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When you go out to a bar with friends, you want to be educated on the type of liquor you’re drinking. Become a tequila expert is surprisingly easy, and can be achieved by exploring the drink’s aging processes and tasting some of the top tequilas in the industry.

There are four official aging qualities to tequila: blanco, reposado, añejo, and extra añejo.

Blanco

Blanco tequila rests for up to 60 days before bottling. It’s typically clear and relatively unaged, so the natural agave sweetness of the drink is still present. In this category, try Avion tequila for a smooth, spicy taste.

Reposado

Reposado tequila is aged from 60 days up to a full year. Reposado tequila is a popular choice all over the world because the aging process mellow the drink without killing the agave flavor. Much of the liquor for sale in Dacula is this kind of tequila. This type is also referred to as “rested” or “aged” and are usually aged in wooden barrels, often American or French oak. Over time, reposado tequila takes on a warm, golden yellow color. Occasionally, this type of alcohol is aged in wine barrels to give them a unique flavor. A good reposado candidate to try is Chinaco – its smooth taste includes notes of pine. Also try Herradura, which is citrusy with flavors of honey, lemon, and vanilla.

Añejo

Añejo tequila is aged one to three years, usually in oaken barrels. Distillers must age this type of alcohol for at least one year in barrels that do not exceed 600 liters. This process darkens the tequila to a deep amber color and makes it taste smoother and richer than other versions. Casa Noble is a good representative of this kind of tequila – it’s aged in French white oak barrels. Good añejo tequilas can be found via liquor online specials in Dacula.

Extra Añejo

Extra añejo tequila is a recent addition to tequila categories. It was added in 2006 and refers to any tequila aged more than three years. This increased aging time turns the tequila a dark mahogany color, and it becomes more difficult to distinguish between this and other aged spirits. Sometimes, it’s blended with even older tequila, making the taste of extra añejo tequila more complex than its less aged counterparts. Cabo Uno, an extra añejo tequila, is a good choice, featuring layers of vanilla and spice with a mellow finish.

Expand your horizons and impress your friends with your increased tequila knowledge the next time you go out, and try some of the top tequilas currently on the market.

 

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