What’s all this blanco, reposado, and añejo business?
The two categories of tequila above are divided into a variety of styles:
1) Blanco (white): Blanco tequila is either un-aged or slightly aged (less than two months) in stainless steel or neutral oak barrels. It’s clear, and according to aficionados, represents “the purest taste of agave.”
2) Reposado (rested): Darker and possessing more depth of flavor, this tequila has been aged at least two months but no more than a year.
3) Añejo (aged): The darkest of the three, añejo has been aged at least a year, but no more than three. It has great complexity of flavor, with whiskey-like notes from the aging process, including vanilla and oak.
4) Extra Añejo (very aged): The growing category of extra añejo features tequilas that have been aged at least 3 years in oak barrels.