Tequila & Mezcal
Tequila and Mezcal are made by distilling the fermented juice of agave plants in Mexico. Tequila can be made only from one particular type of agave, the blue agave, and can be produced only in specifically designated geographic areas. Mezcal is made from other species of agave and produced throughout most of Mexico. Silver or Blanco Tequilas are clear, with little (no more than 60 days in stainless steel tanks) or no aging. Used primarily for mixing. Gold Tequila is un-aged silver Tequila that has been colored and flavored with caramel. Used primarily for mixing. Reposado (rested) Tequila is aged in wooden tanks or casks for a legal minimum period of at least 2 months and up 3 to 9 months. Añejo (aged/old) Tequila is aged in wooden barrels for a minimum of 12 months and can be aged 18 months to 3 years.