What’s Your Tequila?

Our three tequila expressions: Blanco, Reposado and Anejo

As some people know, there are three different expressions of Tequila: Blanco, Reposado and Añejo. But let’s be frank (and less pretentious): expression just means age or aging.

Blanco Tequila, like a lot of white wine, is aged very little or (as is the case with Tres Agaves) not at all. Reposado is aged between 2 and 12 months and finally, Añejo is aged anywhere from 1 year to 3 years.

But the real question is which one is right for you? We’ve created this little quiz to help you figure it out.

1. The favors I like most in food are:
a. Herbal, earthy, spicy
b. Caramel, soft, cinnamon
c. Vanilla, pepper, citrus

2. The cocktails I go for are like:
a. Martinis or any spicy cocktail
b. Manhattans or Old Fashioneds
c. Palomas or Cosmopolitans

3. I mostly prefer:
a. Having my alcohol in cocktails
b. Sipping my alcohol neat
c. Somewhere in between

If your answers were:

Mostly A’s. Purer than driven snow, your answers suggest you are a Blanco person. Blanco provides the most herbal expression of tequila and so is great for mixing in a wide variety of cocktails including ones that are spicy or blend with other herbal types of liqueurs.

Mostly B’s: It seems like you like a bit of a mix because you lean towards Reposado. Because of its aging, Reposado gives you the best of both worlds – a bit of vanilla from barrels and some of the agave plant’s pepper notes. That makes it great for both fruit-focused cocktails or sipping neat.

Mostly C’s You may be someone who likes bourbon or other whiskeys because it seems you lean towards Añejos. Because they are aged the longest of the three expressions we are discussing here, Añejos pick up more flavors and color from the barrels, which makes them a bit richer and more mellow (just like whiskey). That makes Añejos great for darker cocktails or sipping on ice.

There are no wrong answers and we hope that this quiz encourages to try all sorts of Tequila. Just try and make it Tres Agaves Organic 100% de Agave Tequila ok?

Blue Agave: Health Facts

You may have heard about this magical plant the Blue Weber Agave plant. And the fact that it is the only ingredient allowed in 100% de Agave Tequila (like Tres Agaves) is not the only reason.

The Blue Weber Agave plant is the only ingredient used in agave nectar. To make the nectar, the agave plant’s piñas are crushed to extract the juices, which are then heated and filtered to create the simple sugar fructose, and then concentred into a syrup. Despite the fact that there are more steps in making agave syrup than say, harvesting honey from a beehive, it’s still considered a healthy option. Agave nectar has:

  • The same calories as honey (54 cal per tablespoon)
  • A very low glycemic index (19-27 vs. 83 and 89 in honey and high fructose corn syrup, respectively) means you won’t get high blood sugar levels.
  • Agave contains saponins, which have anti-inflammatory and immune system-boosting properties (think quinoa and ginseng)

The agave plant is also the source of the probiotic inulin. Inulin acts as food for certain gut bacteria and has been suggested by numerous studies to relieve constipation and promote weight loss.

The more you know!

Dispelling Tequila Myths

Tequila has long had a lot of myths and misinformation surrounding it, which has resulted in it having a certain reputation. But now it’s time to clear up those myths so that you can enjoy tequila in all its glory.  

The Worm

Contrary to popular belief, a bottle of Tequila should never have a worm in it. Some low-quality mezcals contain worms, but it’s best practice to never drink any bottle with a worm in it. By the way, in reality, the worm isn’t really a worm at all, it’s the larvae from a butterfly caterpillar. The more you know.

Tequila is Guaranteed to Give You a Hangover  

No, only bad Tequila is more likely to do that (and only if you drink too much of it, which you should never do). There are two main ways to make tequila: one where 100% of the alcohol comes from the agave plant (100% de Agave Tequila), and another where only 51% of the alcohol needs to come from agave (Misto). It is the Misto that can make your head hurt, mostly because the non-agave alcohol content is frequently of poor quality to keep the price low.  The moral of the story: always buy 100% de Agave Tequila (and if you could make it Tres Agaves, that would be nice) 

You should only use Blanco for cocktails:  

While a Blanco is most popularly used in cocktails, really any Tequila varietal can make a great cocktail.  Try mixing our Reposado in your margarita for a little darker, smokier taste. You can also sub in. tequila for other alcohols in cocktails: try making a Manhattan with Añejo instead of whiskey. 

Tequila is produced from any agave, anywhere in Mexico 

It’s actually a lot more specific than that. Tequila can only be made from the Blue Weber agave, which (by the way) is not a cactus but a member of the lily family, and closely related to yucca, beargrass, and sotol.  What’s more, there are only five states legally permitted to produce Tequila.  While the majority of Tequila comes from the state of Jalisco, Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas have municipal districts sanctioned to produce Tequila.  

All Tequila Tastes the Same 

Definitely not! Just like wine, Tequilas have terroire, an element of taste that comes from the environment where the agave was grown. Tres Agaves is made from agave grown in the Tequila Valley. The plants are older, the soil is more volcanic, and the weather is hotter and wetter. This results in spicier tequilas with a strong citrus element. In contrast, Los Altos (The Highlands) area, has soil that is rich in iron and weather that is both cooler and dryer. This results in slightly sweeter tequilas with hints of vanilla and fruit.   

There you have it – a few of Tequila’s most popular misbeliefs dispelled. Check out our products, we sell organic 100% de Agave Tequila and organic cocktail mixers. We have dozens of delicious cocktails recipes to step your bartending game up, as well! Salud.

Notes & Words and Tres Agaves

Tres Agaves is proud to have extended its partnership with Notes & Words—a benefit to support UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Foundation—to five years. As is custom, Notes & Words boasted top-level talent with this year’s line up including Dave Grohl, George Saunders, Kelly Corrigan and more!

You can find links to the Dave Grohl’s performance (featuring a special guest!) here. Notes & Words are also close to their donation goal of two million dollars; if you’re able, please take a moment and donate and help them bring healthcare to children in the Bay Area and across the world.

In addition to the top-tier talent on stage, the Tres Agaves bar was full of superstars. We were pouring the classic lime Tres Agaves Margarita, the Tres Agaves Strawberry Margarita, and the Manhattan Mexicano. You’ll want to be sure to try those out for yourself next time you have a party.

You can like Notes & Words Facebook, as well as follow UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital on Twitter.

Tres Agaves’ Avocado Margarita

Avocado Margarita with Tres Agaves Añejo Tequila

Did you just make an awesome batch of Guacamole and have an extra avocado or two? Give this incredibly creamy, yet citrus margarita a green light!

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz. Tres Agaves Añejo Tequila

1 ½ oz. Tres Agaves Cocktail-Ready Agave Nectar

½ oz. Cointreau Liqueur (or Orange Liqueur)

1 ½ oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

½ of a Ripe Avocado

2-3 Sprigs of Cilantro

Preparation:

Cut a Ripe Avocado into small squares, finely chop up Sprigs of Cilantro and muddle with Tres Agaves Cocktail-Ready Agave Nectar and Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice. Add all muddled ingredients with Tres Agaves Añejo Tequila and Cointreau Liqueur to shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and serve in rocks glass. Enjoy!

 

Orange County BBQ & Music Festival 2012

For the past five years, The Kristie’s Foundation for Critically Ill Children have been throwing the OC County BBQ & Music Festival, transforming The Orange County Fairgrounds into a barbecue fiesta with a competitive barbecue competition, rib eating contest, “Mr BBQ” pageant, a fun kid zone, live music and entertainment such as: Sugar Ray and Kristie’s Celebrity Band! These past couple of years, Tres Agaves has supported this wonderful event by providing our signature Tres Agaves Margaritas & an entire branded stage for music acts to play on!

Here’s a message about this fundraising event from our great friends and supporters of Tres Agaves, Rich & Chase:

“Hi All,

We have been doing this event for several years and this time we brought out two [Tres Agaves] stages as they decided to do more of a music festival as well as the BBQ competition, Kids Zone, Car Show, and the Craft beer tasting (Something for everyone!).

Very family oriented event held  in Costa Mesa, CA with proceeds going to Kristies.org. They help families when children are near end of life due to cancer or other ailments. They won one of the 100 cars for good from Toyota just last week and chose a Prius, to keep costs down for the transportation of a nurse going to the homes of families in the Orange County area.

We provided Blanco and Mix for the VIP area and in the Green rooms for the bands for both days of the event. We had the Tres Agaves Stage in the BBQ area, used one of our tents for the FOH of the Main Stage (on the Green), and also another tent in the VIP area.”

To learn more about the event and Kristie’s Foundation check the Youtube video below:

The OC BBQ Festival Benefiting Kristie’s Foundation

 

Tres Agaves at the California Roots Music & Arts Festival 2012

Hola Amigos,

We here at Tres Agaves are already gearing up for another weekend of Tequila/Margarita fueled excitement, but we’d like to take the time to give you fine Tequila-loving folks a recap of the utterly amazing Memorial Day Weekend we had in the coastal town of Monterey, CA for the 3rd annual California Roots Music & Arts Festival. Below is a picture laced summary of what hilarious stuff went down in and around our booth that weekend.

Our booth to the right  was situated right next to the bars (I.E. easy access to all things Tequila). Being right next to the bar allowed us to talk to festival goers about our product and allowed them to join in on some engaging activities as well…

Such as our “Greetings from the town of Tequila” banner where people could dress up as jimadors, who harvest the agave plants for Tequila! Here’s a couple of our favorite pictures, the rest can be found at our Facebook page: Tres Agaves’ Facebook Page

Below is a picture of Jamie, our NorCal Market Manager, hanging out with J Boog after the first day of the Cali Roots festival.

The pictures below were our points of view throughout the festival. Notice the veil of “fog” over the masses.

Thanks again to all the people that stopped by our booth to hang out and chat with us! Hopefully we’ll see you next year for the 4th annual Cali Roots Festival!