There are over 200 different types of agave plants grown in Mexico. All spirits distilled from an agave plant are called mescal, but to be called tequila they must be made with at least 51% of blue agave and only blue agave, which is grown primarily in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. The blue agave takes anywhere from 6 to 12 years to fully mature and the heart of the plant, called “the Pineapple”. can weigh up to 220 pounds.
All of the truly great tequilas are 100% blue agave and can be found on the top four shelves here at 287 Craft Spirits. Any tequila with less than 100% blue agave is called a Mixto, (with the other 49% usually distilled from sugar cane) and can be found on the bottom shelf.
There are three types of great tequila: Anejo, Reposado, and Blanco (also known as silver, platinum, or white)
Blanco tequila has to be bottled within 60 days of distillation.
Reposado (which means rested), is rested anywhere from 2 to 11 months in oak vats or barrels depending on the distillery making it and what flavor profile and/or price point they are hoping to achieve.
Anejo (which means aged), is aged for one year or more in oak barrels, sometimes brand new ones but more often used bourbon barrels. Again the length of aging time, the type of barrel used, and the quality of the agave is at the discretion of the distillery and what they hope to accomplish.
Mixto Tequilas are called Gold (the gold color is usually achieved by adding caramel coloring) or Silver, White or Platinum.
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