What is the difference between Tequila Reposado and Anejo

Tequila is an alcoholic beverage obtained through the fermentation and distillation processes of blue agave, a type of maguey. The tequila must be made from blue tequila ( agave tequiliana weber ) and sugars in some cases. If it is not prepared with this type of agave, it cannot be called tequila, but instead will have other names such as aguardiente or  mezcal . Tequila is originally from Mexico and thanks to its denomination of origin it can only be manufactured in this country.

Within the world of tequila production, there are a couple of categories. These are the abocante tequila and the 100% agave. These in turn are classified into white, reserve, young, extra-aged, aged and reposado tequila. These last two are among the most popular and appreciated.

Comparison chart

rested tequila
aged tequila
What is it? Reposado tequila can be abocado. Originally, reposado tequila is white tequila, the difference is the type of rest that is given so that it becomes reposado. Like reposado, añejo can be abocado. This one has much softer notes than the reposado although with a stronger wood flavor. For this reason it is considered by many to be more sophisticated.
Maturation This type of tequila is subject to a maturation process of at least two months and up to a year. This must be carried out in oak or oak barrels. There must be direct contact between the liquid and the wood. The maturation process of aged tequila must be between one and three years. The aging must be carried out in oak or oak barrels with a capacity of no more than 600 litres. Likewise, there must be direct contact between the liquid and the wood. 

It is preferable that the barrels are new.

Alcohol content The reposado has a graduation of 30° GL. Instead, aged tequila has an alcohol content of 40° GL.

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