01. Legal Definitions of Aging Terms in Tequila

Aging is the slow transformation of tequila as it spends time resting in wood barrels. This process allows the spirit to gain additional flavor characteristics through the natural physical and chemical processes that take place over time. understanding the aging process for each type of tequila will illustrate how each one is special.

There are five legally defined classes of aged tequila:

GOLD

A sweetened and/​or caramel- colored spirit. Gold tequilas, and Joven (Spanish for young’), were originally created to simulate aging. These are often mixtos, or tequilas formulated with sugar from sources other than agave. Joven are usually a blend of unaged and aged tequilas, and may also be colored. Glycerin and other mellowing agents (Abocantes) are allowed up to 1% by weight. Patrón makes no gold tequila and uses no mellowing agents or additives in any of our tequilas.

SILVER OR BLANCO

Aged no more than two months.

REPOSADO

Aged for two to twelve months in any sized oak container.

AÑEJO

Aged in small (158 gallon) oak barrels for one to three years.

EXTRA AÑEJO

Tequila has stayed inside a small (158 gallon) oak barrel for at least three years.