Tequila means different things to different people. Whether you prefer your tequila neat, shot with a lime, in a Margarita, or enjoyed on the beach, it’s a spirit that’s easily enjoyed in many situations.
Tequila is made from blue agave (not cactus), and by law must be made in Mexico. All of the brands you know like Jose Cuervo, Patron, Don Julio, and others make the five types of tequila — silver, gold, reposado, añejo, and extra enejo.
- Silver/Blanco/Joven: generally unaged (or very briefly aged, for smoothness, e.g. “Suave” styles); full of agave flavor, but also heat, and an impression—but not taste—of vegetal sweetness
- Gold: Basically a hybrid type, usually a mixto with coloring added to make it seem aged when it’s not; best bet is buying a brand that actually states “100% agave” on the label
- Reposado: Meaning “rested,” aged in wood barrels for 2 months to under a year
- Anejo: Aged between 1 and 3 years, the widest available complexly aged tequila, with softened heat and good wood character; too much aging isn’t recommended, as tequila is about expression of vegetal agave
- Extra Anejo: A newer category, aged over 3 years, not as many examples but worth looking into if you like wood characteristics
(COLOR)-Clear, light gold, rich amber
(REGION)-The majority are made in the Jalisco state of Mexico (technically it can also be made in Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas)
(ABV) -Typically 40% ABV
(AGED) -Blanco/Joven 0-2 months; Reposado 2 months-1 year; Anejo 1-3 years; Extra Anejo at least 3 years
(Made from) – Blue Weber Agave