December 4, 2023

The Mystery & History of Tequila

Tequila, made from blue agave plants grown in Mexico, is distilled there too, but Texans have long enjoyed the potent elixir, both in myriad cocktail concoctions (margaritas) and, for the no-nonsense crowd, as a straight-up shot.

Tequila is the star of the classic margarita. Forget the sweeteners and adulterating additions: according to a 1979 peice by executive editor Mimi Swartz, “margaritas are supposed to be strong; you’re supposed to taste the tequila.” In fact, in our recommended “classic margarita” recipe, taken from Diana Kennedy’s cookbook The Cuisines of Mexico, the perfect ratio is 1 part tequila to 1 part mixings (which should only be triple sec and fresh-squeezed limes).



The main two types of Tequila are first split into two categories, 100% Blue Agave, and Tequila Mixto (Mixed). Mixto Tequila contains a minimum of 51% Blue Agave, and the remaining 49% from other sugars (typically cane sugars). The additional products allowed in Mixto Tequilas are caramel color, oak extract flavoring, glycerin, and sugar based syrup. Mixto Tequila can now be bottled outside of the Tequila territory, including other countries, which started January 6, 2006.



  1. Tequila Silver – Blanco – Plata – White – Platinum
    This is the Blue Agave spirit in its purest form. It is clear and typically un-aged, where the true flavors and the intensity of the Agave are present, as well as the natural sweetness. It can be bottled directly after distillation, or stored in stainless steel tanks to settle for up to 4 weeks. There are some Blanco products that are aged for up to 2 months to provide a smoother or “Suave” spirit.

  1. Tequila Gold – Joven – Oro
    Gold Tequila is typically a Mixto, where colorants and flavorings have been added prior to bottling. These “young and adulterated” Tequilas are less expensive and used in many bars and restaurants for “mixed drinks”.

There are exceptions however, as a “Gold” or “Joven” Tequila can also be the result of blending a Silver Tequila with a Reposado and/or Añejo Tequila, while keeping the 100% Agave classification.

  1. Tequila Reposado
    A Reposado Tequila is the first stage of “rested and aged”. The Tequila is aged in wood barrels or storage tanks between 2 months and 11 months. The spirit takes on a golden hue and the taste becomes a good balance between the Agave and wood flavors. Many different types of wood barrels are used for aging, with the most common being American or French oak. Some Tequilas are aged in used bourbon / whiskey, cognac, or wine barrels, and will inherit unique flavors from the previous spirit.

Reposado Tequilas are also referred to as “rested” and “aged”.


  1. Tequila Añejo(extra aged)
    After aging for at least one year, Tequila can then be classified as an “Añejo”. The distillers are required to age Añejo Tequila in barrels that do not exceed 600 liters. This aging process darkens the Tequila to an Amber color, and the flavor can become smoother, richer, and more complex.

Añejo Tequilas are also referred to as “aged” and “extra-aged”.

  1. Tequila Extra Añejo(ultra aged)
    A new classification added in the summer of 2006, labeling any Tequila aged more than 3 years, an “Extra Añejo”. Following the same rule as an “Añejo”, the distillers must age the spirit in barrels or containers with a maximum capacity of 600 liters. With this extended amount of aging, the Tequila becomes much darker, more of a Mahogany color, and is so rich that it becomes difficult to distinguish it from other quality aged spirits. After the aging process, the alcohol content must be diluted by adding distilled water. These Extra Añejo’s are extremely smooth and complex.

Extra Añejo Tequilas are also referred to as “ultra-aged”.

  1. Other types of Tequila spirits you can find on the market include Tequila Liqueurs, Tequila Cremes, Tequila Infusions, Flavored Tequilas, and Tequila soft drinks.  Many of these products are used in specialty cocktails, restaurant dishes and desserts. Mixto Tequila is standard for most liqueurs and flavored products, but it is best to check the label and look for “Made with 100% Agave Tequila”.


This is the range of Tequila that we have:

1 1800 Anejo Tequila
2 1800 Coconut Tequila
3 1800 Tequila Resposado
4 1800 Tequila Silver
5 Altos Agave Olmeca Resposado
6 Avion Espresso Tequila
7 Avion Tequila Anejo
8 Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequilla
9 Calle 23 Blanco Tequila
10 Calle 23 Tequila Reposado
11 Calle 23 Criollo Tequila
12 Calle 23 Tequila Anejo
13 Camino Real Tequila
14 Casamigos Blanco Tequila
15 Cazadores Anejo Tequlia
16 Cazadores Blanco Tequila
17 Codigo 1530 Tequila Rosa Blanco
18 Codigo Tequila Anejo
19 Coyote Tequila
20 Don Julio Anejo Tequila
21 Don Julio Blanco Tequila
22 Don Julio Reservade Resposado Tequila
23 Don Julio Tequila 1942
24 El Jimador Anejo Tequila
25 El Jimador Tequila Blanco
26 El Jimador Tequila Reposado 100% De Agave
27 Espolon Anejo Tequlia
28 Espolon Blanco Tequila
29 Espolon Resposado Tequila
30 Herradura Anejo Tequila
31 Herradura Plata Silver Tequila
32 Herradura Tequila Reposado
33 Jose Cuervo Especial (Silver)
34 Jose Cuervo Especial Tequila Gold
35 Jose Cuervo Reposado Gold Tequila
36 Mezcal Vida Tequila
37 Milagro Anejo Select Barrel Reserve
36 Milagro Reposado Select Barrel Reserve
37 Milagro Silver De Agave Anejo Tequila
38 Milagro Silver Select Barrel Reserve
39 Monte Alban Mezcal Tequilla
40 Olmeca Reposado Gold Tequila
41 Olmeco Altos Tequila Plata
42 Olmeco Altos Tequila Reposado
43 Patron Anejo Tequila
44 Patron Incendio XO Cafe
45 Patron Resposado Tequilla
46 Patron Silver Blanco Tequila
47 Patron Silver Tequila
48 Patron XO Café Dark Cocoa Tequila
49 Patron XO Café Incendio Tequila
50 Patron XO Café Tequila
51 Sauza Blanco Tequila
52 Sauza Tequila Gold
53 Sauza Tequila Hornitos
54 Scorpion Mezcal Reposado Tequila
55 Sierra Reposado Gold Tequila
56 Sierra Tequila Silver
57 Tequila Blu Reposado
58 Tres Generaciones Anejo Tequila
59 Ultima Pure Tequila
60 XXX Siglo Treinta Silver Tequila