Gone are the days of the fearsome tequila bottle with the worm in the bottom, waiting to burn the throats and souls of those daring to drink it. Tequila has become on of the more popular spirits, being seen in shot glasses and margarita machines across the globe. The popularity of tequila is moderately surprising, given its extremely limited ingredient availability and smaller production volumes.
Anyone going through a midlife crisis probably envies reposado tequila. That's a little thing called "the best of both worlds. To get there, it's aged for two to 11 months, allowing it to rest just enough to take the edge off without maturing too much.
Aside from differences in region of origin, tequila is a type of mezcal and the regions of production of the two drinks are overlapping. The red volcanic soil in the region around the city of Tequila is particularly well suited to the growing of the blue agave, and more than million of the plants are harvested there each year. Blue agaves grown in the highlands Los Altos region are larger in size and sweeter in aroma and taste.
Today's tequila market is more complex than it ever has been, with many brands of tequila to choose from and, just like any liquor, tequila brands are diverse. The brands listed are only a representation of the tequila market. As you will see, the prices can vary greatly. A general rule is that the higher the price, the higher the quality.
The Distilled Spirits Council also reports that the super-premium category of tequila has seen a whopping percent growth sinceand the trade association's spokeswoman Kelley McDonough says that the agave spirit is "no longer only associated with celebrations such as Cinco de Mayo or enjoyed in pre-batched frozen margaritas at a beach bar. So sit back, grab a few of these bottles, and see for yourself why tequila is well on its way to becoming the next liquor to appeal to sippers worldwide. This white ceramic, hand painted decanter holds some pretty tasty reposado tequila.
Seriously, Mexican law actually states that no liquor can be labeled tequila unless it comes from the western state of Jalisco or select districts of other Mexican states. With Casamigos Reposado Tequila you can get some of the best around, and aged for 7 months. It is made from hand-chosen Blue Weber agaves, which are grown in the red clay soil and chiller climate of Mexico's Jalisco Highlands.
This drink hits you hard. Really hard. Consumed neat, it can knock the stuffing out of you. Even a tequila cocktail is sure to make you feel warm on a January evening in Ladakh.
You always knew you'd age out of knocking back tequila shots in bars with sticky floors. Little did you know tequila could mature right along with you. No judgments if you didn't evolve quite as rapidly.
When it comes to super-aged alcoholic beverages, whiskeys get all of the attention with their decades-old vintages. Tequila producers are playing a bit of catch up in the aging game. Unlike whiskeys, which often boast about the amount of time the liquid matures in an oak barrel in a process meant to improve taste, most tequilas sit in barrels for just a year or two. Some tequila producers have increasingly boasted about their highly aged drinks, which come with a hefty price tag and limited volume — a successful strategy the whiskey industry has relied on for years.