Tequila tasting is a process that engages your visual, olfactory and taste senses. With this we can greatly appreciate in its entirety the characteristics of this noble spirit drink. There is no set ritual for drinking Tequilas such as Silver, Gold, Rested, Aged or Extra Aged. It is common to shoot it down, most of the time accompanied with tip of salt, a lime and in other occasions with Sangrita.
Today there is a more extraordinary way to drink Tequila, a way that has always been there, but few selected have chosen to enjoy. This new extraordinary way has come about due mostly to the rigorous quality controls for which Tequila has to go through.
We recommend you to choose a desired Tequila and a special Riedel glass for Tequila. Fill your glass up to about one third and enjoy the MACHO way for Tequila tasting.
Here are some key points to achieve the maximum tasting experience.
On a table with a white tablecloth as background, tilt the glass about 60 degrees, observe the liquid’s color and texture as this varies according to the aging:
Observe the liquid’s brilliance and transparency. Swirl gently the glass, it will now spread on the glass walls and this will show the body of the tequila. The quality of the body will be shown by the few “tears” slowly sliding down from the top part.
As you draw your nose towards the glass, inhale deeply to perceive the aromas of the Tequila. While rotating your glass you will now be able to acknowledge the second aromas as they are released by movement.
A fine Tequila will present balance and harmony in a collection of scents:
- Primary smells: Cooked agave.
- Secondary smells: Pleasant smoke.
- Terciary smells: The barrel that was used; white oak, american oak, etc. If the barrel was previously used with another spirit such as bourbon, cognac or whiskey, it will acquire some of its characteristics.
When tasting Tequila human taste buds are able to sense on their tongue four different flavors of this spirit in four different zones: sweetness, saltiness, sourness and bitterness.
After taking that small first sip of Tequila, let it stay in your mouth for about ten seconds, this way you will be able to perceive with more details its characteristics. A good Tequila will have persistence, leaving its flavor effects for a longer time. The more time the Tequila has spent in the oak barrel the more of a wood taste that it will have, thus being more abrasive on the tongue.
Every step of the production process of Tequila gives it its unique characteristics. The finest Tequilas will have a full body with a perfect balance and harmony. These characteristics may be shaped by the soil where the agave was planted, time of maturity, climate, growing technique, cutting and cooking of the piña (heart), fermenting, distilling and aging. As every step plays a vital role in the finishing product.