Once distillation is complete you are left with Tequila in its purest form, clear, crisp and full of flavour! It is unadulterated and pure, however a lot of producers decide to age their product in new or used wooden barrels, giving it extra flavours.
There are 4 types of ‘generations’:
Blanco is straight from the still and has all the natural flavours of the ground in which it grew. Some producers decide to let the tequila rest in stainless steel for a short while, allowing the edges to soften.
Reposado means rested and has been aged in a barrel for a minimum of 2 months to a maximum of 12 months. This gives it a slightly more oaky taste as you can imagine and is perfect for whiskey lovers.
An Anejo has been aged for more than 1 year, and anything that has been aged for 3 years or more is called an Extra Anejo. These are wonderful sippers and great in an old fashioned. The barrel imparts a far stronger smoky and woody flavour in comparison to the Reposado, not just because it’s aged longer but also because they traditionally use smaller barrels.
Fun fact: Some producers play music for the resting spirit, as they believe it helps the flavours balance and grow in to something more beautiful! This wonderful thought actually does have some logic: Put very simply the music lets off sound waves that pass through the barrels and very gently keeps the liquid moving, so it never settles and mixes evenly with the flavours seeping through the oak barrels.