We care about tequila – from how it’s made to what the bottles look like, and especially how it tastes. Long gone are the days of drinking paint-thinner mixto tequila as fast as you can to avoid that burn. Now, we mix cocktails to enhance the flavor, rather than hide it. We have already shared many different ways to enjoy tequila (without doing shots). This is what we do, because we we care about you, the tequila enthusiast. So, now we’d like to share our (nearly) fanatical methods for how to sip tequila and really taste it. Trust us, the right tequila tastes better than good.
How to Sip Tequila: A Step-By-Step Breakdown
- Determine the first tequila in your tasting flight. We recommend a “light to dark” approach. Start with Organic Blanco, Organic Reposado, Añejo, and end with Black, 2-Year Extra-Aged Añejo.
- Pour one ounce of tequila, as measured with a jigger, in a snifter. Hold the snifter at the base (not the bowl). Cupping or holding the bowl of the glass tranfers heat from your hands to the tequila and can augment the flavor. If you don’t have a snifter, you can use another stemmed glass, like a wine glass or champagne flute.
- Swirl the tequila softly around the bowl of the glass for a minute. Note how the tequila clings to the side of the glass and falls slowly to form a “string of pearls” effect.
- Take a small sip, keeping the tequila between your lips and very tip of your tongue for 10 seconds.
- Gently swish the tequila around the inside of your mouth and swallow.
- Repeat these steps with each marque.
Tequila Tasting Notes
Tequila tastes and preferences are deeply personal. Purists prefer the clean floral nose of agave and a hint of lemon that’s found in the Blanco. Aficionados reach for the light agave aroma and hints of vanilla, wood and butterscotch of the Reposado. The classic nose of fruit and caramel, smooth buttery finish of vanilla and baking spices, chocolate, and caramel draw the tequila savant to the Añejo. While the strong up-front vanilla aroma, and full-bodied flavor of cocoa, sarsaparilla and spices lead connoisseurs to the Extra-Aged Añejo.
No matter what category (purist, aficionado, savant, or connoisseur) you fall into, remember there is no wrong one. Just as tequila is an #equalopportunitycitruslover, we are #equalopportunitytequilalovers. How you decide to sip tequila is completely up to you. We encourage you to follow us on social media to share your tasting experiences and learn different ways to enjoy tequila (like in food).