decided to venture into the uncharted Tequila terrain.

As a dilettante this foray is a bit scary. The little experience I do have (hangover flashbacks) makes me want to run screaming far, far away and curl up into a fetal position w/ my bottle, my lovely tried and true bottle of vodka. However, I realize that the facts as I know them are subjective and I should give tequila another go from a more objective standpoint. In order to do this, I knew I needed to learn some information about tequila.

I’ve stated  that in the past tequila and I don’t agree, the old adage is 1 tequila, 2 tequila, 3 tequila floor… I’m more 1 tequila, floor. It’s over for me, I’m done but those with a stronger consitution than I can last a bit longer. After doing a bit of research I came up w/what I felt were 4 major fundamental bits that prove useful to anyone wanting to "taste" and appreciate tequila in its true, pure form. The amount of 4seemed reasonable I thought this was a useful analogy in giving you, the reader, an overview without endlessly drawing out my own rhetoric, boring you  and by the 4th paragraph, casuing you to  fall asleep , out of the chair and on the floor.

1 Tequila: Blue Agave... The varieties of tequila have nothing to do with what tequila is made of. All types stem (pardon the pun) from the Blue Agave plant grown indigenous to Mexico and found in high-altitude, mountainous area northwest of Guadalajara called Jalisco… The name is derived from a town in the region, aptly named Tequila. The Blue Agave is a species called a succulent, growing long stems instead of leaves. These leaves retain large amounts of water thereby allowing it thrive in arid areas. The liquid that becomes what we know as tequila comes from the sap in the heart of the Blue Agave plant.

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