There are over 1000 Tequila brands, all of them offering the “authentic spirit of Mexico.” Liquor stores carry bottles of various kinds of the spirit ranging in price from $20 to $100+. If you were to try and explore the world of this noble spirit, things could get a little confusing.
First of all, you have to remember that there are two types of tequila and one of them isn’t considered “tequila” at all. First we have 100% blue agave tequilas. They can only be produced in a handful of regions in Mexico and nowhere else. The second type is called Mixto Tequila, which is a spirit that’s made of at least 51% blue agave. The rest can be extra sweeteners, fillers and so on. This kind of spirit can be made pretty much anywhere in the world.
To confuse things even further, the authentic 100% blue agave tequila is divided further. We have Blanco, Reposado, Anejoand Extra Anejo. If you move further south, outside of Mexico, you’ll see other spirits made from blue agave such as Mezcal.
Extra Anejo is a fairly new classification added only in the summer of 2006. The ruling stated that any tequila could be labelled as “Extra Anejo,” if aged for more than three years. It also has to be aged in barrels that have a capacity of no more than 600 litres. As a result, the spirit ends up being much darker in colour and richer and more complex in flavour.
Extra Anejo tequila is the most expensive. Smooth and gentle, Extra Anejo should be enjoyed, not shot or mixed.
If you want to try this exquisite kind of tequila, you can buy Extra Anejo at our ZYN stores in Calgary, Alberta, Canada or shop online at ZYN.ca!