Tequila is often associated with vibrant parties and lively celebrations. But beyond its festive reputation, Tequila has a rich history deeply rooted in craftsmanship and tradition. While many might picture Tequila as a quick shot accompanied by a slice of lime and a sprinkle of salt, there is an entire world of premium Tequila that is as refined and elegant as the finest wines and spirits. In this article, we will explore the artistry and dedication that goes into crafting premium Tequila, from the cultivation of Agave to the long and complicated ageing process.
THE HEART OF TEQUILA: AGAVE CULTIVATION
The journey of premium Tequila begins in the Agave fields, where the iconic Blue Weber Agave plants are carefully grown. These succulent plants, which take around seven years to reach maturity, are the lifeblood of Tequila production. Master distillers and Agave farmers, known as Jimadors, work in harmony to select and harvest only the ripest Agave hearts (called piñas). The quality of the Agave and the expertise of these farmers play a central role in determining the final flavour profile and quality of the Tequila.
PROCESSING THE PERFECT PIÑA
Once harvested, the Agave piñas are roasted to unlock their rich flavours. Traditional methods involve baking the piñas in a Hornos, a beehive-shaped outdoor oven. The roasting process caramelises the sugars in the Agave, imparting a distinct sweetness and complexity to the Tequila.
THE ART OF DISTILLATION
After roasting, the Agave is crushed to extract the juice in order to be fermented and distilled. Master distillers carefully oversee this process, ensuring that only the finest flavours are captured. The distillation process can take place multiple times, with each distillation refining the spirit further. Premium Tequilas such as VIVIR Tequila
often undergo double or triple distillation to achieve exceptional purity and clarity.
THE AGING JOURNEY
One of the key factors that set premium Tequila apart is the ageing process. Aged Tequilas (i.e. Reposados and Añejos) are rested in oak barrels, similar to fine wines and whiskies. The ageing period can range from 2 months to more than a year. With each passing month, the flavour profile and character get more intricate and powerful.
If you are looking for a fresh and clean flavour, we recommend you try VIVIR Tequila Blanco
. This unaged Tequila provides floral and light flavours.
If you are looking for something with a bit more maturity, we would advise VIVIR Tequila Reposado. It is Tequila Blanco that has been matured in American Oak bourbon casks for 6 months. It will offer you notes such as vanilla, caramel and melted butter.
If you wish to try an exceptional drink with character, we would recommend you try VIVIR Tequila Añejo. Recently voted the world's best spirit by UK experts, this 100% Agave Tequila is a true gem. It is made of Tequila Blanco and is aged for 18 months in American Oak bourbon casks, resulting in a beautifully balanced flavour profile with hints of smoky oak, burnt bananas, and chocolate.
THE FINAL PRODUCT
Once the ageing process is complete, the Tequila is carefully blended and sometimes filtered to achieve the desired balance and flavour profile. The result is a premium Tequila that embodies the craftsmanship, tradition, and elegance of its makers.
SIPPING & SAVOURING
Unlike their cheaper counterparts, premium Tequilas are meant to be sipped and savoured. No shots, please! The artistry and dedication that go into crafting these exquisite spirits are evident with every sip. Whether you prefer the bright, earthy Agave tones of a Blanco, the smooth, slight sweetness of a Reposado, or the rich indulgence of an Añejo, premium Tequilas offer a world of flavours to explore.
The next time you raise a glass of premium Tequila, take a moment to appreciate the centuries-old craftsmanship and the passionate individuals who have dedicated their lives to perfecting this iconic Mexican spirit. From Agave to elegance, the journey of premium Tequila is a testament to the beauty of tradition and the pursuit of excellence.
If you wish to get your hands on the best quality Tequila available in the UK, visit our online shop
to find Premium 100% Agave Tequila.
Remember to always drink responsibly, and enjoy your Tequila in moderation.