Traditionally made from blue agave plants, tequila has a distinct flavour profile of agave, citrus, and spice. While Blanco tequila is mellow and smooth, there are some varieties of tequila that are not for the faint of heart. However, the reason for the international tequila boom is that mixologists and craft cocktail lovers began realizing that tequila in all of its varieties is just as complex, smooth, flavour-forward, and steeped in tradition as scotch, bourbon, gin, or even wine. It is often said that a fine wine only gets better with age. Well, the same is true for tequila.
Aged tequila goes by different names depending on the length of time in which it is aged, but the results of aging cannot be denied. As tequila ages, typically in American Oak barrels, the flavours of tequila begin to mellow and soften, while new flavours that were waiting just below the surface begin to emerge. Hints of warming baking spices begin to materialize, sweet caramel and smoked almonds begin to show their profiles, and hints of citrus and tart apple even make an appearance. Aging tequila has changed the game.
Reposado, or “rested” in Spanish, tequila must be aged for 2 to 12 months in oak barrels in order to acquire the designation of reposado. During those months, the tequila goes through a transformation in flavours which include oak from the barrels themselves leading to a flavour profile that includes vanilla and caramel. A great example of a rested tequila is Don Julio’s Reposado Tequila featuring hints of honey and coffee. This aged tequila is made exclusively from Blue Weber Agave and is complex with a rich smooth finish. Enjoy over ice or in a modern spin on a classic Paloma to share with close friends!