Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Did You Know?... About Tequila

Tequila is an alcohol distilled from the Blue Agave cactus, native to the region around the city of Tequila in Mexico. It is a strong liquor, usually at about 40% alcohol but ranging up to 50%. The flavors can vary depending on where it was grown and the aging process, but it tends towards sweet flavors with hints of flowers and herbs in its simplest form, smoothed out by smokey oak flavors as it is aged in barrels. It comes in four styles, classified by the aging process:

  • Blanco: "White", fermented for two months in stainless steel, but otherwise un-aged.
  • Reposado: "Rested", aged between two months to one year in oak barrels
  • Anejo: "Aged", spends one to three years in oak barrels
  • Extra Anejo: Aged up to 18 years in oak

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