October 2018: Anejo Tequila Aged in Bourbon Barrels

Bourbon Barrel Aged Anejo Tequila

Anejo Tequila

First, basic definition: Tequila distilled from Blue Agave plant primarily in the region of Tequila, Mexico. Tequila is a type of Mezcal (and the regions of production of the two drinks are overlapping). The distinction is that tequila must use only blue agave plants rather than any type of agave.

There are 4 basic categories of Tequila:

Blanco Tequila (aged less than 2 months)

Reposado Tequila (aged between 2 months and 1 year)

Anejo Tequila (aged between 1 and 3 years)

Extra Anejo Tequila (first established in 2006 and is aged greater than 3 years and usually rested for a second time in either Sherry or Wine casks)

Anejo Tequila is typically aged in American White Oak or French Oak barrels. Commonly, the distilleriesΒ  use Bourbon or Scotch barrels for aging Reposado and Anejo. However, Scotch is far less common due to the obvious difference in shipping expense between the two spirits. By far the most common Bourbon barrels originate from either Jim Beam or Jack Daniel’s. And most will not specify which distillery cask is being used.

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