During the last couple of years, tequila and mezcal have become more popular than they ever were, with many aficionados and connoisseurs of these spirits learning about the process and qualities of each distillate. There are different types of tequila, with Añejo, Reposado, and Blanco being the most common ones, and each having their very own flavor and texture. Now, these flavors might soon be found in another popular and cherished distillate.
The Scotch Whiskey Agency (SWA), which is the lobbying and marketing agency for the industry of Scotch, recently released a new set of guidelines regarding the process of aging Scotch. These guidelines are more relaxed than they used to, allowing the distillate to now be aged in barrels and casks that had been previously used for wine, beer, and tequila, among other spirits. As a result, we might be presented with the chance of whiskey flavored with hints of tequila, mezcal, Brazil’s cachaça, and even some Asian spirits.
According to the legal definition of the spirit, whiskey has to be distilled in Scotland in order to qualify as Scotch, using water and malted barley, and nothing but whole grains of other cereals can be added to the mix. It also has to be aged for a period of three years; a process that used to be carried out using only traditional oak casks. These were casks that had been used to hold sherry or bourbon, and there have been other barrels used lately, ones that had held cognac, port, and various kinds of red wine.
However, the new regulations that the SWA has just released would allow for whiskey to be aged using barrels that have been used to age different kinds of tequila, including añejo and reposado. As a result, the market would be receiving a new kind of whiskey, and even when not everybody might call the resulting versions of the spirit Scotch whiskeys, they might still be a valuable investment. This is because the market for rare whiskey has become one of the most profitable areas of investment during recent years.
Once tequila-flavored whiskeys hit the market, we might be seeing an interesting blend for aficionados of both spirits. We have seen that the tequila market keeps growing, and the popularity of the Mexican spirit has skyrocketed in the past couple of years. Now, it’s a matter of time before whiskey lovers become interested in trying out this new mix, which might lead them to discover their still unknown love for tequila.