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The Tequila Trials: Patron Silver, 1800 Silver, Casa Noble Crystal, Jose Cuervo, Patron Anejo & Cazedores Anejo Tequila’s

casa noble crystal blanco tequila1 191x300 The Tequila Trials: Patron Silver, 1800 Silver, Casa Noble Crystal, Jose Cuervo, Patron Anejo & Cazedores Anejo TequilasJose Cuervo Gold & Casa Noble Crystal Steal the Show!

By Dan Shapiro and Matt Goldstein

Our blind taste test Tequila Trials featured six randomly selected tequilas.  With three blanco tequilas tequila’s; Patron Silver, Casa Noble Crystal and 1800 Silver, and two Anejo’s or aged tequilas; Patron Anejo and Cazedores Anejo vs. Jose Cuervo Gold, all of the tequila’s selected were scored on style, flavor, complexity and overall distinction.  The anejo, or aged tequila’s are much darker and usually matured or in wooden or oak barrels, giving the tequila a more complex and flavorful taste.

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Casa Noble Crystal Tequila

The Casa Noble Blanco Tequila was the clear winner of our silver/blanco tequila trials.  A triple gold medalist made from 100% Agave, Casa Noble Crystal Blanco Tequila is triple distilled and heated in stone ovens.  With Agave grown in the central lowlands, Casa Noble Agave is aged up to 14 years before being harvested while most other Agaves are aged for about 4 to 5 years.  The scent is a light agave with a spicy and complex flavor. The Casa Noble Crystal is very smooth with not much bite and a complex flavor in aftertaste.  This is an exceptional tequila!  We love it…  Casa Noble Crystal Tequila is priced at about $40.

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patron silver pic The Tequila Trials: Patron Silver, 1800 Silver, Casa Noble Crystal, Jose Cuervo, Patron Anejo & Cazedores Anejo TequilasPatron Silver Tequila

Double distilled and made with 100% steam baked Weaber Tequilana Blue Agave, the Patron Silver is a crystal clear, very smooth and light flavored tequila.  With a small bite, and perhaps smoothest of all the silvers, the aftertaste is also very light.  The lack of flavor is the actual flavor in the Patron Silver.  There is nothing too overbearing which presents a clean, easy drinking style with mass appeal.  The Patron Silver is better than the 1800 Silver but it’s also twice the price, about $45.

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1800 Silver Tequila

1800 Silver Tequila is made from 100% blue agave and mellowed in American Oak barrels for 15 days.  The 1800 Silver Tequila scent is a bit medicinal with hints of agave, very much like Patron.  The flavor is smooth but with a solid bite.  1800 Silver Tequila is a solid bar tequila and goes very well with mixed nuts.  “The agave, it’s in there!”  The 1800 Silver Tequila is priced at about $25.

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jose cuervo gold 300x300 The Tequila Trials: Patron Silver, 1800 Silver, Casa Noble Crystal, Jose Cuervo, Patron Anejo & Cazedores Anejo TequilasJose Cuervo Especial Gold

Jose Cuervo Especial Gold is the #1 selling tequila in the world.  It’s also the most famous, and for good reason.  The Jose Cuervo Gold completely stole the show at our first ever tequila trials.  This everyday tequila, often considered average and just for mixing, is actually the perfect sipping tequila.  The Jose Cuervo Gold crushed Patron Anejo and Cazedores Anejo while performing better than any of the silvers as well.  The Jose Cuervo is spicy and sweet with an immediate bite.  With excellent flavors of oak, the full bite of the Cuervo Gold creates a complex and beautiful flavor.  Most people think that tequila must be smooth, but sometimes being exceptionally smooth is also excessively flavorless.  The flavor is in the bite and the oak!  Cuervo Gold is considered a joven tequila, blended with Reposado and other young tequilas.  Cuervo is rested in wood barrels for about 3 months, giving the tequila notes of oak and vanilla.  Jose Cuervo Gold is priced at about $20.

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patron anejo patron reposado patron silver 300x249 The Tequila Trials: Patron Silver, 1800 Silver, Casa Noble Crystal, Jose Cuervo, Patron Anejo & Cazedores Anejo TequilasPatron Anejo Tequila

Double distilled and made with 100% steam baked Weaber Tequilana Blue Agave, The Patron Anejo is a blended tequila with all of parts of the blend aged for at least 12 months in small White Oak Barrels.  Not every blend of the Patron Anejo is quite the same.  The master distiller adjusts the blend of Anejo for each vintage.  The Patron Anejo Tequila is sweet with notes of honey and citrus.  Smooth but also complex with a good flavor, this is a much better tequila than the Patron Silver.  We love this tequila!  However, it was not really better then Jose Cuervo gold and it’s more than twice the price, about $45.

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cazadores deer pic The Tequila Trials: Patron Silver, 1800 Silver, Casa Noble Crystal, Jose Cuervo, Patron Anejo & Cazedores Anejo TequilasCazadores Anejo Tequila

Cazadores Anejo Tequila is made from 100% Blue Agave from the Los Altos region of Jalisco and then aged for at least 12 months in small style American White Oak Cask barrels.  The Cazadores Anejo is smooth and flavorful with a dry aftertaste.  The flavor has notes of honey and nuts with the complexity of a light smooth whiskey because of the extensive aging for a tequila.  The Cazadores Anejo is very good but didn’t perform as well as the Jose Cuervo and Patron.  The Cazadores Anejo is priced at about $38.

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The Cabo Wabo Anejo Tequila

The Leyenda del Milagro Reposado Tequila

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15 comments to The Tequila Trials: Patron Silver, 1800 Silver, Casa Noble Crystal, Jose Cuervo, Patron Anejo & Cazedores Anejo Tequila’s

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  • Sip

    Really. Really. Really? Yeah then i’ll go race a pinto and have some Authentic Mexican Food at Taco Bell. Ya’ll are just dumb.

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    Your joke doesn’t really work since Cuervo is actually Mexican.

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  • Tequilanator

    What I want to know, is *who* was actually taking part in the taste test: random people off the street, or tequila drinkers? Because JCG is completely vile. I could see someone who doesn’t drink tequila thinking JCG is better, because they have no experience with what makes a good tequila. Do I drink tequila, because it tastes more extreme, or because it tastes more mellow and smooth? I like the mellow, smooth anejos myself, and think JCG tastes like dumpster water. But hey, blind test so it has to be true right? Only if the testers are tequila newbs.

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    It sounds like you are the tequila newb here my friend. Straight Cuervo is actually light and smooth. People who call it vile are just flat out label whores, hoping the price makes a tequila taste better. The people who actually took part in this double blind were tequila pro’s period. The truth is the truth. It be’s like that sometimes papi.

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  • Julio Diego

    Can’t stand gold tequila but was disappointed Patron Platinum was not put up against other silvers. Platinum is my favorite tequila in american stores.

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    The darker tequila’s crush the silver’s. It’s not even close.

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  • John

    “This everyday tequila, often considered average and just for mixing, is actually the perfect sipping tequila.”

    WHAT????? Are you kidding me??? For sipping??? Jose Cuervo Gold is a mixto, which means it is only 51% blue agave, the rest being additives which cause hangovers. Whoever your tasters were who rated this the best should be fired or at least have their taste buds checked. Cazadores and Patron (both 100% agave) blow JC Gold away. The only thing JC Gold is good for is mixing mass amounts of margaritas at parties where the people don’t know what they’re drinking.

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    John, 1st of all, additives don’t cause hangovers, dehydration does. 2nd, have you ever had a blind taste test? There are a lot bottom shelf liquors that destroy top shelf liquers in spirit competitions all over the world. Just because it’s more expensive, or “100% Blue Agave” doesn’t mean it’s better. Don’t let price or marketing cloud your vision.

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  • harold

    Rating Cuervo Gold so highly wont win you any cool kid points with the tequila snobs (who seem to be almost as numerous as vodka snobs nowadays) but a blind test is a blind test. One of the most annoying things about alcohol appreciation is the tendency of so many to loudly express their contempt for any product that is cheap or (even worse) mainstream in order to bolster their credentials as true connoisseurs so this kind of honesty is a welcome change.

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    Harold, I couldn’t agree more. I admit, sometimes I am a snob and look down on less expensive products but it’s just silly. A blind taste test is a blind taste test, period.

    Yes, some premium liquors are excellent but so are some less expensive ones, no question about it. One of my favorite vodka’s is a $14 bottle of organic Prairie. It’s excellent. The same with Svedka, Stoli and many other main stream liquors.

    What I hate the most is some new gimicky “premium” liquors just double the price so they can be seen as premium, trying to make a reputation for themselves just because of the price.

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  • *45*

    well, hey it you dig it, then that is all that rally matters. but do this little trick for me, with each product you listed above – one per day though – take a small sip (5ml) and hold it in your mouth for as long as you can, then let me know how each one did.

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    I will actually try that, but that’s not really true to life for a taste test. Whenever sipping a drink, most people only have the alcohol in their mouths for a second or two. It could change which one seems better, but I wouldn’t put too much weight on it.

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  • *45*

    Kudos on the Casa Noble but, Cuervo gold…really??? dude, that is some of the most vile shyte on earth. your company must be owned by Diageo.

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    Matt Golstein Reply:

    Yup! Cuervo Gold! It was a blind taste test and Cuervo Gold beat out Patron & Cazadores easily…

    Let me just say this. This is Matt Goldstein writing to you. My company, Whiskey Goldmine, is owned by me! There are no liquor, beer, wine companies or whoever for that matter that determine the outcome of anything we write or any of our blind taste tests. NFW!

    As a matter of fact, I allow my team of writers to have as much creative license as they want. If I disagree with what they say, it’s OK. I would rather my audience hear a collective voice of opinions than one lone idiot such as myself. Dan and myself did not agree on every tequila at the taste test, but in the article, both of our voices came through.

    Yes, Cuervo Gold is a great sipping tequila. Fact! We challenge you to try it next to Patron and Cazadores and whatever other tequila for that matter. You’d be surprised.

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