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An anonymous reader writes: Not all tequilas are created equal, but do you know what makes the best tequilas? There are many different types of tequila, which are often used for different purposes. While some tequilas are great for making margaritas, there are others that can be sipped like a fine liquor. Here is how to determine the best tequilas just by taking a look at the bottle itself.

The Origins of Tequila

The most important step in determining the best tequilas is to figure out where it was made. Tequila is made from the blue agave plant, which is native to the states of Jalisco, Colima, Nayarit, and Aguascalientes, all located in Mexico. The town of Tequila, within Jalisco, is actually known as the birthplace of the drink itself. The best tequilas come from the area of Mexico nearest to Jalisco. As this region was the birthplace of tequila, it only makes sense that the people of this state have now mastered the craft of producing good quality tequila. The closer to Jalisco, the better, but beware of anything made outside of Mexico. Anything made beyond Mexico’s borders cannot legally be called tequila but might be identified as an alcoholic drink made from blue agave.

The Best Tequilas Take Time

All of the best tequilas are labelled as 100% blue agave, as these are the purest and smoothest tequilas available. There are five main classifications of tequila, which are distinguished by their age. These five types of tequila are identified as:

1. Silver, White, Blanco, or Platinum

2. Gold, Joven, or Oro]

3. Reposado

4. Añejo

5. Extra Añejo

These classifications range from youngest to oldest, with the best tequilas being from the añejo and extra añejo categories. Silver tequila is only aged for two months or less and is distinguishable from other tequilas because it is completely clear. Gold tequila is often given its slightly darker color by adding color and flavoring to a silver tequila but can also be created by mixing a silver and reposado or añejo tequila together. Reposado tequila, in contrast, has a natural golden color, as it is aged between two and eleven months inside wooden barrels. Añejo goes a step further, aging the tequila within barrels for at least one year, giving it an amber color and a smooth taste. Extra añejo tequila is the darkest, with a rich mahogany color, and is aged for at least three or more years. Extra añejo tequilas are among the best tequilas because they are incredibly smooth and are often enjoyed as a sipping tequila due to their complex flavor.

It is important to consider how you are planning to enjoy your tequila as this will determine which you choose. The best quality tequilas are made near Jalisco, Mexico from 100% blue agave and are extra añejo, aged at least three years. These tequilas are smooth liquors, meant to be slowly sipped and enjoyed all on their own. On the other hand, if you are craving a refreshing margarita on a hot summer day, you won’t want to use extra añejo tequila. A silver or gold tequila will be the best tequilas to use in mixed drinks. No matter what tequila you choose, they all have distinct flavors and colors to help you tell them apart.

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