Siete Leguas tequila

Forget about the worm! - tequila part 2

Back at the end of October I wrote about tequila and its much-maligned reputation. The focus then was on blanco or un-aged tequilas, with a little information about the differences between good tequila and bad tequila. I promised a follow up looking at some of my favourite reposado and anejo tequilas, and here it is at last!
 
 
Just as with blanco there seems to be a lack of understanding or confusion about the aged or rested tequilas. It doesn’t help that the lines are quite blurred between the various categories and qualities of what’s available, with many cheaply manufactured mixto tequilas adding caramel colour to give the impression of age. As I said in my previous blog, look out for 100% agave tequilas… anything else is likely to be rough and unpleasant!
 

Forget the salt and lime!

Tequila is perhaps the most maligned of spirits, whose reputation over the years has seen it associated with ending your evening in hospital, a police cell or a gutter. It’s true that there are plenty of tequilas on the market that leave a lot to be desired but it’s also true that there are plenty that are smooth, well balanced and a pleasure to sip.

For the past five years I have been hearing people say that tequila is going to be ‘the next big thing’ in terms of spirits category, but somehow it has never really made it. Certainly the selection on most back bars has grown, and there are more tequila-based cocktails on drinks lists, but from a consumer point of view it hasn’t taken off in the way that other spirits have. Maybe it’s a slow burner or maybe all those late night shots of Jose Cuervo have just put people off forever.