This is the Blue Agave Spirit in its purest form. It is clear and typically un-aged, where the true flavors and the intensity of the Agave are present, as well as the natural sweetness. This is the ‘essence’ of the Tequilero’s art and, therefore, the benchmark for which his tequila is appreciated. There are some Blancos that are aged for up to 2 months to provide a smoother spirit.
A Reposado Tequila is the first stage of "rested and aged." The Tequila is aged in wood barrels or storage tanks between 2 months and 11 months. The spirit takes on a golden hue and the taste becomes a good balance between the Agave and wood flavors. Many different types of wood barrels are used for aging, with the most common being American or French oak. Some Tequilas are aged in used bourbon / whiskey, cognac, or wine barrels, and will inherit unique flavors from the previous spirit.
After aging for at least one year, Tequila can then be classified as an "Añejo." The distillers are required to age Añejo Tequila in barrels. This aging process darkens the Tequila to an amber color, and the flavor can become smoother, richer, and more complex.
Tequila Extra Añejo
Each of these Tequilas has been aged for at least three years. What happens to the tequila in the barrels has been called magical--really taking the “juice” to a whole new level. If you are a bourbon or whiskey drinker, these are the Tequilas for you!
These Tequilas don’t quite fit in any other category. Each is interesting in its own right, so take a look, and ask your server to help you choose one!