Where must Tequila be made?
Select states of Mexico
What plant is used in the production of Tequila?
The Weber Blue Agave
How are grains and blue agave similar with regards to spirit production?
They both must go through a conversion process to change their starches to sugars.
What percentage of sugars in the raw materials used to make Tequila must come from the agave plant?
At least 51% must be agave
What aromas are typically associated with Blue Agave?
Herbacious, peppery aromas
What type of still is typically used to produce Tequila?
Double pot distilled
Tequilas are typically aged for long periods in oak.
The oak aromas can mask the unique aromas of the agave plant.
What does 100% agave indicate on a Tequila label?
Only blue agave was used to make the raw material for fermentation.
What type of Tequila is identified by pure agave flavors?
Blanco or Silver
Are Joven, Oro or Gold tequilas aged?
No, they are colored with caramel
What type of Tequila is aged for 2 to 12 months, and will have pronounced agave aromas?
Describe the characteristics of Anejo Tequilas
Aged in oak for at least 12 months, and will have both agave and oak flavors
Tequila is distilled to a very high proof
Most Tequila is distilled in pot stills, which achieve a lower strength and maintain a lot of the flavor character of the agave.
Can Reposado or Anejo be used for simple "Tequila"?
Yes, any Tequila or Tequila 100% Agave can use the aging designations