Made from the Blue Agave, or Century Plant, Tequila is produced in only five states within Mexico: Guanajuato, Jalisco, Michoacán, Nayarit and Tamaulipas. Agave grown in these regions offer subtle flavor variations between those grown in valleys and highlands. Plants from the highlands tend to grow lager, due to the higher precipitation and cooler nights, and generally produce a sweeter aroma and taste. Those from the valley usually possess a more herbaceous fragrance and flavor. Ultimately, the methods of distillation are what create the myriad flavor profiles which make Tequila so intriguing.
- 1. Tamaulipas
- 2. Nayarit
- 3. Jalisco
- 4. Guanajuato
- 5. Michoacán
Tequila is generally split into two categories: 100% Blue Agave and Tequila Mixto, which contains a minimum of 51% Blue Agave with the rest of the volume coming from other sugars, caramel color, oak extract flavoring, glycerin and sugar based-syrup. Tequila that is made from 100% Blue Agave will have "Tequila 100% de agave" or "Tequila 100% puro de agave" somewhere on the bottle. Mixto Tequila labels will simply read "Tequila".
Types of Tequila
Within the two categories of tequila, there are five expressions to understand:
Clear and normally un-aged, Silver Tequila offers the clearest and most intense Agave flavors, as well as a strong sweetness.
Often produced as a Mixto with colors and flavors added prior to bottling, and typically less expensive. 100% Agave Gold Tequila can also be created by blending Silver Tequila with a Reposado and/or Añejo Tequila.
This "rested" Tequila is aged in wood barrels from two to 11 months and takes on a golden color. The taste is a balance between the Agave and wood flavors. Typically, this Tequila is aged in barrels of American or French oak, though some use bourbon, whiskey, cognac or wine barrels.
Tequila aged for at least one year can be classified as an "Añejo." This process creates a darker liquid with a smoother, richer and more complex flavor.
Any Tequila aged more than three years is considered "Extra Añejo." The Tequila takes on a darker mahogany color and a rich, smooth complexity found in other quality aged spirits.
Breakthru Beverage is proud to bring the best mezcal and tequila brands straight from the heart of Mexico to your shelves. Smoky, sweet, hot and velvety, these spirits capture the full range of flavors that the versatile agave plant has to offer. From the lowlands to the highlands, our portfolio has something for all spirits lovers.