Surprisingly, not a lot of people know much about tequila. Made as per regulations in selected parts of Mexico, especially in and around the city of Tequila, this spirit is all about fun. In this post, we are discussing more on things like anejo and reposado tequila, and other aspects that starters need to know!
Categories of tequila
Tequila can be divided into two categories. The first one is made from just sugars from agave plant. Then there is the second one, which has 51% agave, with glucose/fructose in the mix. If you check at any local shop in your area, you may find a bunch of options, but there are basically five types of tequila – añejo, joven, blanco,reposado, and extra añejo. Some of the best tequilas in the world come from Highlands of Jalisco.
Knowing the options
Unless you are aware of how each tequila is aged and different from others, you may have a hard time making a choice. Here is a quick overview of each –
Blanco is also called silver tequila, and it is bottled right after the process of distillation. Since there is no aging involved, this tequila brings the best experience of blue agave.
For the uninitiated, Joven in Spanish means Young. Joven is also called gold tequila, because of its color. This tequila is flavored with specific ingredients, such as sugar, which adds to the color. Joven is inexpensive and therefore, often used for making specific drinks and cocktails.
Reposado is aged tequila, which has been resting in a barrel for at least two to three months. Only certain kind of oak barrels are used for storing this tequila. Reposado is not aged for more than a year.
Añejo is also aged tequila, but the spirit is rested in oak barrels for at least a year. This tequila is not aged beyond three years. Mexican government has strict rules on how this kind of tequila is made. Because of the aging, it certainly tastes better than reposado.
- Extra añejo
The name says it all. The process of making extra añejo tequila is same as añejo tequila, except that the resting time in oak barrels is more than three years. If you don’t mind spending on your tequila, this is the option to go for.
Make time for the tequila Expo in Arizona to know more and try some of the best tequilas.