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How to Drink Tequila

Tequila selection As with wine a wine tasting, decide if you want to taste your tequilas blind or reveal the brands. Arrange them in flights with lighter whites to start and move into reposados onto heavier añejos, or you can pick one type, like anejos, and taste a flight of a several brands and compare them. Types of tequila to choose from: mixto, blanco, reposado, anejo, extra anejo and sotol.

Glass It really is important for savoring tequila. The Riedel tequila glass is ideal, but an ISO-glass works as well. When you have the right glass you will experience the density, sweetness and balance of tequila.

Temperature Tequila is best served cool (but not cold out of the refrigerator), at around 59 fahrenheit (15 degrees Celcius)

Rotate it, don’t swirl (this is not wine) Pour about 15 milliliters of tequila (1.5 cl) in the glass, tilt the glass and rotate it carefully to let the volatile alcohols evaporate.

Look at it – Color Is it clear, yellow, or amber in color. The oak barrel aging treatments for reposados and anejos creates the darker colors. Are there any imperfections – cloudy or an odd color…?

Inhale it- Aroma Instead of putting your nose directly into the glass like you were sniffing wine (because the higher alcohol will oversaturate your nose and eyes) move the glass up and down in front of your nose about 4cm back and take four small sniffs with your mouth open. Smell accounts for 60% of the taste, so you want to spend some time here. You will find, depending on the origin of the tequila, that you’ll be able to point out aromas such as red apples, almond, butterscotch, citrus, thyme, chocolate, pepper, olive, citrus fruits and more.

Sip it- Palate Take a small sip slowly. Hold the tequila between your lips and tip of your tongue for five seconds before swishing it all over your tongue to let your mouth get used to the alcohol. Now breathe with your mouth open and the liquid still there. Finally swallow slowly and let the back notes emerge. What is difficult about pinning the exact characteristics of tequila, is that we are not familiar with the flavor of the agave plant. With wine, we know what a blackberry tastes like, or the smell of earth for example, but with agave, its not as clear.
-As a general rule, blancos tend to taste of citrus and herbs with a hint of pepper, while reposados take on the oak, olive or vanilla of their casks. Añejos are woodier, with cinnamon, caramel, nuts or cocoa notes.
-The Highlands of Jalisco have a distinct soil and agave growing landscape that generally produces sweeter agaves with less fiber and more floral and herbal aromas. The Tequila Valley (or lowlands) tends to produce less sweet agaves with more mineral characteristics.

Make your assessment If its blind, ask yourself, is this aged? Silver? can you guess the price? is it 100% agave or a mixto? Do you like it? Would you buy it again?

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