Types of Tequila

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It is finally the weekend, and you’re out on the town with friends.  Before a night of activities, you decide dinner is in order.  After a quick search, everyone agrees on La Santa Tacos and Tequila. How can you go wrong with authentic Mexican dishes and one of the best bars in Tynsborough MA? The hard part is choosing which drink and meal to order.  With over 50 types of tequila, the question “what type of tequila” may be daunting to many people.

Blanco (Silver)

In its purest form, Blanco tequila earned its name from its clear color. As with all tequila, only the blue agave plant can be used in production.  Although some Blanco tequilas may be aged up to 2 months, there is generally no aging process.  Freshly distilled there is no room for error from the distiller.  Blanco tequila is bottled directly from distilling revealing its true taste to the consumer.

Joven (Gold)

Joven tequilas are typically a Mixto.  This is a blend of 51% blue agave to 49% cane sugar. The sugar ratio can also contain added ingredients like caramel coloring, flavoring extract, and sugar syrup.  Because of the caramel coloring, Joven is also known as Gold tequila.  This type of tequila, along with Blanco, are typically used in mixed drinks like margaritas.

Reposado

Some margarita drinkers also go to Reposado as their tequila of choice.  Aged between 2 months to 1 year, Reposado takes on a smoother taste than Blanco or Joven.  The aging process occurs in oak barrels.  The wood barrel gives the tequila a balance in flavor between the oak and agave.  Reposado has been known to age in bourbon, whiskey, cognac, or wine barrels.  Tequila will inherit the flavor of the original spirit.

Anejo

For those who prefer to sip their tequila, Anejo is an excellent choice.  Extra aged a minimum of 1 year and no more than 3, Anejo tequila is aged in oak barrels. The aging process creates an amber hue and gives way to flavors of agave and, often, vanilla.

Extra Anejo

The newest class of tequilas came about in 2006.  Extra Anejo is ultra-aged at a minimum of 3 years in oak. Unlike the other tequilas, there is no time limit on aging with Extra Anejo.  This has opened new doors for the tequila collector. Mahogany in color, Extra Anejo is required to be diluted with distilled water because of the high alcohol content it produces.

 

Now that you have a better idea of what you’re ordering have fun experimenting! With thousands of brands available, the choice is yours.  Open seven days a week, make La Santa your next bar in Tyngsborough MA.  Visit them online to view their selection of tequilas.

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