Tequila 101: A Beginner’s Guide To Tequila

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As soon as someone hears ‘tequila’ they instantly associate it with having shots and margaritas in college. However, it has so much more to offer than that. Tequila’s history is rich, and its production process is too.
But most importantly, it can be enjoyed in many different ways – not just shots.
So, if you are a tequila rookie and want to know more about it, you’re in the right place. Keep reading to learn more about this drink.

Where Is The Best Tequila Made?

All tequila is made in its home country, Mexico.
According to Mexican law, tequila can only be made in an area that is certified by the CRT (Consejo Regulador del Tequila).
So, its production is limited five Mexican states:
  • Jalisco
  • Nayarit
  • Guanajuato
  • Tamaulipas
  • Michoacán
Most of the best tequila distilleries are located in Jalisco. Both the lowlands and highlands in this location are utilized for production of tequila.
Even though these locales are right next to each other, the tequilas from them are different in their taste.
Highland tequilas have a natural sweetness to them as the weather conditions produce blue agave. Tequila produced in the lowlands have an herby flavor to them.
They are also more expensive than highland tequilas.

How Is Tequila Made?

The tequila production process is also controlled by Mexican law. According to this, tequila has to meet three requirements:
  • It cannot contain more than 49% of sugar
  • It must be made using blue Weber agave
  • It needs to contain at least 51% agave
The time it takes for a blue Weber agave plant to grow is between eight to twelve years. Once it ripens and matures, it produces the perfect nectar for making the best tequila.
The plants are then harvested and their outer leaves are cut. After that, the agave piñas (hearts) are slow-cooked for at least 48 hours.
A tahona (mill house) is then used to extract the juice from the agave. After this, it’s fermented, distilled and then bottled or left to age in barrels of oak.

How To Best Enjoy Tequila?

Tequila is not just for shots. You can enjoy it in a variety of ways depending on your preferences. Here are the top four ways you can enjoy good tequila:
  • Sip 100% agave tequila neat but slowly to enjoy the flavor. The best tequila for this is Anejo
  • Make a classic margarita
  • Enjoy a tequila sunrise
  • Mix it with Sangrita
People prefer having tequila neat, but you can also enjoy it in these other ways if you want to try something different. Whatever you choose, you will fall in love with this complex drink in no time.

Final Words

That covers everything you need to know about tequila as a beginner. Now it’s time to find a tequila that suits your tastes. If you want a premium and delicious tasting tequila, choose Agavales Tequila. Our premium tequila has been harvested and distilled with great care and precision, making it one of the best on the market. For more information, browse the rest of our website!