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It’s all about the Tequila Taste…

So, we’ve advised on how to appreciate the colour and smell of tequila – now let’s look how best to taste.

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Taste:

 

When tasting tequila, try letting it linger in your mouth for twenty seconds. This will warm the liquid and make sure your taste buds can truly perceive the flavours. Then try sucking in a little air. This means all the components and bouquet of the tequila can be appreciated.

 

We recommend 100% Agave tequila, since this is the premium quality and otherwise the mixed variety can be as little as 51% tequila. Now see what you’re trying from the list below:

 

Blanco and Silver Tequilas: These tequilas can be sipped but are best in cocktails. They have a more brisk, peppery taste with perhaps some herbal or vegetal hints. These tequilas aren’t rested in barrels, hence the lack of woody taste and colour.

We recommend: Olmeca Altos Blanco and Tapatio Blanco

Gold Tequilas: These are blends of Blancos and aged Tequilas. Look out for the notes of caramel. They are also less sharp that Blanco tequilas.

Reposado Tequila: Reposado means ‘rested’, and have been aged for minimum two months but not longer than a year. Also good for cocktails, the taste is a balance between the wood flavours and the agave.

We recommend: Calle 23 Reposado and Don Fulano Reposado 

Anejo Tequilas: Also known as ‘aged’ tequilas, these have rested in oak barrels for anywhere between one and three years. These tequilas make for excellent sipping, and can be appreciated for the oak taste that quells the slightly ‘vegetal’ taste of younger varieties.

We recommend: Ocho Anejo and Siete Leguas Anejo

Extra Anejo: These are wonderfully oaky tequilas that deserve to be sipping, and have been aged for a minimum of three years in oak. When you taste these tequilas then it’s best to truly appreciate the woody taste sensation. They are incredibly smooth and complex.

 

 

We recommend: Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Famila and Tapatio Excellencia 

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Now you have all the skills to truly appreciate tequila, why not drop into El Camion and ask our bartenders to recommend you a new variety to try? We have over 80 different tequilas, and over 30 different mezcals, so you can get your connoisseur hat on and test out our advice!

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The El Camion Tequila Appreciation Society

Here at El Cam we believe tequila should be savoured and treated with a certain deference – it’s not all about the salt n’ lemon shots, you know! There are so many different varieties and nuances to this Mexican spirit that good tequila should be appreciated – and we’re here to help you do that. We sell over 80 different tequilas, and over 30 different mezcals. So next time you’re trying a new tequila, experiment with Part One of these Tasting Tips:

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Sight:

 

Tequila should be served in a clear glass so you can get a good view of the colour of your spirit. The best way to establish the true colour is by looking straight into the centre of the glass when it is held against something white. You can find out the tequila’s body by tilting the glass and seeing how it clings to the side, much as with tasting wine for its ‘legs’.

 

It is important to remember that sometimes Gold (Oro) Tequilas are artificially coloured with caramel colouring, while some of the finest aged Reposado, Añejo and Extra Añejo Tequilas acquire a golden colour from the wooden barrels in which they age.

 

 

Smell:

 

Firstly, smell the tequila while the glass is still, to get a first impression. Next, gently swirl the liquid in the glass so that the aroma is enhanced by increased surface area. You can taste tequila from three different angles, and it’s important to use your sense of smell on each. See if you can recognise these scents:

 

  • Lower rim, closest to mouth: a vey strong scent of alcohol
  • The centre of the glass: spices, honey, vanilla, or any other ingredients that have been used to cure the barrel.
  • Inside rim, furthest from mouth: usually the most authentic smell, removed from the alcohol scent – try and notice the woody taste from the barrel.

 

So, has this encouraged you to come and try some new tequila?! It certainly makes us want to give more a go! Tune into the next El Camion blog on Friday to learn how to make the most of Touch and Taste