|Tony M Nyphot
Joined: June 2008
|Quote (deejay @ Jan. 30 2009,08:45)|
|That's good for disguising some cheap booze, but right now I'm using Patron silver and Cointreau. I also make them with 1800 Reposado and Grand Marnier, but I prefer the former. I'm looking to finish off that bottle of 1800 and pick up something else if anyone has any suggestions.|
A few years back, a group of friends gathered at my house for the weekend for a field study of commercially available tequilas, orange liqueurs, margaritas and a subjective evaluation of taste versus cost. Between all of us, we had over 20 different bottles of tequila and 5 orange liqueurs and set up endless blind taste tests. All in the name of science, you understand.
For straight shots, Patron Silver was 3rd behind Gran Centenario Añejo and Milagro Añejo. It was interesting that a silver placed this high, even above the other Patron types.
In the margarita tests, we used the same homemade "mix" (2.5x fresh squeezed lime, 1x fresh squeezed white grapefruit, .5x Agave nectar) and varied the combinations of tequila and orange. It took the entire weekend, but, like Sisyphus, we drudgingly persevered. The Gran Centenario again topped the list with Cointreau and Patron Citronge leading the orange category.
Coming in at 3rd in their respective idioms on the margarita tests, and dominating the value/taste test, were El Jimador Reposado tequila and Gran Gala orange liqueur (above Grand Marnier!). The El Jimador was 1/2 the cost of the Patron and in a direct margarita face-off actually came out ahead. The Gran Gala costs less than than the elite liqueurs and may even bring a bit more orange to the palate. The El Jimador is made by Herradura.
I enjoy margaritas immensely, but at some point it seems a waste to mix really expensive tequila when you can enjoy it's smoothness straight instead. I just received a bottle a bottle of Don Julio Reposado as a gift this morning...perhaps we'll crack it on Sunday.
More than likely, I'll be drinking Pilsner Urquell for the Super Bowl.
"I, OTOH, am an underachiever...I either pee my pants or faint dead away..." FTK