Tequila is one of the most popular distilled beverages in the entire world. It is made from the agave plant. One of the main features of tequila is that it is only produced in some designated regions of Mexico, like Jalisco, Nayarit, Guanajuato, Michoacan, and Tamaulipas. But the majority of tequila production is concentrated in Jalisco.
Among half of the world’s tequila consumption is in the United States and Mexico. The pubs in both these countries serve many cocktails and one of the main ingredients in those cocktails is tequila. Also, tequila shots are very popular.
The Source Of Tequila
Tequila is produced by distilling the fermented juices of the Weber blue agave plant. The plant is a member of the lily family and it usually looks like a giant aloe vera. For the production of tequila, the agave plant is harvested after it is grown for about 10 years.
Once the plant is harvested, its leaves will be removed and piñas are quartered. Piñas are the large bulb-like underground part of the agave plant. After that, the plant material is slowly baked in steam for converting the starches to sugars. Once the agave is baked, it is crushed to extract the sweet juice. It will be then fermented with yeast for converting the sugar into alcohol.
Different Types Of Tequila
Tequila is usually aged for some period before it is bottled. The literal translation of Reposado is rested. The Reposado tequila is aged for 2 to 11 months in oak barrels. This aging process helps the beverage to develop a woody taste. Codigo Reposado tequila is one of the popular reposado tequila in the United States.
The meaning of the word Anejo is aged. The Anejo tequila is aged for over a year in oak barrels or caskets. This is the main reason for the distinctive oaky taste of Anejo tequila. Recently, a new variety called Extra Anejo is becoming popular. This variety is aged for at least three years in oak barrels. Codigo Anejo tequila is one of the most preferred tequila brands in both Mexico and the United States.
Unlike Anejo and Reposado, Blanco tequila is bottled immediately after the distillation process or within 2 months after distillation. This variety of tequila has the strongest agave flavors and is most commonly used for tequila shots or tequila slammers.