Everything surrounding the backdrops of this monumental drink is full of the richness of life. The exuberant flavors of tequila have come to be yearned for any occasion that calls for the sweet sirens of alcohol; there’s an overwhelming spike of zest that takes hold and injects life into the spirit every time you take a sip of this drink—it devilishly warms and soothes the soul.
In 1656, the little town of Tequila, Mexico was beginning to take their initial steps as a newly found community by producing their own local delicacies and distributing them throughout the country. A man by the name of Jose Cuervo seized his entrepreneurial spirit by putting tequila on the national market.
As the 1800s came to a close, tequila made its way to be imported to the United States as well as across international waters. With the Mexican Revolution under way, and with the burgeoning ravages of the incoming World War coming to a close, tequila began establishing its roots on a more popular scale.
The defining ingredient that makes tequila what it is, is the Agave Plant. An Agave plant has to be fully grown for about 10 years in order to be ready to have its fermented juices mixed with water and distilled for the production of Tequila. Beneath ground level and alongside the plant’s roots is a pineapple-like bulb, carefully baked until its starches are transformed into sugar.
There is a Mexican law that all tequilas should contain at least 51% of Weber Blue Agave, before being permitted to be bottled and distributed. Non-100% pure tequilas are known as ‘Mixto’ because of their water and sugar blend. In this current day, 100% Agave Tequilas are mainly what’s on the market. Tequila distillation is performed in a pot or column until about 110 proof level is reached. Certain tequilas get their brown color from caramel additives or in other cases, barrel aging.
Blanco (silver or white) Tequila is mainly used as a cocktail mix tequila due to it being a clear spirit. Joven (Gold) Tequilas are typically and notoriously drank as ‘shots,’ and have been iconic as quite the party starter.
Reposado Tequila can be viewed as a sort of ‘middle-ground’ between the two aforementioned blends. Through the years, this Tequila’s distillation has also been more refined by being aged in used bourbon barrels. Añejo Tequilas are also known to be distilled in used bourbon barrels, however, what makes this tequila unique is the emphasis on ‘age’ –some of the greatest Añejo drinks have been aged for more than 4 years.
Tequila aficionados or even regular enthusiasts like to wrap their tastes in the Pure vs. Mixto debate when it comes to a variety of factors in the assessment of a brand. Some forward that Mixtos carry a certain softened agave character to them.
Premium Tequilas are marked by their maturity. The flavorful character of this tequila is something along the lines of a white pepper, grass, and petrol texture. To this day, the clear, light gold, and radiating rich ambers of a fine tequila still send the same fiery burning sensation of boisterous energy down people’s throats.
Here are some of the most ideal and accessible tequila brands in the market today:
- Casa Noble Añejo has its heritage traced back to the latter period of 1700s. To this day, it is being harvested and fermented in a family estate. This drink owes its mature sensation to being triple distilled for 2 years in French Limousine Oak.
- Casa Noble Crystal is fermented from a fully aged Agave of about 14 years, upon harvest is then roasted with steam for 28 hours, after which, a honey substance and sweet agave liquid are then extracted.
- Jose Cuervo Gold, also known as just Cuervo Gold, this mass produced brand has come to be known as the “poster child” for tequila; it’s the number 1 sold brand across the globe. This Mixto blend of Blanco and Reposado is distilled with 51% Blue Weber Agave and the remain percent being sugar cane mixture with caramel based coloring.
- Patron Añejo has a reputation of being an up-scale brand on American soil. This tequila is produced with traditional methods of which the agave’s pineapple-bulbs are crushed with giant stones in order to seep its fermented juice extracts.
- Patron Silver is another iconic brand in the tequila populace. The first to be labelled as an ‘ultra-premium,’ this trusted tequila recipe owes its distinct, clear spirit qualities from Tahona-method crushed pure Blue Weber Agave, and is purposely unaged.
- Patron XO Café is a definite outlier in the tequila family. This blend is signified by its grandiose mixture with naturally fine coffee beans. It is spectacular to sip on its own, but it also makes a great cocktail ingredient or a scrumptious dessert addition because it adds that extra kick.
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