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Blanco vs. Reposado Tequila (vs. Añejo vs. Extra Añejo)

By September 21, 2020September 23rd, 2020No Comments

In simplest terms, the difference is their age.

Blanco is aged 0-2 months, reposado 2-11 months, añejo 1-3 years, and extra añejo 3+ years. This refers to the amount of time the tequila spends in oak barrels before it is bottled. Storing a bottle of reposado for a year does not make it an añejo. (Spirits can change over time regardless of their portage but that is unrelated to the age statement on the bottle.) How long the spirit has had to interact with oak is what we are measuring.

The Four Types of Tequila:

Blanco

is clear with no color. It is aged less than two months if at all. Drinking blanco is how to appreciate the purest expression of the agave. All tequila is made with weber blue agave but terroir—region, soil, air, weather—and process makes blanco tequilas very different from each other.

Reposado

means rested. Most producers bottle after 2-6 months. The aim is to palliate the spirit’s harsher notes so that the agave’s best flavors can be appreciated. Many true tequila lovers identify as “repo drinkers”. Nosotros reposado is unique for its classification. It is aged longer—only one month short of añejo—and in French oak. This makes it rich in caramel and vanilla notes. 

Añejo

means aged. Aging has been a part of tequila’s identity since it first made its way onto the world market. Añejos, naturally, have more properties of the wood they’re aged in. They’re often richer, smoother, and sweeter than the younger expressions. 

Extra Añejo:

This category was only added in recent years. As market demand for long-aged spirits, particularly whiskeys/whiskys has climbed, tequila producers have followed suit. The properties of añejo can be amplified in extra añejos until a certain point when the flavor of oak begins to override other flavors. 

Nosotros makes a blanco and a reposado. Learn about what makes our tequila different here. A question we get asked a lot is, “Which one is better?” The answer is both. They are different expressions and there is no qualitative difference. Aging costs more by way of time, barrels, storage, and evaporation. This is perceived by many consumers as value. It is not. All it means is that it costs more. What is valuable is the taste you personally prefer. To know it, you have to try them. You can buy ours online or locate a local retailer.

Warning:

“Gold” and “Silver” are not legal terms. Silver loosely refers to blanco but a common misconception is that gold refers to reposado or añejo. It does not. “Gold” is almost exclusively used in labeling cheap tequila that’s had color added in order to impersonate aged tequila. Most of this tequila is not 100% agave… ours is.