Tequila is one of the most popular beverages in the entire world. But it is mostly consumed in Mexico and the United States. Tequila is produced from the juice of piña. It is the bulb-like underground part of the blue agave plant. It has become an essential ingredient to the classic margarita, which is very popular in the United States.
Different Types Of Tequila
The literal meaning of Anejo is old or aged. The Anejo tequila is kept in the casks for one to two years to make it old. That way the Anejo tequila will get its distinctive oaky flavor. A new category of high-end tequila known as Extra Anejo is becoming very popular. This tequila variety is aged for at least 3 years. Codigo Tequila Anejo is one of the popular tequila brands in the United States.
Blanco tequila is not characterized by being aged like the Anejo tequila. After distillation, Blanco tequila is bottled within two months. This variety of tequila has strong agave flavors and it is more often used for tequila shots or tequila slammers.
The word reposado translates to “rested”. This variety of tequila is only aged for about 2 to 11 months in oak barrels. Reposado tequila will develop a slight vanilla and caramel flavor during its resting period. The vanilla and caramel flavor is one of the main reasons for the popularity of Codigo Reposado tequila in the United States.
Interesting Tequila Facts
Like champagne and cognac, tequila is only produced in five regions of Mexico. It is mainly produced in the state of Jalisco. The other regions include Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas.
A spirit is classified as tequila when 51 % of it is derived from the blue agave plant. Today, most tequila brands use 100 % blue agave plant and it will be printed on the label.
Tequila is made from the piñas, which is known as the heart of the agave plant. Piñas are cut out, cooked, ground down, and fermented for making different varieties of tequila.
Tequila is most commonly used in the United States and Mexico. But in both these countries, people use different ways of consuming it. In the United States, the most common practice is tequila cruds, which is taking tequila with lime and salt. The Mexicans opt to drink tequila neat, like the way we have whiskey.