Tequila - A Complete Information on Tequila and it’s Different Types

Markus Reed | News Jun 03, 2015

According to Mexican law, all Tequila must contain at least 51% Weber blue agave (Agave Tequilana). Really good Tequila is 100% Weber blue agave and will be clearly marked on the bottle with the law requiring them to be produced, bottled and inspected in Mexico. Tequila that is not 100% agave is called mixto because it is blended with sugar and water during distillation. Mixto Tequilas can be produced outside of Mexico. Until a few years ago, mixtos were the main Tequilas produced. However, majority of the Tequila you find is the Tequila 100% de Agave.

There Are Four Types Of Tequilas:

  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Reposado
  • Añejo

The Difference Between Silver, Gold, Reposado, & Añejo Tequilas Are:

Silver Tequila, also referred to as white/‘blanco’ Tequila, is aged for two months or less. 

Gold Tequila is un-aged Tequila that has been made smooth and sweet with caramel, corn, or other natural or artificial sweeteners.

Reposado Tequila starts out as silver Tequila and is aged for at least two months in wooden casks. Finer reposados spend 3-9 months in the barrel. 

Añejo Tequila also starts out as a silver Tequila, but is aged for at least one year in a wooden barrel. Some distillers choose to use new oak barrels, while others prefer used bourbon barrels, as they impart their own sweet and smoky flavours. 

Here are Some of the Things, You'll Find on the Label That Will Help You Make a Good Choice.

  • Type (Tipo): Blanco, Gold, Reposado, Añejo, Extra-Añejo, Reserva de Casa (often añejos in limited edition bottlings)
  • Purity: Only 100% agave is labeled as such. If the label does not say 100% agave it is a mixto.
  • NOM: Refers to the distiller registration number that is used to distinguish more than 500 brands produced by about 70 distillers. All Tequila labels are required to have an NOM. No matter what the label says, the NOM does not indicate quality.
  • CRT: An indication that the Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT) has certified the product. Again, this is not a guarantee of quality, it simply says that the CRT has approved the production process of the company and this is legit Tequila.
  • Hecho en Mexico: Made in Mexico. 100% agave tequilas can only be made and bottled in Mexico. Hecho a mano means 'handmade' and, while it is not an official term, it usually indicates traditional production processes.
  • DOT: Denomination or origin number, indicating compliance with Mexican regulations regarding where the product was made. Not on all labels.
  • Brand Name: This doesn't indicate who makes the product (see NOM).

There is no doubt that when people like their Tequila, they really love it. When it comes to this alcohol of choice, there really are no boundaries or limitations.

There are Many Benefits of Tequila, Some of Which You Never Even Thought Could be Possible:

  • It helps lower blood sugar
  • It aids in weight loss
  • You don’t really get hung-over
  • You can drink it straight without wanting to throw up afterward
  • It helps fight cholesterol
  • Tequila may be used to help treat colds
  • Diabetics can indulge too
  • You don’t have to waste your calories on a chaser