Types of Tequila | Main Ingredient Blue Agave Plant
Types of Tequila – Main Ingredient Blue Agave Plant
Tequila is made out of one main ingredient- the blue agave plant. This is because in order to be classified as Tequila as regulated by The Tequila Regulatory Council tequila must possess 51% of the sugars produced from fermentation of the blue agave plant. There are different types of tequila that exist on the market within more than a thousand brands and labels. The classification of the type of tequila is determined by several factors including the time that it aged, how much of the blue agave sugars it is comprised of, and where it is manufactured and distilled.
The most ground-breaking news for tequila came in the year 2006 when the strict laws that prohibited tequila from being bottled outside the perimeters and territories of Jalisco were removed. Now Tequila can be bottled and distilled almost anywhere. However, only one type can qualify for this exception the Mixto tequila type. This is because the mixto tequila type consists of only the minimum of the blue agave substance that makes the spirit. The best way to distinguish real tequila from mixto tequila is to just read the label on the bottle it will either state it is part agave or say 100 percent agave tequila. The two significant tequila types are mixto tequila and 100% tequila. However, these two tequila types are then split into other classifications such as:
- Tequila Silver ( white, platinum, blanco, or plata) – Tequila silver is the superior type of tequila. It is so entirely genuine of agave that it is often bottled directly after the purification process. Every trait of quality can be distinguished in this form of tequila, and the flavor is intense with refined sweetness only authentic tequila can possess.
- Tequila Gold – Tequila gold is basically a derivative of the mixto tequila type. It is supplemented with other ingredients such as added flavors and colors. However, it does have the quality and stands within the regulations to carry the 100% blue agave labeling. This tequila can be a combination of silver labeled tequila, Anejo, or Reposado tequila types.
- Tequila Reposado – This type of tequila can be referred to as an aged tequila. The time-span that reposado ages usually varies between 2-11 months. The aging process is usually brought about in wooden barrels that sometimes may have been used to age other types of spirits such as brandy, cognac, whiskey and wine. This enable the spirit to absorb a wooden taste that is embellished with the flavor residues of the liquors.
- Tequila Anejo – This is one of the tequila types that is aged for a longer period of time, sometimes more than a year on average. In order to earn the Anejo tequila classification, the spirit has to be aged for at least a year or twelve months. Aging is what transpires the color into a deep amber shade. This richens the texture, flavor, and scent of the tequila.
- Tequila Extra Anejo – This previously classified as one of the tequila types in 2006 is the most potent tequila. It is known as extra- because it is overly aged for up to three consecutive years. It is the darkest shade that tequila is available in and it often takes on a hue close to that of mahogany. It is so pungent and concentrated with alcohol that it must be diluted extensively. This tequila tastes smooth and rich.
With the large array of tequila brands in the market today, and the vast amount of manufacturers now being capable of producing it outside the vicinity of Mexico, more and more types of tequila are being developed. You can be assured that tequila will always be a prominently popular spirit in all of the countries. There will continue to be tequila advances that will only give birth to hybrid types of tequila.
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