I'm sure I can't be the only one who roams the web- this board in particular- with a snifter of something nice swirling next to the mouse. I'm actually a little surprised there isn't already a topic like this, if there is I didn't see it.
Anyway, right now I'm sipping my newest acquisition: El Tesoro Paradiso.
I realize it may not seem much of a score to those with access to better selections, but this is easily one of the best Tequilas I have ever seen on a shelf locally. (only others I've seen anywhere near this quality are DJ 1942 and JC Reserva de le Familia, and those two are very rare here) And I do not exaggerate when I say I have visited at last 100 liquor stores in my tiny little postage stamp state of Connecticut. This is the first time I've seen Paradiso on a shelf here. There was one bottle. The store is run by a friend of mine, who said his distributor got one case for the whole state, and pushed a bottle on him. He didn't want to take it, because he didn't think he'd sell it, but then one of his customers asked for it so he took it and put it on the shelf for $135. With tax, she'd have been out the door for about $145.
Anyway, According to my buddy this woman is a first rate [something not very nice], and he didn't particularly want her to get it. He pulled out his invoice to see what he paid for it ($126) and gave it to me at cost. I know I've seen it for less online, but then you pay exorbitant shipping, yadda yadda yadda. And I like to support my local places, and give them a reason to agree when I encourage them to carry higher ticket things they aren't as likely to sell. So, I brought it home. I was a bit apprehensive, as some of the reviews here weren't as glowing as I'd have liked. Since the biggest gripe seemed to be from someone who took it from a shot glass, I bit the bullet and bought it anyway. El Tesoro Añejo was my favorite when I first discovered it years ago, so I was gambling on that. Granted, every bottle of it tasted different, and the last several were nowhere near as good as the first two so I eventually gave up on it. I haven't yet tried the much acclaimed 70th or 75th ETs, so perhaps I don't know what I'm missing, but I find this Paradiso to be outstanding. Aroma could be a bit more interesting, but the taste deliveres just fine. I wouldn't buy it again, but I certainly don't regret the purchase. I think I should see if he can get me a break on the 1942 and JC RdlF...