Tequila: a multi-faceted, multi-flavored and fascinating topic is globally known but what is not known is that Mexico’s tequila is equally refined as France’s Champagne. Scoff if you must but like Champagne, tequila comes from a specific region, is carefully prepared and is monitored under the watchful eye of the Mexican government. Tequila goes beyond cheap shots of Jose Cuervo with salt and lime. If anything, bona fide tequila should be sipped with the accompaniment of orange and cinnamon. So, to ensure that all forthcoming and returning tourists depart Mexico with good tasting and quality tequila in their newly-purchased bottles, here are the must knows and must dos:
Overlook tequila brands and note the differences in types.
If you don’t already know the differences among, blanco, joven, añejoand extra- añejo, you must. Tequila ranges in flavor from rose petals, to vanilla to dry wood. Think of it more of a matter of taste and less of name. To decide on the ideal tequila taste for your tongue, the only way to decide is to participate in a tequila tasting. In the meantime, here is a quick break down of the varying types:
- Blanco with its pure flavor of agave and agave sugars, is the most popular among connoisseurs
- Joven is the equivalent of blanco but it contains burnt sugar to give it a smoother taste.
- Reposado, aged for two months, is the most popular due a mixuture of quality and its reasonable price.
- Añejo is tequila that is aged for at least one year and due to its rich flavor comes highly recommended for first-time drinkers.
- Extra-Añejois aged anywhere from three to five years. It is the most polished and flavorful tequila.
Read the label’s fine print and then read it again.
To ensure you are purchasing a genuine bottle of tequila, the label must be marked with four things, all to ensure authenticity and quality control.
- NOM #
- 100% Agave
NOM and CRT are both councils that ensure the validity and quality production of tequila. The NOM number is a number assigned to each tequila-producing company by the Norma Ofical Mexicana or the Official Mexican Standard. Last but certainly not least, the label must read 100% agave. If it is not 100%, it is not the real deal, the real McCoy.
History, ageing processes, quality brands, tequila seasoned food and drink recipes are just a few tequila topics among the multiple other ones that exist. Nevertheless, simply knowing the differences among the types and how to read a tequila bottle will ensure that any tourists will be able to find a respectable tequila to take home.
For information regarding tequila tasting in Cancun, Mexico:
CASA HERRADURA TEQUILA MUSEUM
Blvd. Kukulcan KM. 12.5 Zona Hotelera,
Cancun Quintana Roo CP 77500