When shopping for tequila do you get confused by the different terms used to describe them? Don’t worry, you are not alone! There is a great deal of confusion around tequila as we have discovered from the questions we often hear.
The first usually centers around why some tequilas say they are made with agave while others say 100% agave. To be considered a tequila the product must use more than 50% agave, but many connoisseurs would say that to be a true tequila in their mind it has to be 100%. So keep an eye on the label, you can still find some good values made with 100% agave.
The second most common question centers around the difference between tequila’s three major classifications: Silver (or blanco), Reposado, and Anejo. Silver is the freshly distilled liquor that does not age at all.
Reposado is “rested” for anywhere between two and eleven months in oak barrels. Reposado tequilas get a faint brown or gold color naturally from the wood. Be wary of “Gold” tequilas that often use artificial coloring to make them appear aged.
Anejo means that the tequila is aged for more than a year in oak barrels. These tequilas are often darker in color and have settle vanilla or toasty notes from the barrels. They also have very smooth finishes.
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