How to Select the Best Tequila

When it comes to choosing between tequilas, the selection can be overwhelming. Confronted with a dizzying array of bottles in all shapes, sizes, and colors, it may seem impossible to know where to begin, let alone how to separate good from bad. Luckily, the keys to quality tequila come down to knowing a few words en Español.

Agave Azul

Spanish for blue, well, agave, this is what makes tequila. One indication of tequila quality is its blue agave content. Cheaper distillations often substitute sugar water or other plant syrups. Look for 100% blue agave on the label.


Meaning “white” in Spanish, blanco is the clear tequila that is most common. It is aged less than two months and has a far less refined flavor. This type of tequila is also known as silver.


Spanish for “rested,” reposado tequila is aged in oak barrels for up to a year, for a more mellow taste.


Spanish for “aged,” this variety is where you find premium, sipping tequilas. Añejotequila is aged between one and three years, developing a much smoother quality and a pronounced, oaky finish.

Now that you have a handle on the lingo, it’s time to put your knowledge to the test. Click here to check out a great tequila bar in Mountain View!

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