Thinking about “tequila” means thinking about family, games, love stories and tradition. It is so important to Mexican people that they do their best effort to make every single drop of this delicious elixir remind you the wonders of life. Inspired in memories and joyful moments, every tequila type has a singular taste and each one must be drank in particular moments.
Classified by taste, there are three different types of tequila: white or silver (young), “reposado” (slightly aged) and “añejo” (aged). All of them come from the same distillation process but their flavor completely changes depending on how long they are kept in an elm barrel
So, if you are wondering which the best tequila is, keep reading. Mundo Cuervo has prepared this useful guide to help you choose the best one for you.
White or silver, young tequila
The main feature of this type of tequila is its color. When you serve it in a cup or a shot a white shade should be visible in the center with silver light spectra at the edges. This tequila is not as simple as it seems. According to the Brand or the Tequila producer, the taste can be fruited, bitter, sweet or even spicy. In the case of Jose Cuervo’s white tequila, it spends a few days in elm barrels, which makes the taste feel a little wooden.
So, if you are looking for an easy-to-drink and very tasty tequila, you should choose Jose Cuervo Tradicional Plata. It is important to mention that this type of tequila is more enjoyable as an appetizer before an exquisite Mexican dinner.
“Reposado”, slightly aged tequila
This tequila is distinguished for having a color between golden and amber, product of remaining from two to twelve months in the barrels. Its taste is softer but sturdier than white tequila, which makes it ideal for cocktails, such as “margaritas”, “palomas” and “charros negros”. It can also be enjoyed with some typical food from Jalisco. For instance, enjoying a delicious “birria” with a glass of Tequila Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado is an experience that has no comparison.
In addition to its color and taste, other important feature of this type of tequila is its smell. The elm’s wood and the agave’s sugar bring this tequila a delicious fruited flavor.
If your intention is to get creative and make delicious mixes and cocktails for a party, we advise you to use Tequila Jose Cuervo Especial. But if you prefer to enjoy every single smell of this tequila, Jose Cuervo Tradicional is the best option for you.
“Añejo”, aged tequila
This kind of tequila has the peculiarity of having remained in a cupper barrel from one to three years. Its colors are really dark. Amber is its most characteristic color, but it can also be found in a cupper color. It has a wooden flavor with a slightly spicy dash.
Due to its flavor full of contrasts and perfumes, this kind of tequila should not be mixed with any other beverage. It must be drunk completely solo and after your meal. Imagine, what could be better than finishing a great dinner with a great flavor?
At this point you are probably trying to remember all the types of tequila that exist, and you might be wondering about the one that has not been mentioned. This is clear aged tequila.
So, what is a “clear” aged tequila?
It is important to stand out that this tequila is the result of retiring the color particles from an aged tequila. With an active carbon process, all the elements that give the amber color to tequila are retired from the mixture, resulting in a clear liquid, like white tequila, but with the flavor of an aged one.
If you want to taste clear aged tequila, we advise you to try the new Jose Cuervo Tradicional Cristalino.
Extra Aged tequila
There is a fourth classification of tequila that is reserved for the most demanding tastes. This tequila has a darker color, a stronger flavor and texture obtained by its long time kept in the white or French elm barrel. For this reason, mixing it with any type of soda or preparations would be a complete waste.
In other words, if you want to live the best tequila experience and enjoy all its contrasts, you must drink it straight, in small sips and taste it in your mouth.
Now, to get to know its tradition and culture as well as the flavor, your best option is to try Reserva de la Familia which can be enjoyed during your visit to La Rojeña Factory.
See: Bottle your own Reserva de la Familia® experience.