Tequila Basics- What's the Difference?

Blancos, Reposados, Anejos, Extra Anejos, and Mezcals oh my! Let's explore the differences between these tequila variants and find the perfect one for you to try on your next visit to the Nest!



BLANCO: This is tequila in its purest form. It is clear and typically unaged, where the true flavors, intensity of the agave plant, and natural sweetness are present. Because of the sweetness and true agave taste, blanco tequilas are usually recommended for margaritas and mixed drinks.
 


What to try at the Nest: Espolon Silver, Milagro Silver, Don Julio Blanco


REPOSADO: This name means "rested". The tequila is aged in wood barrels or storage tanks for 2-11 months. The tequila takes on a golden hue and taste becomes balanced between the agave and wood flavors. Reposados tequilas are great as a drink addition or neat/on the rocks.
 


What to try at the Nest: Souza Hornitos, Herradura Reposado, Clase Azul Reposado


ANEJO: After aging a minimum of a year, tequila can be classified as Anejo. This process darkens the tequila to an amber color, making the flavor smoother, richer, and more complex. Anejos are typically sipped neat or on the rocks.


What to try at the Nest: Casa Noble Anejo, Partida Anejo, Cincora Anejo


EXTRA ANEJO: Aged for a minimum of 3 years, intensely complex flavors and color from a lengthy wood aging process.


What to try at the Nest: Don Julio 1942, Gran Corralejo, Gran Patron Piedra 


MEZCAL: Unlike tequila, whose base is the blue agave, Mezcal can be made from several varieties of agave plants. The Mezcal pinas (hearts of the agave plant) are baked underground, which leaves a distinct flavor combination of smoke and citrus. 


What to try at the Nest: Hornitos Black Barrel, Tres Papalote, Casamigos Mezcal