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Tequila is a Mexican distillate with Denomination of Origin that is made from the heads of Agave tequilana weber blue variety. We review what the classes and categories of tequila are and what they are drunk with.
Tequila is divided into two categories: Tequila 100% agave and Tequila.
Tequila “100% agave” or “100% pure agave” must be made only with sugars from the “agave tequilana weber blue variety”.
“Tequila” is made with at least 51% of blue variety tequilana weber agave sugars. Susceptible to be enriched and mixed with other sugars in a proportion not greater than 49%. These sugars can come from sources such as sugar cane, corn syrup, and fruit.
5 kinds of tequila
The classes of tequila are: blanco, oven, reposado, añejo and extra añejo.
The quality of a white tequila and a reposado tequila can be the same, what changes are the notes it acquires depending on the time it spends in contact with the wood of the barrels. “A reposado tequila was once a white tequila,” notes the Casa Sauza distillery.
In reposado or aged tequilas, the wood adds flavors that mask the alcohol and can make the distillate feel smoother on the palate. The wood gives reposado or aged tequila notes of vanilla and toasted seeds.
White or Silver
White tequila does not come into contact with wood, it is crystalline, transparent and colorless.
Young or Gold
Young tequila is the result of mixing white with reposados, añejos or extra añejos. The Tequila Regulatory Council points out that young tequila is a product that can be sold; a procedure to soften the taste of tequila, through the addition of one or more of the following ingredients: caramel color, natural oak extract, glycerin, and sugar-based syrup.
Rested or Aged
Reposado tequila must be matured in oak or oak wood containers for at least two months. Likely to be doomed.
Old or Extra aged
Añejo tequila should last at least one year in oak or oak wood containers. Likely to be doomed.
Extra Añejo or Ultra aged
Extra aged tequila must be matured for at least three years in direct contact with the wood of oak or oak containers. It is a product that can be doomed.
White tequila is perfect for preparing cocktails. “In the end, they will give you the result you are looking for in a cocktail, which is to get fresh notes from the product,” says Casa Sauza.
The best way to drink aged tequilas is to drink them in their pure state to be able to taste all the notes they have acquired during their resting time.. Mixing with other drinks can distract from the flavor of the tequila.
To drink tequila you don’t necessarily have to serve it in a shot or shot, you can also taste it in a glass, like the Riedel glass, created to enjoy tequila; in a Martini glass; An aged tequila can also be served in a small glass with a little ice.
You can enjoy a good tequila in sips, just like a good scotch or whiskey.
Some beverage experts suggest that dispensing with salt and lemon allows you to fully enjoy the notes of tequila.
Chilling the tequila too much can also cause the tequila to lose some of its flavor and smell characteristics.
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