Looking back to the birth of tequila would take us all the way back to around 1000 B.C. But the agave spirit wasn’t the same back then. In fact, tequila’s precursor was a milky, frothy drink known as pulque. It wasn’t until the 16th century A.D that the type of tequila we now love was first produced.
Whilst there are many brands on the market offering an array of tequilas, from classic bottles to modern twists, there is one label recognised as the world’s best -Jose Cuervo, founded in the Mexican region of Tequila in 1795.
Since then, the production of tequila has evolved into a global market that was valued at $9.89 billion in 2021. And did you know there are different types of tequila? In fact, here at Whisky Kingdom, we stock five different varieties -and they all offer something different to try.
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 silver tequila, blanco 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. As with blanco, this is an all-rounder tequila that is often used for classic cocktails like margaritas..
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