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#1 Ian Chadwick

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 01:08 PM

BLUE AGAVE FORUM GENERAL INFORMATION
PLEASE READ IF ARE NEW TO THIS FORUM
  • Welcome to a place of in-depth discussions and a wealth of knowledge pertaining to tequila and mezcal. Don't be shy to speak up and participate, and to offer your opinion. We are all friends here and share a love for tequila.
  • Manufacturers, producers, advertising firms and sales reps are not only welcome, but we encourage you to participate. We only ask that you please identify your relationship with any company if you discuss your or other companies' products. There is a special area for your product announcements, too.
  • When replying to a post, there are several options: the REPLY button automatically includes the entire contents of the previous post, so unless you really intend to do that (and I encourage you not to), use the FAST REPLY or ADD REPLY buttons below the post. Repeating a previous post makes the database larger, slows the system and is usually unnecessary. You can also edit an included post and display only the material you want to repeat.
  • There are a lot of basic answers to be found on the accompanying website at www.ianchadwick.com/tequila/. Look there too. A new, updated and enhanced web site was unveiled in June, 2007.
  • Be respectful and polite. It is ok to have a passionate discussion, but please keep religion, race, gender, ethnicity, etc. out of the discussion.
  • Please use the search feature before posting a question. MANY questions have already been discussed and answered in this forum. You may find what you need in past threads. Sometimes answering an old thread can re-start a discussion and give it new life.
  • There is NO worm in tequila. If in doubt, repeat.
  • Please don't ask what the BEST tequila is. It is a matter of personal preference. There are as many opinions as there are different tequilas. If you want an opinion on particular aņejos, reposados, or blancos, there are plenty of threads on those exact topics.
  • The majority of the forum sips their tequila and no longer does tequila shooters especially for the caliber and prestige of tequilas being consumed. PLEASE do NOT use the slogan, 1 tequila 2 tequila 3 tequila FLOOR.
  • Jose Cuervo Gold (Especial) is a mixto tequila and is not popular among aficionados here. However, since it did intrigue many of us to start exploring and sampling 100% blue agave tequila, we recognize that it has a useful presence in the market. Cuervo does make 100% agave tequilas, as well.
  • We believe that as you get immersed into the world of 100% blue agave tequilas that you will realize the many characteristics mixtos and mediocre tequilas lack. Members will be happy to express their opinions as to whether a particular tequila is lacking.
  • PLEASE don't tell us you are mixing your ultra premium tequila in your margaritas. Some people may pass out upon reading that.
  • There is a lot of marketing and hype around some brands, but even great advertising doesn't assure quality. However, don't be afraid to stand up for a tequila you feel is being unfairly dismissed because of its marketing.
  • Spam posts, marketing posts, gimmicks, garbage advertising, prank posts, or other garbage will be deleted and the poster permanently banned. We don't want you here. Go annoy someone else.
  • We use many acronyms/shortcuts to refer to tequilas. Here is a short list of some of them:
    • JCRF - Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia
    • ET - El Tesoro (append an A,R,B, or P for anejo, reposado, blanco, or paradiso)
    • HSS - Herradura Seleccion Suprema
    • DFI - Dun Fulano Imperial
    • DFA - Don Fulano anejo
    • JC - Jose Cuervo
    • JCG - Jose Cuervo Gold (also called JC Especial)
    • CN - Casa Noble
    • CE - Chinaco Emperador
    • DJ - Don Julio
    • DJ1942 - Don Julio 1942
    • DJR - Don Julio Real
    • GC - Gran Centenario
    • GCGR - Gran Centenario Gran Reserva
    • GCRT - Gran Centenario Reserva del Tequilero
    • HdP - Herencia del Plata
    • HH - Herencia Historico
    • Romance - Milagro Romance
    • PA - Penca Azul
    • Tonala SR - Tonala Suprema Reserva
    • 345 - Tres-Quatro-Cinco
    • Puro - 100% blue agave tequila
    • Mixto - 51% blue agave tequila (JC Gold)
    • SMSW - Single malt scotch whiskey (maybe to compare a tequila flavor profiles to a SMSW)
    • PSBA - Porfidio Single Barrel anejo
    • PS-cactus - Purasangre cactus series
    • ET-WL - El Tesoro White Label. Append an A, R, or B next to ET for aņejo, reposado, or blanco to specify type.
  • The ņ is made on most PCs by holding ALT and pressing 1-6-4 in that order on the keypad.
  • Respect other people's opinion of the type of the tequila they prefer. This forum is largely comprised of members who have strong preferences based on experience. This does not mean one type is better than the other. Different types of tequila each present something different to the consumer. Taste is entirely subjective.
  • This forum is not a group of snobby, elitist tequila drinkers who forgot what it is to get drunk and have a good time. Our tours prove the opposite. The members here discuss the rich history, production, culture and quality of 100% blue agave tequilas, how they differ, and stack up to one another. Only a few of us are snobby elitists ;-)
  • Negative comments toward El Tesoro are not taken lightly. We don't know what negative comments they might be and, quite frankly, we don't want to know. Umbrage will be taken regardless.
  • Although you probably already know, Corazon and Espolon are made in the same factory. Any positive comments made toward Corazon will be immediately followed by comments as to how superior and more attractively priced Espolon is.
  • Try not to hijack a discussion thread. What this means is to try and stay on topic as much as possible. If a side discussion emerges within a certain thread, try and start a new thread on the side topic. This will keep this forum cleaner and more organized. There are other places in this board for off-topic threads.
  • We love new members and encourage all to participate. We love tequila; it's why we are here and why we hope you will join us. Enjoy your time here and remember, have fun. Salud!
  • There are separate forums for mezcal, pulque and sangrita, Mexican beer and other spirits. There are also sections for technical questions, Triumph motorcycles, Henry Hudson and other areas releated to the host's website. Please try to post in the appropriate area. If you forget, our moderators may move your post.
  • Members can and are encouraged to use all of the features of the forum including the blog, gallery, calendar and recipe database. You are encouraged to contribute your own photos, create a blog or add recipes.
  • Please keep in mind Canadian, Mexican, US and other international copyright laws: do not reproduce entire articles or Web pages - just use reasonable snippets. Press releases intended for distribution and legal items like NORMAS can usually be repeated in their entirety, but when in doubt, just copy a portion and provide a link. If you have a question about copyright, feel free to ask the sysop before posting.
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  • Consider posting the information in the news and events section if the content is appropriate for that area.
  • To reiterate: Try to avoid quoting a previous email in its entirety. Delete the parts that you don't need for your reply. It will help keep the database from growing too big and getting slow. See rule 3, above.
  • Although the sysop has often been described as a curmudgeon subscribing to generally unreasonable or outrageous ideas, such as politeness, honour, correct spelling, good grammar, gun control, environmentalism, evolution and socialized medicine, that does not mean you must share his opinions on anything. You are welcome to post your own opinion without fear of censorship because he also believes in free speech. Just respect others, be polite and avoid personal attacks.
  • The administrator is also the author of the tequila website, the Henry Hudson website, Mapping the Atari, Triumph Motorcycle Timeline, and is a writer, editor and ukulele player. However, he uses his ianadmin account most often and doesn't always check his Ian Chadwick account. If you wish to send him a PM, use ianadmin, not Ian Chadwick.
  • Each forum thread has a rating system at the top of the thread. Feel free to rate the content according to your own perspective and enjoyment. Keep in mind that rating a tasting thread reflects on the author of the review or the comprehensiveness of the review, not on the product under review. To rate products, use the poll system.
  • This site has nothing whatever to do with the bisexual pop star Tila Tequila. If you come here looking for salacious gossip about her, please look elsewhere.


#2 Vange

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Posted 26 October 2006 - 12:31 PM

ADDITIONAL ACRONYMS:

1Cent - Centinela anejo
3Cent - Centinela 3 anos anejo
7Cent - Centinela 7 anos anejo
CXA - Negro Chinaco Extra anejo
ODJA - Oro De Jalisco anejo
ODJRep - Oro De Jalisco reposado
ODJA - Oro De Jalisco blanco
ODJRos - Oro De Jalisco Rosee
AB - AsomBroso

#3 TequilaDoc

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Posted 26 October 2006 - 02:27 PM

In regards to point 13.w, just for clarification, I'm under the impression that the CRT changed it's requirements in the mid 90s, and that presently all mixtos must be at least 60%. But I've heard it stated both ways in many times in the last 6 months.

Which is correct??

#4 oregonparts

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Posted 26 October 2006 - 04:11 PM

To my knowledge it is 59% and I have never heard it being 60%

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#5 reifer

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Posted 26 October 2006 - 07:53 PM

I think that 13W is correct. Tequila can be 51% agave and 49% something else and still be called "tequila" Never heard of 60% or even 59%

#6 oregonparts

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Posted 26 October 2006 - 10:28 PM

A mix up I ment 51-49 :blush:

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#7 Mike Morales

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 01:37 AM

From this post earlier this year by Lirubis, here is the new official normas...

4.34 Tequila
The regional alcoholic beverage obtained by distilling musts, prepared directly and originally from extracted material, in the manufacturing facilities of an Authorized Producer, which must be located in the territory specified in the Declaration, derived from the hearts of tequilana weber blue variety Agave, previously or subsequently hydrolyzed or cooked, and subjected to alcoholic fermentation with cultivated or uncultivated yeasts, wherein said musts may be enhanced and blended together before fermentation with other sugars up to a proportion no greater than 49% of total reducing sugars expressed in units of mass, pursuant to this Official Mexican Standard, and with the understanding that cold mixing is not permitted. Tequila is a liquid that, according to its type, is colorless or colored when aged in oak or Encino oak(holm or holm oak) wood containers, or when mellowed without aging.


Oddly enough, last week I saw a new Casco Viejo ad in one of my local liquor establishments that announced that their tequila is made with at least 70% blue agave.

I guess that means that you only have a 30% chance of hangover? :blink:

#8 Ian Chadwick

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 12:18 PM

In regards to point 13.w, just for clarification, I'm under the impression that the CRT changed it's requirements in the mid 90s, and that presently all mixtos must be at least 60%. But I've heard it stated both ways in many times in the last 6 months.

Which is correct??

This was under discussion in the 1980s and 1990s, but it was never passed into law. The requirement is still 51%.

#9 Ian Chadwick

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 07:00 AM

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