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   Watching Over Your Booze: Feds form the Tequila Working Group, a committee created to mollify Mexico and keep bulk tequila flowing north across the border

09 Dec 2012 02:42 PM   |   2473 clicks   |   AP
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I_C_Weener    [TotalFark]  
This is one entitlement we can't lose people!

09 Dec 2012 01:38 PM
Fark Rye For Many Whores     
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09 Dec 2012 02:45 PM
UseUrHeadFred     
The spice must flow, senor.

09 Dec 2012 02:47 PM
glenlivid     
Tequila used to be more moderately priced until the "great Agave shortage of 1998" (or whenever the fark it was), which was used to raise prices....that never seemed to come back down when the shortage was over.

Do something about that, "working" group.

09 Dec 2012 02:50 PM
Jedbone     
Fast & Furious & Drunk & Vomiting

09 Dec 2012 02:52 PM
BronyMedic     
We must not allow an alcoholic beverage gap with the Red Menace!

/Srsly. BronyMedic likes his Strawberry and Mango margaritas. Stahp.

09 Dec 2012 02:53 PM
The One True TheDavid     
"Down the hall, a chemist tests shiny flecks from a bottle of Goldschlager, the spicy cinnamon schnapps, to make sure they're real gold."

I'd be happy to dispose of the leftover liquid part.

09 Dec 2012 02:54 PM
CruJones     
Tequila is my spirit of choice. I always get one shot, warm, no salt no lime with my first beer. Or just drink tequila. Corralejo Reposado is my personal favorite. A great sipping tequila.

/Patron is the Grey Goose of tequila

09 Dec 2012 02:56 PM
Molavian     
Who cares about Tequila? Bourbon is a man's drink of choice.

09 Dec 2012 02:58 PM
D_Evans45    [TotalFark]  
The government uses taxes to control social phenomena, explains Bill Foster, who ran the bureau's headquarters before retiring this summer.


fark you, assholes.

/Too bad it's way more complicated to brew good beer than good cannabis
//And don't you ever let anyone tell you you need a hydroponic system to grow good pot

09 Dec 2012 03:00 PM
D_Evans45    [TotalFark]  
Also, tequila is damn good is when it isn't the cheap shiat we have on most liquor store shelves cheap. I had a Mexican ex with a stash of aged authentic tequila, you could damn near drink that shiat straight. They were several hundred dollar bottles, and she had one that was over $1,000.

/Only got a shot of that one
//Cant see paying more than ~$200 a bottle for stuff like that though

09 Dec 2012 03:03 PM
Counter_Intelligent     

Molavian: Who cares about Tequila? Bourbon is a man's drink of choice.


Meh.

09 Dec 2012 03:05 PM
cptjeff     

CruJones: /Patron is the Grey Goose of tequila


Given how much they advertize, I'm not surprised one bit.

Don't drink much tequilla myself, just one bottle of Camarena Reposado for the occasional margarita.

09 Dec 2012 03:05 PM
Fabric_Man     

D_Evans45: Also, tequila is damn good is when it isn't the cheap shiat we have on most liquor store shelves cheap. I had a Mexican ex with a stash of aged authentic tequila, you could damn near drink that shiat straight. They were several hundred dollar bottles, and she had one that was over $1,000.

/Only got a shot of that one
//Cant see paying more than ~$200 a bottle for stuff like that though


It's dangerous to judge liquor by the price tag alone. Some producers deliberately jack up the price on mediocre booze, just to make you think it's high quality. Crown Royal was infamous for this.

09 Dec 2012 03:09 PM
madgonad     

D_Evans45: Also, tequila is damn good is when it isn't the cheap shiat we have on most liquor store shelves cheap. I had a Mexican ex with a stash of aged authentic tequila, you could damn near drink that shiat straight. They were several hundred dollar bottles, and she had one that was over $1,000.

/Only got a shot of that one
//Cant see paying more than ~$200 a bottle for stuff like that though


Actually, the label on the bottle and the price you pay has only a minimal impact on the quality of the mezcal or tequila. Some of the very best tequila I have ever consumed came from bottles I paid $5 for and I have bought $120 bottles that were filled with piss and kerosene. Buying tequila is a crap-shoot.

My rule is to try new, cheap bottlers and if it is good, buy a couple cases. Most tequila is bought in vast bulk and shipped in tankers to the US. Frequently new producers get shipped the top-shelf stuff for the first year or two to get a higher rating. I discovered this with Javelina and later with Giro. Their first production runs were outstanding - outrageously smooth mezcals. Now they are rather poor, but those first shipments were awesome (and cheap, $5-7 a bottle). Existing popular brands like Sauza and Cuervo and consistently mediocre and Patron/Julio vary from good to mediocre. Barrel-aged (anejo) is usually superior, but not always.

09 Dec 2012 03:16 PM
way south     

D_Evans45: The government uses taxes to control social phenomena, explains Bill Foster, who ran the bureau's headquarters before retiring this summer.


fark you, assholes.

/Too bad it's way more complicated to brew good beer than good cannabis
//And don't you ever let anyone tell you you need a hydroponic system to grow good pot


He's from the government, and here to help.

/waiting for the follow up headline which shows this as all a counter productive bureaucratic disaster.

09 Dec 2012 03:20 PM
Oznog     

glenlivid: Tequila used to be more moderately priced until the "great Agave shortage of 1998" (or whenever the fark it was), which was used to raise prices....that never seemed to come back down when the shortage was over.

Do something about that, "working" group.


It DID come down. I remember discovering Cuervo Tradicional, which is 100% blue agave, unlike the blended, sweetened swill that is "Cuervo Gold", and it's only about $25 a fifth. It's actually pretty high quality IMHO.

There's a problem here with "blended" tequila. Tequila is defined as fermented from blue agave. It can be up to 50% blended with other liquors or fermented with corn mash prior to distillation, and Mexico allows that to be "blended" tequila. Now, like Cuervo Gold is blended, but within the 50% allowed by Mexican law, and it never claims to be 100% blue agave.

But the truth is, the industry is rife with tequila fraud. Ones labeled "100% blue agave" may be blended, ones labeled "blended" may have little or no blue agave in it. The reason Mexico didn't want it shipped bulk and bottled in the US is that they lose regulatory control, IIRC the US doesn't have a strict law saying what tequila "is". So they expect someone selling "Mexican tequila" at a cut-rate because it's only 20% blue agave tequila blended with cheap whiskey or vodak, undermining Mexico's capacity to sell real tequila at an honest price.

09 Dec 2012 03:22 PM
BlackMtnMan     
Tequila=Mexican panther pizz.

09 Dec 2012 03:29 PM
FloydA    [TotalFark]  
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09 Dec 2012 03:49 PM
Mr. Eugenides     
So, at $16 trillion in debt we form a federal tequila working group?

09 Dec 2012 04:10 PM
D_Evans45    [TotalFark]  

madgonad: D_Evans45: Also, tequila is damn good is when it isn't the cheap shiat we have on most liquor store shelves cheap.

Actually, the label on the bottle and the price you pay has only a minimal impact on the quality of the mezcal or tequila. Some of the very best tequila I have ever consumed came from bottles I paid $5 for and I have bought $120 bottles that were filled with piss and kerosene. Buying tequila is a crap-shoot.



Around here, for $5 you aren't getting much more than a plastic pint of Popov or Potters, which tend to come with that "rubbing alcohol" quality that inferior spirits have. I remember trying stuff like the various Cuervos,Tres Generaciones, Presidente, Cazadores, basically "brand name but still affordable" type stuff before deciding that tequila wasn't my forte. But there was something about those aged tequilas, my goodness. It was like drinking warmth, with the exquisite flavor that I now know is, the essence of tequila...

09 Dec 2012 04:22 PM
Now That's What I Call a Taco!     
Good. Tequila is one of the worst managed industries in the world. Bunch of ignorant farmers that plant based upon last year's market...for a product that takes 7-10+ years to grow. And that's when they aren't letting their fields just go to shiat, making them a fungus paradise.

09 Dec 2012 04:49 PM
Gawdzila     

Molavian: Who cares about Tequila? Bourbon is a man's drink of choice.


Spoken like a tragically myopic and boring person. Can you really only enjoy one type of alcohol?

Tequila is extremely under-appreciated. Silvers are sweet and subtle enough to be great for mixing without being as sterile as vodka or quite as sweet as silver rum. Reposados are my favorite, retaining a little of the sweetness of the silver tequila but with more of that unique, vegetal quality from the agave. I haven't had much añejo tequila, but if you like the oak-barrel flavors of an aged whiskey there is no reason you wouldn't enjoy it.

09 Dec 2012 07:20 PM
gibbon1     

Molavian: Who cares about Tequila? Bourbon is a man's drink of choice.


Racism!

10 Dec 2012 01:46 AM
beer4breakfast     
Excellent sipping tequila for the price.

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10 Dec 2012 02:45 AM
computerguyUT     
I think the money they make from the Tequila will be plenty to keep it coming..

10 Dec 2012 08:24 AM
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