Tequila Tasting

Tequila Tasting - Tequila Plant

How to Tequila Taste Like a Pro:

  1. The first step in tequila tasting is to have the right glassware. You want glassware that will allow the aromas to breathe to ensure full richness and taste. If you don’t own a proper tequila glass, you can substitute a Champagne flute or white wine glass.
  2. Now, take a very small sip of the tequila and allow it to seep onto your tongue while rubbing it around your cheeks and gum areas. This will get your palette primed for further tasting.
  3. Take *small* sniffs of the tequila while the glass is still. Then, take small sniffs of the tequila while lightly swirling the glass to release the aromas.
  4. Ready to taste: start by taking a very small sip, breathe through your nose, swallow and exhale.
  5. Repeat this step until you have distinguished the taste.
  6. Before moving onto the next type of tequila, cleanse your palette with a sip of Sangria or water.

Tequila Tasting - Tequila Shot

Flavors & Tastes to Note:

  1. Highland Agave Tequilas (grown at higher altitudes) typically have hints of fruit; sweet and citrus.
  2. Lowland Agave Tequilas (grown at lower altitudes and drier soil) have hints of mineral, pepper, and earthy notes.

Tequila Tasting - 100% Agave Tequila

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Kinds of Tequila

There are two kinds of Tequila: Mixtos & 100% Agave

  • Mixtos: Mix of agave and up to 49% other sugars.
  • 100% Agave: No use of fructose or additional sugars used in the fermentation process.
  1. White or Silver (Blanco): Typically 100% Agave Not normally aged. Less than 60 days old. Most traditional type
  2. Gold, Joven or Joven Abocado (Young and Smoothed): Mixto Blanco or Silver with added ingredients to give golden color.
  3. Reposado (Rested): Blanco that has been aged in wooden barrels. Must be aged for 2 months to one year.
  4. Anejo (Vintage or Extra Aged) Must be aged in sealed oak barrels for a minimum of one year.
  5. Extra Anejo (Ultra Aged) Must be aged in sealed oak barrels for a minimum of three years.
  6. Reserva de Casa Typically made in short supply, higher-end, and premium tequila.
  7. Flavored Tequila & Liqueur Can be both 100% Agave or Mixtos.

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Tequila Tasting

Fun Facts:

  • Tequila is made from the heart of the agave plant which can range from 80-200 pounds.
  • In order for it to be called Tequila, it must be produced in Mexico. This is known as the Denomination of Origin.
  • In 1918, a flu epidemic in Mexico encouraged doctors to prescribe a medicinal cocktail consisting of tequila, salt, and lime to sick patients. This was known as the “Tequila Boom”.