There are many variations that tequila comes in. Most known are blancos, reposados , and anejos. However, there are other variations that you may or may not know that are very common and could even be tequila you enjoy! We feel it is important to know these different types to better understand what’s in your glass!
Firstly, there are two categories of tequila to which all tequila derives from, “100% De Agave” and “Mixto”. 100% De agave tequilas, such as AsomBroso, use only the juice of pure blue agave in the fermentation and distillation process. These tequilas use no additives and capture the true sweet and savory essence of the agave plant. These tequilas will be labeled “100% De Agave” or “100% Blue Agave”. Mixtos on the other hand are not made with 100% agave juices and are usually labeled as just “Tequila”. These are usually made with 51% blue agave and 49% additives. These tequilas are usually higher in sugar content and taste unnatural.
Golds are usually mixtos that use color and flavoring added to the liquor. These are cheaper tequilas because the production is less regulated and the sugars for fermentation can come from other sources rather than the agave plant. Majority are never aged which is why they use gold coloring as a marketing tactic to replicate 100% de agave barrel aged tequilas.
Silvers,or sometimes called blancos, are un-aged or shortly aged (up to 2 weeks) tequilas. Blancos such as our El Platino are clear in color and usually considered the best for use in cocktails such as a margarita, though our El Platino is enjoyed as a high-end sipping tequila as well. Our El Platino is perfect for tasting the true essence of our premium blue agave.
The name Reposado means “rested” in Spanish. The tequila must be aged for a minimum of 2 months but up to 1 year. Reposados, such as our La Rosa, undertake the color and nuances of the barrel they are aged in, which is why are La Rosa is famously pink! We rest our La Rosa in premium used French Bordeaux wine barrels from one of Frances most famous vineyards! Reposados are used for both sipping and mixing cocktails.
These tequilas are darker in color than reposados due to the longer aging process. Anejos must be aged for over a year but up to 3. These tequilas are enjoyed by sipping and usually not used for cocktails.
Named either Extra or Ultra Anejos, this class of tequila was created in 2005 to categories any tequila aged above the 3 year threshold. Extra anejos are considered ultra-premium and are the most enjoyable due to the enhancement of smoothness and flavor with age. We do not make any anejos that are not considered “extra” as all our anejos, such as our Gran Reserva, are aged 5 years and over.