Did you know there are five types of Tequila within two main categories, one that is 100% Blue Agave and Tequila Mixto (mixed or blended)? With so many styles out there, we wanted to give you the tequila 101 class on what you may be buying.
At Taqueria 27, we often have over 40 different tequilas on our shelves. Chef Todd Gardiner is a virtuoso when it comes to Tequila. As a tequila-lover, he loves having a wide variety for customers to enjoy. Taqueria 27 has one of the best selections of Tequila in the state of Utah. Todd is thrilled that Tequila has gained some street cred.
“We love that tequila is finally being looked at as a fine spirit, rather than just an inexpensive college party drink,” said Chef Todd.
Kristin Gardiner, the co-owner of Taqueria 27, has not always been a fan of Tequila like she is now. Tasting many different types of the spirit category expanded not only her knowledge but also her taste buds. Now, she has a few favorites.
“My love of tequila is due to Todd’s influence,” Kristin said. “I enjoy sipping tequila at home, served neat, but will have a margarita when in the restaurant.”
Did you know? A Tequila bottle must say it is 100% if it is indeed that and must be bottled within the 6 areas in the state of Jalisco along with a few outlying areas.
Mixto is a mixture of 51% Blue Agave and 49% other sugars. These mixtures create the caramel color and can be bottled outside of Tequila territory. The label on these Tequilas will simply say ‘Tequila.’
These Tequilas are typically a Mixto, colorants, and flavorings have been added. These Tequilas are less expensive and often used in restaurants for mixed drinks. Here are Taqueria 20, we only serve tequilas that are 100% Weber Blue Agave. So you won’t find any of these here!
Silver, Blanco, Plata, White or Platinum
There are lots of names for the youngest tequilas of the bunch. These are made with 100 % Weber Blue Agave. It is clean, clear, and not aged, and is usually bottled directly after distillation.
Reposado Tequila is the first stage of aged and rested Tequila. It is aged in wood barrels for at least two months but not longer than 1 year. The Tequila will take on a golden color and taste of both Agave and wood flavors.
Means “Aged,” and this Tequila has aged for at least one year in wood barrels. This will produce a Tequila of an Amber color, and the flavor may be deeper and smoother.
This means “Extra Aged’ and was an added classification in the summer of 2006. Extra aged Tequila has been aged over 3 years, but can be longer. They are often aged in used wine, sherry, or bourbon barrels, which makes