Choosing Tequila….does price really matter?
Cost is not always equal to quality and taste; however, both will be affected depending upon the use of deep well water sources, original slow, baking ovens vs. fast processing. In addition, the longer the aging process (labor and time) usually equates to higher cost. If you are getting a bottle for less than $30 you are probably getting a quickly made product processed by a diffuser vs. baked traditional brick ovens. Just ensure the label says “100% AGAVE”!
Pairing Tequila with your favorite foods:
You live in Arizona, the great southwest, so why are you pairing your fantastic dishes with a drink from France?!
Tequila pairs beautifully with all foods, PLUS if you’re looking for an impressive table accent, a gorgeous tequila bottle can really add some interest. A quick lesson in different ages of tequila is in order to understand the pairing. There are 4 age designations of Tequila: Blanco (un-aged); Reposado (Rested) usually in new or used oak barrel (whiskey, bourbon, cognac, even Bordeaux) and Anejo & Extra Anejo (Aged) are rested even longer.
Can I store tequila?
With a tight seal to limit evaporation, tequila can be stored an unlimited amount of time. Many of the distilleries are going to rubber corks that allow a tight seal. And no, once the spirit has been removed from the barrel it does not continue to age.