Learning how to distinguish each of the different types of tequila might sound harder than it actually is for most of us. However, knowing the differences will help us choose the right tequila for our palate, depending on our personal preferences. This is why we decided to bring you a quick an easy guide to the main types of tequila you may run into.
Each brand might have different names for it, but the types of spirit remain the same, really. With this being said, we’ll talk about the characteristics of tequila Blanco, Reposado, Añejo, and Extra Añejo. After reading this quick guide, finding the perfect tequila for your taste should be fast and simple.
This is the purest form of the spirit. Tequila Blanco will give you the true taste, smell, and essence of tequila, as it doesn’t include any aging process or added flavors to it. If you are looking to try the actual taste of the Blue Agave, tequila Blanco is the right choice for you. This will also let you taste the true expertise of the distiller and the natural sweetness of the spirit. You might find this under the Silver category, depending on the brand, but look for the crystal color and you won´t have any trouble.
The next type of tequila we have in line might be one of the most common to find out there. Tequila Reposado is the rested version of the spirit. Producers age it in oak barrels anywhere from 2 months to 1 year. The resin and tannins of the barrels help give it shape and softness. The result is the perfect balance between the taste of the Agave and the wood. It is the golden color tequila acquires during the aging process that differentiate it from the Blanco spirit at first sight.
Tequila Añejo is one of the most popular types of tequila, too. The word “añejo” means “old” in Spanish, which basically defines this spirit. Producers age this tequila for a period between 1 and 3 years in wooden barrels that don’t t exceed 600 liters. During the aging process, tequila Añejo will acquire a peculiar amber color. Also, its taste will become smoother yet richer and more complex. We can enjoy it better when we drink it as a sipping tequila instead of using it to prepare cocktails.
Tequila Extra Añejo
Last but not least, we have the Tequila Extra Añejo. This is a quite recent category which has been around since 2006. It applies to tequilas with aging periods longer than 3 years. The production of tequila Extra Añejo must follow the same requirements as tequila Añejo. However, because of the longer aging period, the spirit acquirers a much darker, mahogany kind of color. As a result, it becomes smoother than Añejo, too. Also, this might be harder to find as it is more expensive and valuable than any other type of tequila.