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Know Your Tequila

According to Imbibe Magazine (which is one of my new favorites), tequila is gaining popularity and prestige. In fact, for the last two years, high-end tequila has even outsold single-malt scotch in US. Since tequila seems to be on the rise, I figure we might as well learn about the different kinds (all of which must be at least 51% blue agave juice and produced in the Tequila Region of Mexico).

  • Gold: Value tequilas that get their color from added caramel colorings.
  • Blanco (aka Silver): Unaged, clear tequila.
  • 100 Percent Blue Agave: Premium tequila made with 100% certified blue agave. It has no added colors, flavors or sugars. May be Blanco, Añejo or Reposado.
  • Reposado (aka Rested): Aged 60-364 days in wooden barrels (like wine) - the barrel provides the golden color.
  • Añejo (aka Aged): Aged 1-3 years, also in wooden barrels. The longer aging provides a richer copper color.
  • Extra-Añejo (aka Reserva/Reserved): Aged 3 years+ in wooden barrels (which are often secondhand bourbon barrels) - copper or amber in color.

Source: Imbibe Magazine

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SU3 SU3 10 years
I've been looking for an easy to read description of the different tequilas!! You saved me! Thanks for posting this... even if it is some what of an old post! :)
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
aww poor you mandie lol
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
used to love tequila shots but i cant seem to stomach them anymore recently! :(
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
i love Patron!
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