1800: The year premium tequila was born
There are few brands that can say they’ve been mastering their product for over two centuries, but that’s what makes 1800 Tequila special. Underpinned by more than 200 years of tequila production, it’s safe to say they know a thing or two about this iconic spirit.
Despite its long legacy, 1800 Tequila is crafted and distilled from the founding recipe, with many of the original blue agave fields still being hand-harvested to this day. A true celebration of its origins, 1800 is part of the world’s most awarded tequila family.
Known for its craftsmanship, the process for creating this globally renowned tequila has been carefully curated. Let’s explore just how this premium tipple is produced…
Quality is king
Only the finest ingredients are used to create 1800 Tequila. Using 100% Weber blue agave, the Pina plant is hand-harvested at its peak. The spiny leaves protecting the heart of the blue agave plant are removed one-by-one, with the heart being distilled to perfection.
A tradition passed down from generation to generation
In a world run by machines, the dedication to hand-harvesting the agave plants makes 1800 stand out from the rest. Its team of agave farmers – called jimadors – have harvested the plants for generations, providing expert insight for identifying the quality and maturity of the crop. Still using traditional methods, jimadors use a razor-sharp blade on a long wooden handle to harvest the agave – called a ‘coa’.
The full lifecycle
Taking control of every step of the process, 1800 Tequila own the full harvesting, distilling and ageing process of their signature bottles – from field to bottle, ensuring it’s produced under the very best conditions.
For any occasion
With several tequila ranges, 1800 has curated a collection that offers something for any celebration. The Luxury collection showcases the finest tequila craftsmanship, whilst the Limited-Edition bottles offer a twist on the classic spirit.
Owned by the Beckmann family, the tequila empire also includes the world’s largest tequila brand Jose Cuervo, as well as Proximo Spirits, a Mexican alcohol distributor.
Here at Whisky Kingdom, we stock different varieties of 1800 Tequila, including the popular Silver bottle and the signature Añejotequila. Not sure which type of tequila is for you?
What are the different types of tequila?
Unique in that it’s typically aged for one to three years in oak barrels, añejo tequila has notes of vanilla and fruit. This tequila is perfect for sipping as it packs enough flavour to make an impact all by itself. If you did want to try it in a cocktail, it could be used similarly to other dark liquors.
Also called Blanco tequila, silver tequila is clear in colour and is unaged. This provides a more subtle combination of flavours, with an overall citrus palette. Blanco tequila is the go-to sweet and fruity base for cocktails, like margaritas and palomas.
Known as ‘rested’ tequila, reposado tequila is aged for up to one year and offers notes of agave and oak. Like Blanco, this is an all-rounder tequila that is often used for cocktails, like margaritas.
What’s the difference between tequila, mezcal and sotol?
With similar distilling processes, flavour combinations, and origins, it’s easy to think tequila, mezcal and sotol are all the same. However, there are a few differences that provide a twist on the traditional Mexican spirit.
Technically not a tequila, mezcal is a clear liquor made from agave extracts, however it is distilled from a different agave plant than the classic tequila. To be classified as tequila, the liquor must be made from blue agave, while mezcal can be made from other types, like tobalá, arroqueño, and espadín.
Like mezcal, sotol isn’t technically a tequila. In fact, it isn’t even made from the agave plant. Sotol is unique as it’s made from a different desert plant, the sotol plant – also known as the desert spoon plant. Distilled in the same way as tequila, sotol offers a fresh taste with notes of menthol and eucalyptus.
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