You may love the taste of a good sipping tequila, and Volans multi-award-winning tequila is an ultra-premium spirit that can be enjoyed and savored at all occasions. Originating in Mexico, there are several types of tequila each with a name that describes how it has been produced. Whilst the terminology can seem overwhelming at first, there is a simple explanation for each of the names.
Blanco tequila, including our own Volans blanco, is unaged. It is a freshly distilled spirit; the pure flavor of the agave without any additional flavors from the oak of a barrel. Our blanco is beautifully clear, demonstrating our expertise in producing tequila in its purest form.
Reposado tequila refers to tequila that has been rested. Although it is sometimes associated with añejo, or ‘aged’, tequila, there are differences between the two. Reposado is aged for between two and twelve months and can be stored in barrels of any size. The barrels chosen for reposado tend to be new, giving the tequila a woody flavor. Because reposado is aged for less than a year, it takes on a yellow-ish color, somewhere between blanco and the darker añejo.
We are proud of our multi-award winning extra añejo tequila which is allowed to age in used oak barrels for three and a half years. During this time, it develops its full-bodied flavor with hints of dried fruit, caramel, vanilla and maple. The barrels used are often smaller than those used for reposado, and the length of the aging process allows the añejo to take on the darker colour expected with aged tequila.
Gold tequila is a darker tequila that can be mistaken for one that has aged. In reality, a caramel coloring or flavor has often been added to give it a deeper color. However, you can buy 100% agave gold tequila, which is produced by mixing blanco tequila with aged tequila to give the golden hue. Checking the ingredients for additives will confirm which type of gold tequila it is.
Joven means young, and is similar to some types of gold tequila. Blanco tequila is mixed with reposado or añejo tequila to produce joven tequila that has a darker color but is made with a smaller proportion of aged tequila.
Cristalino tequila is not as well known as other types of tequila but is now gaining in popularity. Cristalino is añejo tequila that has been filtered, often through charcoal, to remove the color that it picks up in the oak barrels. The result is tequila with the same depth of taste as añejo tequila, but clear in color similar to blanco.
Whether you’ve been enjoying tequila for years, or have only recently discovered this beautifully pure spirit, Volans ultra premium tequila is the perfect addition to your spirit collection. Additive-free for a refined taste, Volans produces the best tasting craft tequila for sipping and relaxing.