When you think of Tequila, you often think of a shot, a lime and salt. It’s the socially popular way to take a shot of tequila. You lick the back of your hand so the salt will stick, pour some salt on it. Then lick the salt. Take the shot of tequila and then suck on the lime. They even make serving trays that have a spot for the shots, salt and limes available here on Amazon. They say this method helps with the taste but a really good tequila, well, you don’t need to do any of this. It just tastes pretty good on its own.
A little History of Tequila
Tequila was first produced in the 16th century. Agave plants had been used to make a different drink that was consumed before Eastern European contact. This drink was known as “pulque”, which was widely used by the Aztecs. However, After The Spanish had come to Mexico they began to distill agave when they ran out of brandy, producing one of North America’s first distilled spirits called Tequila. It was named for the city in the region.
It was around 1608 the Colonial Governor Nueva Galicia was starting to tax the product as it gained popularity. It was then that Spain’s King Carlos IV gave the first commercial license to the Cuervo Family (sound familiar?). Don Cenobio Sauza, founder of Sauza Tequila and Municipal President of the Village of Tequila from 1884–1885, was the first to export tequila to the United States.
Different Kinds Of Tequila
Tequila Blanco – must be clear like water and must be a pristine product of the second distillation. The alcohol content can be diluted by demineralized water. Higher quality tequila blanco has a smoky, peppery smell and it has herbal, fruity and citric aftertaste, while lower quality tequila blanco can leave a burning sensation on the lips and has a petrol aftertaste.
Tequila Reposado – Mexican law says that tequila reposado can have additives and must be aged in oak or pine barrels for at least two months. This type of tequila achieves a fine balance between the tannins from the oak barrels and the agave sugars. Reposados that have been aged for different periods of time can be mixed together. Reposados can have a variety of aftertastes: cherry, woody, vanilla, and herbal. The agave aroma is enhanced by the aging process, and reposados usually have a straw or tawny color. This is a higher quality tequila and should be sipped instead of taken in shots and mixed drinks.
Tequila Añejos – extra-aged, and additives can be used. The aging process sets them apart. Añejos must be aged in small oak barrels for at least 12 months. Different types of añejos can be mixed together, and their listed age is the weighted average of the mixture’s components. There is a large variety of qualities and the flavors can range from cognac-like to tannin-heavy grappa-like flavors. Añejos can be aged from one to 10 years. The longer the tequila is aged, the more tannin-rich woody flavor it assumes. The aging process makes añejos darker, giving them an amber-like color. Generally this is considered the highest quality tequila.
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World’s Most Expensive Tequilas
Don Julio Real Tequila – $350
Don Julio Gonzalez personally attends to every step of the process for making this tequila. Real Tequila is aged for three-to-five years in American white-oak barrels and when it has been deemed ready for bottling, what you see is a majestic golden hue in the liquor’s coloring. What you’ll taste are hints of vanilla, caramel and chocolates, with a lowlight of almond in the mix.
Casa Herradura Selección Suprema Tequila – $360
Casa Herradura Selección Suprema Tequila is a supreme Tequila that offers you a smooth finish after every sip. The flavor stems from the way the agave plant is harvested, with the pina, or heart of the plant being stripped from the leaves. It’s cooked for over 24 hours in brick and stone ovens before it is set off to age for 49 months.
Tres-Quatro-Cinco Tequila – $379
Enrique Fonseca is a renowned Tequila producer, and his accomplishments are recognized as being a master distiller, architect and master blender of 30% three year, 40% four year and 30% five year Tequilas that are all artfully and distinctly aged in French oak barrels.
Rey Sol Anejo Tequila – $400
Founded in 1886 by Don Delfino Gonzalez, the master of this Tequila empire ages its Tequila in French oak barrels for a minimum of 5 years in order to bring out the most pleasant flavors of caramel, vanilla, and spice.
1800 Coleccion Tequila – $1,800
The 1800 Coleccion brand, is owned by the same company that owns the Jose Cuervo brand, which is one of the most recognizable names in Tequila, however, this is their premium and it is named after the year that Tequila first was aged in oak casks. The 1800 Tequila is one of 9 varieties made by the company and it’s bottled in a Belgian crystal bottle trimmed in pewter and placed in a suede leather case.
AsomBroso Reserva Del Porto Tequila – $2,800
At $2,800, AsomBroso Reserva Del Porto Tequila is aged in French oak barrels for 5 years and is vintage dated. This Tequila was processed and aged in Port Wine barrels that contain high levels of sugar, which gives the liquor added sweetness, making it a fine, sipping beverage.
Most of the info on these expensive tequilas comes from an article on moneyinc.com found here.
Recipes For Some Good Tequila Cocktails
- If desired, salt the rim of a chilled cocktail or margarita glass.
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes.
- Shake well.
- Strain into prepared glass with or without fresh ice.
- Garnish with a lime wedge.
- (Make sure to serve them in these 4 star rated glasses from Amazon)
- Gather ingredients.
- Pour the tequila and the orange juice into a highball glass filled with ice cubes.
- Slowly pour the grenadine around the inside edge of the glass. It will sink and gradually rise to mix with the other ingredients.
- Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.