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