- Cuervo Gold is not a premium tequila.
- Tequila is not meant to be taken as a shot every time you drink it.
- Your buddies from San Diego State who “totally drank the worm from the bottle of tequila,” are lying to you.
Let’s take that last part first. It is a fairly common misconception that one can find a worm in a bottle of tequila but I’m afraid unless it crawled in after you opened the bottle it’s not likely to happen.
What you’re probably drinking is mescal, another type of Mexican liquor that like tequila is made from the agave plant. As mescal is bottled a cured worm, usually the larva of an agave snout weevil or the caterpillar of a certain type of moth that is found near agave plants, is added for flavor and aesthetic. For tequila it’s actually illegal to add a worm.
- Silver is bottled soon after it’s distilled, spending at most a couple of months in steel barrels.
- Gold is what you get when you blend silver with a reposado or añejo.
- Reposado is aged for at least two months but less than a year in oak barrels.
- Añejo is aged at least one year but less than three in oak barrels.
- Extra Añejo: A few years ago distillers started offering extra añejo which is aged at least three years. Here’s what all that means: the silver tastes most like the fermented agave, some might say the pure taste of tequila.
Eric Valenzuela has continually transplanted himself, moving from one major city to another. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, has resided in San Francisco on two separate occasions (including a stint in Vallejo - the first American city to go bankrupt!), and now comes to you from New York City. Eric defines himself as a graduate student, writer, lover, former inmate, and sarcastic guy who desperately misses In-N-Out Burger and rocketing in his Mustang convertible which was left in California. He likes dogs, rock music, tacos and Italian food. Eric periodically writes in two blogs of his own: Transplanted (http://trans-plant.blogspot.com) and I'm Supposed to be Mexican (http://www.imsupposedtobemexican.com) and now he will also be sharing some of his stories with us at hispanicla.com.