Categories of Tequila

Categories: 100% Agave versus Mixto Tequila

The first distinction to make amongst tequilas is the source of their sugar. By law, a 100% agave tequila is made from two principal ingredients: agave and water. This makes it a purer, more flavorful tequila. A 100% agave tequila is less likely to give you a hangover for that very reason.

Any tequila that is not labelled “100% agave” is a mixto, and most likely is almost half cane sugar, regardless of any other labeling (e.g., “all natural”). While being all-agave is not necessarily a guarantee of quality, and many people use mixtos in cocktails, most serious aficionados drink only 100% agave tequilas.

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