tequila 101

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Due to popular requests (OK, it was Brad O), I’m including a primer on tequilas.

Here’s the best explanation I’ve found. But I beg to differ on a couple points. “Silver” “Gold” and “Reservo” are for suckers. If you want to mix, go for Blanco. To sip, you want either Reposado (my favorite) or Anejo. Mixto is for idiots. If you want Mezcal, order it. (and don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

To get an idea of what’s going on w/tequila, if you’re in Seattle, get yourself to the Mission Bar & Grille in West Seattle, and order a “flight” of tequilas. You can get a flight of Cazadores, which would include a shot each of Blanco, Reposado & Anejo & decide for yourself. I have to say, my sons introduced me to Mission, which proves I’ve done something right.

As I’m on a budget, and can’t afford Warren Hardy Spanish School, I get my Spanish lessons from taxi drivers and Don Juan de la Boca. His lesson on tequila & margaritas is not to be missed. Although, I’ve heard more swearing in a CA schoolyard recess than 3 months in San Miguel. Maybe they swear more on the coast?

I did nearly use the “P” word today when I couldn’t find a taxi & some Mexican cutie nearly hit me in her LandRover… Luckily, I had some reposado & sangrita waiting for me when I finally reached the casita.

4 Responses to “tequila 101”

  1. Brad says:

    Thank you! (“P word”?….)

  2. Javantea says:

    The “P” word is a Spanish derogatory word for a woman generally equivalent to the English “B” word, but is often to the derogatory word for a prostitute. =)

    The Mission tequila is quite good although from an e-mail I received from a friend, the good stuff (and the knowledge of how to obtain and drink it) can only be found in Mexico. I’m glad some of that knowledge is trickling down to us northerners though.

  3. Sara says:

    Actually, that was not the P word I was considering (see Juan de la Boca’s explanation of “pinche”) The reason I didn’t use it? I was told by a Russian prof many yrs ago that one should NEVER swear in a foreign language. No way can one understand all the proper nuances…
    But when I’m really angry, I’ve been known to swear in 3 languages at once, usually with a southern drawl.

  4. Sara says:

    PS- Javantea, if you could get M’s permission, I’d love to post his tequila adventure in Monterrey…