Tequila Tasting

What is Tequila Tasting? How to Host a Tequila Tasting?

Tequila is a popular distilled spirit made from the blue agave plant that is primarily produced in the region of Jalisco, Mexico. It is known for its distinct flavor and is often enjoyed in cocktails or as a shot with salt and lime. But for true tequila enthusiasts, tasting tequila is an experience in itself. In this article, we will explore everything you need to know about tequila tasting, from the basics to hosting your own tasting event.

What Is Tequila?

Tequila is a type of distilled drink and is a widely consumed alcoholic beverage. Its origins can be found in the Mexican city of Tequila, and it was first produced in the sixteenth century. Tequila comes in a variety of forms and is a main component of well-known drinks like the Tequila Sunrise, Paloma, and Margarita. While tequilas have different alcohol contents, most of them range from 35% to 55% ABV (alcohol by volume).

What Is Tequila?

What Is Tequila Made Of?

Tequila is made primarily from the blue agave plant, which is native to western regions of Mexico. The plant is known for its distinctive sharp and spiky leaves. The heart of the plant called the piña, is harvested and cooked to extract its juices. The juices are then fermented with yeast and distilled to create tequila.

Out of the 125 different species of agave found in Mexico, only one is thought to be appropriate for making tequila - the Weber blue agave. The Weber blue agave, which was identified by the German naturalist Franz Weber in 1902, is the most easily produced and sustainable source of tequila due to its quick growth period and high sugar content. For this reason, a law was passed by the Mexican government in 1977 allowing it to be the only plant used for the production of tequila.

What Is Tequila Made Of?

Types of Tequila

There are several types of tequila, each with its own unique characteristics and flavor profiles. The main types of tequila include:

  • Blanco or Silver: This is unaged tequila that is bottled immediately after distillation. It is known for its fresh, crisp, and slightly sweet flavor.
  • Joven tequila: Also called gold tequila, has its gold color from flavoring agents and other additives such as caramel color, oak natural extract, and sugar syrup. Sometimes, joven tequila is made from a blend of blanco and reposado or anejo tequilas.
  • Reposado: This tequila is aged in oak barrels for at least two months but no more than one year. It has a smoother and more complex flavor than Blanco tequila.
  • Añejo: Añejo tequila is aged in oak barrels for at least one year but no more than three years. It has a richer and more intense flavor than reposado tequila.
  • Extra Añejo: This is the newest category of tequila, created in 2006. It is aged for a minimum of three years and has a deep and complex flavor with notes of vanilla and caramel.

Guide to Drink Tequila

How to Tasting Tequila

There isn’t one specific way to go about tasting tequila. However, if you would like to conduct your tequila tasting more traditionally, follow these steps:

Step 1: Fill the glass

You will begin by pouring your tequila into a long, narrow tequila glass or champagne flute.

Step 2: Observe the color and body

Let's take a moment to observe the color and consistency of the tequila, then swirl it gently in the glass and take note of how it moves.

Step 3: Take in the aroma

Tilt the glass on its side so that the drink is close to the edge to take in a tequila’s aroma.

Step 4: Observe differences

To help you appreciate the tequila you are about to taste better, take note of the variations in color, aroma, and consistency.

Step 5: Taste

Try taking a tiny sip of your tequila and trying to identify how it tastes different from other drinks, along with any other notes you might detect.

How to Tasting Tequila

How to Drink Tequila 

Tequila can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, depending on personal preference. Some popular ways to drink tequila include:

  • Tequila shots: Straight tequila can be enjoyed as a shot on its own or accompanied by salt and lime.
  • Tequila flights: Some people would rather take their time when drinking tequila. With a tequila flight, you can enjoy the beverage gradually as opposed to downing it all at once. By doing this, the drinker is encouraged to appreciate its flavor, aroma, and various other qualities.
  • Cocktails: Cocktails are one of the most widely consumed alcoholic beverages worldwide. Tequila is a key component of many different cocktails. Adding extra ingredients to a recipe can result in inventive ways to serve it, whether you're making a Tequila Sunrise, Margarita, or something entirely else.

How to Host a Tequila Tasting

Hosting a tequila tasting can be a fun and educational experience for you and your guests. Here are some steps to follow when planning a tequila tasting:

Buy Supplies For The Event

Purchasing the right supplies for the occasion is the first step towards organizing a successful tequila tasting. Properly chosen supplies can not only ensure that your event runs smoothly but also make a good impression on your guests. We've listed the necessary supplies below to help you elevate your tequila tasting:

  • Flight paddles: Also referred to as flight boards or flight carriers which are an excellent tool for transporting and organizing your tequila flights.
  • Flight glasses: A flight glass is specifically designed for samplings and tastings. They are available in several different sizes and typically feature a simple design. 
  • Quality Dinnerware: Consider buying in quality dinnerware such as plates, bowls, and tasting dishes.

Determine Tequila Selection

After buying supplies, you choose what tequila to serve. You should feature a variety of tequilas in your selection to get the best results from your tasting.

How to Host a Tequila Tasting

Decide On a Menu

Tequila is a versatile drink, but it generally pairs well with citrus or lime and dishes that contain white meat, fish, or pork. 

Here are some popular tequila-tasting foods to offer on your menu:

  • Chicken tacos
  • Pork tacos
  • Ceviche
  • Grilled asparagus, green peppers, or corn
  • Nachos
  • Flan

Conclusion

In conclusion, tequila tasting is a fun and delicious way to explore the world of this popular distilled spirit. Whether you prefer it straight or in a cocktail, taking the time to taste and savor different types of tequila can expand your palate and enhance your appreciation for this beloved drink. So why not gather some friends and host your own tequila tasting event? 

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