Summertime is Time for Tequila

June 25, 2013

Whether you prefer tequila straight up, on the rocks or in a margarita, the summer season is a great time for this delicious liquor. Of course, making the best margarita means you need the best tequila. Choosing one of the best premium tequilas will provide a smooth drink for the long, hot days and balmy nights.

Premium tequilas are certainly not the same as any other type of tequila you will find. One of the major differences is the agave used. With premium choices, Blue Weber agaves are used, which come from a different part of Mexico. These specifically come from the highlands in Jalisco. Another quality of many premium tequilas is the 100% agave used for this delicious beverage.

If you really want the best tequila for your season, choose one made with mature agaves. The best are made with eight to twelve year old agave, which is harvested and roasted before use in the actual tequila. You can choose from the five styles including:

•    Blanco
•    Reposado
•    Anejo
•    Extra Anejo
•    Jovenes

Blanco tequila is clear and unaged, while reposado is aged in an oak barrel between two and eleven months. Anejo is aged even long, usually one to three years in a barrel. The extra anejo are even better because they’re aged over three years. Jovenes or young spirits are a blend of blanco tequilas with older tequilas for a better taste. If you’re looking of the best possible tequila, here are a few great selections.

•    DeLeon Reposado – $140
•    Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Famila – $160
•    Casa Dragones – $275
•    Milagro Unico – $300
•    Casa Herradura Seleccion Suprema – $350
•    Don Julio Real – $350
•    Partida Elegante – $350
•    Rey Sol Anejo – $400
•    Gran Patron Burdeos – $499
•    Tres-Qualtro-Cinco – $500
•    AsomBroso Reserva Del Porto – $1,100
•    1800 Coleccion – $1,800
•    Barrique de Ponciano Profidio – $2,000
•    Ultra-Premium Tequila Ley .925 Pasion Azteca – $225,000

Of course, if you choose to spend over $200,000 for a bottle of tequila, you may want to drink it straight up and not in a margarita.

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