It’s hard to argue with me about what the best day of the year is. July 24th is not only my birthday, it’s National Tequila Day!
This year I received some appropriate presents in the mail and, of course, I had to give them a spin on this special day.
Three bottles showed up on my door from Herradura Tequila, Reposado, Anejo, and Silver. In case you don’t know, these tequilas are classified by how long they were aged in wood casks. The Silver is not aged, the Reposado was aged 11 months and the Anejo was aged for two years.
Aging tequila, as it does with wine, whiskey and other spirits, changes both the color and taste as it picks up a bit of the characteristics of the wood. In the case of Herradura, I preferred the Reposado. It didn’t have an overpowering oaky flavor, but did pick up the characteristics of vanilla and a bit of sweetness.
The Herradura Silver was my next favorite – tequila in its purest form – while the Anejo was a bit more for whiskey lovers, who would say they appreciate the finest things in life.
Herradura wasn’t the only one sending me birthday tequila. Sauza’s 901 Silver, co-founded by Justin Timberlake, has quite a story. It’s said to be triple distilled, from agave that is at least seven years old. It’s also gently extracted and steamed, to get out all of the flavors.
I confess that this all seemed a bit over the top to me. Although it’s hard not to trust JT, I had to try it for myself. The truth is, it’s the best 901 Silver is the best tequila of its kind I have tasted.
It retains the agave fruit and goes down smooth as silk. I could sip this, preferably over ice, all night long.