Tequila Reposado is a type of tequila that is aged in oak barrels for a minimum of two months but no more than a year. Reposado translates to "rested" in Spanish, referring to the resting period the tequila has undergone during its aging process. This process gives the tequila a pale golden color, and a smoother taste compared to tequila Blanco.
Like all tequilas, Reposado must be made from 100% Blue Weber Agave, and must be produced in the designated region of Jalisco, Mexico. The oak barrel aging process adds a subtle essence of vanilla, caramel, and wood to the tequila, and helps to mellow out the strong agave flavors, giving it a smoother taste.
Tequila Reposado is often enjoyed neat, or in cocktails such as a Tequila Sunrise or a Paloma. The aging process also makes it perfect for sipping, alongside a serving of fresh lime wedges or a pinch of salt, to enhance its flavors. When choosing a Tequila Reposado, look for brands that are aged for at least six months in oak barrels as this often indicates a higher quality product. So if you're looking for a smooth, sophisticated tequila with more depth of flavor than a Blanco, Reposado is definitely worth your consideration. Just remember to enjoy it responsibly and in moderation.
Tequila Reposado differs from other varieties by the storage process in oak barrels, which lasts a minimum of 2 months and a maximum of 1 year. During this storage, Tequila Reposado takes on a golden color and develops smooth, mature aromas and flavors that can be reminiscent of vanilla, cinnamon and caramel. Compared to Blanco tequila, Reposado has a smoother and more complex flavor, but not as intense as Anejo or Extra Anejo tequila, which is often stored for several years. The mix of agave flavor and barrel aging makes Reposado perfect for sophisticated tequila cocktails and can also be enjoyed neat.
Tequila Blanco has a clear, mild and refreshing taste and aroma characteristic of blue agave. The flavors can vary from salty, citrusy, peppery to fruity. It is known for its vibrant, clean and fresh flavors and is often used in margaritas and other tequila-based cocktails.