White tequila comes right from the distillery, whereas gold tequila is aged in oak.
White tequila comes right from the distillery, whereas gold tequila is aged in oak.

White tequila = my new amigo

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After a couple of bad experiences, I swore off tequila unless it was mixed into a margarita. I thought tequila made me too mouthy and extremely hungover. Recently, my friend Holly introduced me to white tequila, and I realized the Mexican potent potable could go back on my personal drink menu.

(And actually, the night I tried a shot of white tequila for the first time, it led me to do a body shot for the first time, too. Probably shouldn’t have agreed to the third shot. Note to self.)

While tequila is simply unaged, uncolored tequila. Most of the high-end tequilas have "100 percent blue agave" embossed on the bottle. Patron, for example, is one of the most popular 100-percent blue agave white tequilas and my personal favorite.

For the love of extraneous information, might I add that tequila comes from the distillation of the blue agave cactus grown in the town of Tequila -- and surrounding areas -- in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. The red volcanic soil in that area is ideal for the cacti to grow.

So, if you have sworn off tequila, you might want to give white tequila a whirl. Order it as a shot next time someone offers to buy you one -- it's pricier than the gold tequilas -- and you might be amazed at how smooth it is, and how easily it goes down. Careful.

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tomjulio | Feb. 10, 2010 at 6:39 p.m. (report)

35437 Molly: still, you're comparing brand to brand, not tequila style to tequila style. Patron to Jose is like comparing Porshe to Kia. It has nothing to do with the age of the tequila.

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mstodd | Feb. 10, 2010 at 5:36 p.m. (report)

I, like A_Barfly, must also laugh at brewers__fan. I could find no evidence that Patron is not made from blue agave, and only evidence that it is made from Blue Agave.

Go to patrontequila.com and learn about agave there.

Patron is usually what I drink when I'm out, and not drinking beer. The price is decent for a silver, and it's not too bad. Give Patron and tonic a try.

Also try different fruit when tasting tequila at home. One that most people wouldn't think of is cinnamon on an orange slice.

When I'm buying, I usually buy 1800 Silver, it's good, especially for the price.

Mark

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A_Barfly | Feb. 10, 2010 at 3:47 p.m. (report)

35070 brewers_fan: "Patron is not real tequila" - laughing out loud!!! I mean LOL. Sorry.

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brewers__fan | Feb. 10, 2010 at 2:28 p.m. (report)

A couple other points you may have missed. Patron is not blue agave. It is made 100% percent of the agave plant. This is typically green agave... ect. Patron is not real tequila. there is not enough blue agave in the state of jalisco to manufacture tequila on a large scale basis. To get real tequila made 100% of the blue agave, you must visit one of the small distilleries in the state of jalisco, or pay an exuberant price to have it imported to America.

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Molly Snyder Edler | Feb. 10, 2010 at 2:26 p.m. (report)

tomjulio: Interesting and noted. However, I said "some of the gold tequilas" and was referring to the price difference between a shot of Patron and, say, Jose Cuervo (gold).

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