Tequila is a distilled beverage produced mostly in the area surrounding Tequila, 65 kilometres northwest of Guadalajara, and in the Jaliscan Highlands of the central western Mexican state of Jalisco. Although all tequila is derived from the piñas of the blue agave plant, not all tequila tastes the same. Learn the distinctions between blanco, extra aejo, and everything in between.
The Different Types of Tequila
Tequila is classified into three types: blanco, reposado, and aejo, with two additional variants.
1. Tequila Blanco.
Blanco tequila, often known as silver tequila, is an unaged tequila made from the blue Weber agave and produced in one of Mexico's five western states. Look for bottles that say "100% blue agave" on the label. Margaritas are best made using blanco tequilas.
2. Tequila Joven.
A little proportion of aged tequila is usually combined with unaged tequila in blanco bottles branded "joven."
3. Tequila Reposado.
Tequila reposado is tequila that has been matured for at least two months and up to a year in American or European oak barrels. Reposado tequilas provide more vibrant, delicious Margaritas.
4. Tequila Añejo.
Tequila añejo is tequila that has been matured for at least a year in American or European oak barrels. (Some manufacturers may include other barrels in the ageing and blending process.) Aejo tequilas are best enjoyed neat or as a substitute base spirit in recipes that call for brown spirits like as whiskey.
5. Extra Añejo.
Extra añejo expressions are aged for a minimum of three years.
Although the colour of a tequila might indicate its age, avoid gold tequila, which is generally tequila added caramel colouring and artificial flavouring.
What Is the Difference Between Highland and Lowland Tequila?
Agave spirits, like wine, get a lot of their flavour from the terroir, or environmental circumstances, of the location where they're made. Highland tequilas have a gentle sweetness and a flowery scent, whilst lowland tequilas have a stronger herbaceous flavour and a distinct earthy minerality.
4 Classic Tequila Cocktail Recipes
Tequila complements a wide range of beverages and appears in a number of legendary drinks.
Tequila Sunrise: This drink is simple to create and is built straight in the glass—all you need is tequila, orange juice, and grenadine.
Paloma: A famous Mexican drink made with grapefruit-flavored soda and tequila. Fresh grapefruit juice may also be used to make a Paloma.
Margarita: Margarita translates to "daisy," a historic word for a sour that is sweetened with a liquor. Here's how to make the perfect Margarita.
Long Island Iced Tea: Long Island Iced Tea is known for its high alcohol content, which includes vodka, tequila, gin, rum, and triple sec.