13. April 2011 10:01
With Cinco De Mayo approaching, here’s some helpful information about tequila. The tequila category is exploding with new and exciting offerings, and understanding the terminology is key, especially if you’re thinking about sending high-quality tequila gifts this Cinco de Mayo. We hope our descriptions of Silver or Blanco, Reposado, Anejo, Gold and others help you decide which category of Cinco de Mayo Tequila Gifts you send this May.
Let’s start with Silver or Blanco Tequila since this is the most basic of the three. Silver Tequila is not aged so that it intentionally emits a stronger flavor of the blue agave plant. The coloring of the tequila is clear and is usually 100% blue agave.
Translated to English, Reposado Tequila means “restful”, which implies that this type of tequila is aged or rested. Reposado Tequila is aged in white oak casks from 2 months to a year. The aging process gives the tequila a mellow oak flavor combined with the flavor of the blue agave. The coloring of a Reposado is usually a slight golden color.
Añejo Tequila is aged in white oak casks for over a year and must be aged in smaller batches. The lengthy aging process gives the tequila a heavier oak flavor and more complex qualities. The longer aging process creates an añejo tequila that’s a light brownish color.
You’ll also notice other tequila gifts like gold tequila and other more exclusive releases from some brands. Gold tequila is only required to contain 51% blue agave to be considered tequila. One of the most well known gold tequilas is Jose Cuervo.
Don Julio Real Tequila is an example of a premium, luxurious tequila. It’s an añejo tequila that is aged for 3 years with dry fruit flavors, cooked agave and peach on the forefront layered with vanilla, caramel, chocolate and coffee undertones.
We all know of Patron Tequila gifts but some of you may not know about Patron XO Café, which actually tastes like a liqueur that you can just sip on its own or pour over foods like ice cream or cake. For more information about great Cinco de Mayo Tequila Gifts, check out this past Monday’s blog post here.