When purchasing tequila, the first step is to make sure you’re getting the real deal. By law, the spirit needs to be distilled in the state of Jalisco or in select areas in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit and Tamaulipas. In addition, a minimum of 51 percent agave tequilana Weber, variety azul, must be used in the fermentation process.
The next step is to select your variety of choice. Tequila comes in several, including unaged tequila blanco, the slightly mellower oak-barrel-aged reposado, and the hearty caramel-colored añejo, which is aged for a minimum of one year in whisky barrels and other such flavorful casks. For refined palates and those who enjoy sipping their spirits slowly, there’s no other way to go.
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