Bottling and Aging Tequila
Tequila blanco, undiluted, is the starting point for all sipping tequilas that make their way to your glass. If the tequila is meant to stay a blanco, it will be diluted down to 40% and put into a bottle straight away. If it is meant to be aged tequila, its put directly into the barrel of choice for the selected amount of time, and diluted after it is removed from the barrel.
The different classifications of Tequila are listed below:
Blancos or silver tequilas are for the most part, unaged. However they can lightly be rested in oak for up to 60 days
Jovens are blanco tequilas with anything added to them. More times than not, this is the category the scary gold tequilas from our worst nights are in. They are mixto tequilas, not 100% blue agave tequila.
Reposado tequilas are rested in wood barrels anywhere from 2 months right up to a day before 1 year.
Anejo tequilas are aged in wood barrels from 1 year up to 3 years
Extra Anejo tequilas are aged longer than 3 years in wood barrels.
An aged tequila that is filtered again to remove the color for a clear sipping tequila, with aged characteristics. Most often seen with Añejos and Extra Añejos.