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Tequila la la la! The 411 on everything you need to know

Updated: Jul 31, 2020

Our Director of Sales, Sel, has a secret talent. She's a tequila sommelier! Since we've all got tequila on the mind this week, we asked her to answer some questions about this delicious spirit.

Read on for the rundown on everything you need to know about tequila, and some of her favorite bargains and splurges.

We can't either... so here are a few things you should know though before your pick up your next bottle.

Q: Give us the 411 on tequila. It’s only tequila when it’s from Mexico, correct?

A: In 1974, Mexico established the Appellation of Origin of Tequila, which then created a Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT) that enforces standards for creating Tequila.  

These include: 

  • Tequila can only be made from 5 states in Mexico. This was set based on where the best blue agave plants can be grown.

  • Each tequila must contain a NOM 006 (Official Mexican Standard).  This requires the standards, legalities, and characteristics that need to be followed in order to produce, bottle, and sell Tequila. You will see each bottle of Tequila include a NOM number on their label. 

  • Each batch made must go through an elaborate process, checking the authenticity of the blue weber agave and the Tequila production process, before it can be signed off by the CRT.

Q: What are the types? Why are they different?  

A: There are two categories- 100% Blue Agave Tequila or Tequila.  100% Blue Agave is the purest form of Tequila and has to be produced and bottled in its origin.  Tequila can be made with at least 51% blue weber agave.  This category usually contains more sugars, and things that give you a headache. So, definitely worth reading a little closer!

There are 3 main classifications of tequila: Blanco (unaged), Reposado (aged 6mo-1year), Anejo (aged 1yr min).  There is also an extra Anejo that a few distilleries create that requires aging of 3years minimum.