What is Tequila Reposado?

Reposado Tequila
Some of the finest Reposado Tequilas on the market.

What is Tequila Reposado?

If you put the word Reposado into a translator, you’ll get the result restful. So why would people want restful tequila? Looking back on some parties where I drank a lot of tequila, they were anything but restful. No, with tequila reposado, the restful part comes from letting the tequila rest or age and has nothing to do with the person who drinks it.

The regular no name tequila that you got on Cinco de mayo or the stuff they put in shot glasses during spring break in Cancun was most likely un-aged tequila. The manufacturers distill it and then bottle it immediately. In fact it probably wasn’t made from 100% Pure Agave. Some tequilas with the word “Gold” in their name are made of equal parts agave and cane sugar. Its the cane sugar that’s a major contributor to the headache you get when you have a hangover.

Next time your buy tequila, make sure it’s made with 100% agave 1800 Silver is a good mix of quality and price. But when you’re ready for the next step, it’s time to move up to a Reposado tequila.

Reposado tequila is aged at least 2 months. Usually in a wooden barrel. Although some tequila makers will also use storage tanks which sounds a lot less appealing. Since the wooden barrels are usually made of oak, a reposado tequila will pick up a hint of oak flavor. And that blends nicely with the agave to create a nice flavor. Some premium brands will actually age their tequila in used whiskey barrels to pick up some additional flavors from the barrel. This definitely creates a more complex tequila.

Some Reposado tequilas to try:
  • Patrón Reposado
  • Tequila Reserva 1800 Reposado
  • Herradura Reposado
  • Cabo Wabo Reposado
  • Tequila Don Julio Reposado

And the best way to enjoy Reposado Tequila is with a margarita machine