You might believe that there are only two types of tequila – the ultra-expensive or ultra-premium one and the cheap one. However, the truth is that there are 5 various forms of tequila and there are differences between how they’re aged and how they’re made.
Tequila has a couple of the strictest restrictions. It can be only made in particular areas of Mexico. It should only be manufactured in the area that surrounds the city of Tequila in order for a liquor to be categorized as tequila. Before you purchase a bottle of teremana tequila, here are several types of tequila:
Extra Añejo Tequila
Extra Añejo Tequila has only been accepted since 2006. This type of tequila has the same exact aging and distilling method as Añejo tequila. However, the extra Añejo Tequila is aged a bit longer. This type of tequila is categorized as one that’s aged for more than 3 years. The extra Añejo tequila is still aged in a barrel. It has a darker color compared to the regular Añejo. It also has a dark mahogany shade. The extra Añejo tequila is the most luxurious because of its long aging process. However, it will be the smoothest type. The alcohol content should be diluted using water after the aging process.
For those who don’t know, the Spanish word for old is Añejo. This means that Añejo Tequila is aged for a long time. Typically, the minimum is 1 year and it should not exceed for 3 years. It’s aged in oak barrels. According to the Mexican government, the tequila should only age in oak barrels with a maximum capacity of 600 liters for it to be considered Añejo. In general, this type of tequila is aged in cognac barrels, French oak casks, or whiskey barrels. Añejo are smoother, richer, and more complex in flavor and darker in color compared to reposado.
Reposado tequila is known as rested or aged. This type of tequila is controlled by the Mexican government and is aged in oak barrels for at least 2 months and maximum of 1 year. Usually, this type of tequila is aged in French oak barrels and white oak where tannins and resins shape the tequila’s flavor. A lot of various forms of wood barrels provide the tequila various flavors because the barrels are utilized previously to age other spirits. This includes bourbon, whiskey, cognac, and wine.
This clear type of tequila is known as plata or silver tequila. Blanco tequila isn’t aged. Usually, it is directly packaged and bottled after being distilled. A couple of distillers enable the spirit to settle and finish for a couple of weeks in the tanks before they bottle it. Blanco tequila is in its purest form and provides the real flavors of the blue agave plant because it is not aged in barrels. A couple of distillers call this type of tequila as the “essence of tequila” since it provides the most genuine appeal of the natural sweetness of the blue agave.