Tequila is the spirit of Mexico. It is distilled from the blue agave plant and is made in the areas surrounding the city of Tequila.
True 100% Blue Agave Tequila is the smoother and better tasting tequila. Mixto is the name for tequila that uses less than 51% agave. The rest of the flavor comes from sugars. Mixtos should be avoided at all costs. Not only does Mixto tequila have a harsher taste, it also leaves you with a pretty bad hang over.
Tequila comes in five types: Blanco, Joven, Reposado, Añejo, and Extra Añejo.
Blanco tequila is also called silver. It is unaged and bottled almost immediately after distilling. If it is aged, it is stored in a stainless steel barrel.
Joven tequila is unaged silver tequila that has color from added flavoring like carmel or is mixed with aged tequilas.
Resposado tequila has been aged a minimum of two months but less than a year in oak barrels.
Añejo tequila has been aged more than one year but less than three in smaller oak barrels.
Extra Añejo tequila has been aged a minimum of three years.
Olmeca Altos Plata
Blanco Tequila made with 100% Agave. Sweet tasting with a hint of citric.
Espolón Tequila Reposado
Made with 100% Agave. Aged 6 months in American oak barrels. Spicy taste with hint of caramel fudge.
Familia Camarena Silver
Blanco Tequila made with 100% Agave. More herbal tasting with notes of vanilla and spices.