Tequila originates from Mexico and is distilled from the blue agave plant. Although it is more commonly associated with hazy shots towards the end of the night, Tequila is a drink that deserves more attention.
Tequila comes in multiple varieties and from many producers but make sure you always go for 100% blue agave Tequila. Mixtos Tequilas use added sugars and they never taste as smooth.
Overall there are three main styles of Tequila:
Tequila Blanco (sometimes called Silver or Plata). This is unaged clear Tequila that is usually bottled immediately after the distillation process. It comes with a fresh citrusy taste that complements the strong flavours of agave.
Our favourite is Patron Silver.
Reposado ("rested") is Tequila that has been aged in oak barrels for between 2 months and a year. The aging process softens the harsher taste of Tequila Blanco resulting in a much more complex and smooth flavour with notes of oak from the barrels.
Our choice is Gran Centenario Reposado.
Añejo (literally "aged”) Tequilas are meant for sipping. They’re aged in oak barrels in much the same way as Cognac. And they should be drunk the same way too, ideally out of a snifter to allow as much of the aroma as possible to be trapped inside the glass. As well as the agave, you can often detect subtle hints of chocolate, vanilla, dried fruits or leather from the oak aging.
For a stunning aged Tequila, go for Don Julio Añejo.