Blanco is the Blue Agave spirit in its purest form. It is colorless and typically un-aged, letting the true flavors and the intensity of the Agave shine, along with it’s natural sweetness.
Meaning “rested”, this is the first stage of mellowing beyond blanco. The tequila is aged in wooden barrels or storage tanks for a period of time usually between 2 and 11 months. Most often, the tequila takes on a golden hue and the flavor of the Agave and wood become well balanced.
Translating into ‘aged’, Anejo tequila is rested for a minimum of 1 year as is required by law to earn this name. The aging process darkens the tequila to an amber color, and the flavor can become smoother, richer, and more complex.
In 2006, Extra Anejo was declared a new Tequila classification. It can only be earned by aging the Tequila more than 3 years, while still following the same rules and process for regular anejos. This makes the tequila much darker and more of a mahogany color, and is so rich that it becomes difficult to distinguish it from other quality aged spirits. Extra Anejos are extremely smooth and complex, and are meant to be sipped.