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Tequila 101: What to Look for in Tequila

Blue Agave, or ‘Agave Azul’ in Spanish, is the wondrous plant from which tequila is made. We say ‘wondrous,’ because unlike potatoes (vodka) or sugarcane (rum), agave needs to grow for up to 10 years before farmers can harvest it to distill it into tequila.

Some such farmers are the mysterious duo behind Suave Premium Tequila, partnered with master distiller Jaime Villalobos Sauza of the Sauza Tequila family. Suave Tequila is a top-shelf, organic sipping tequila available in a wide range of age ranges.

Their claim to fame? Suave Tequila’s Lunar Cycle Concept, which is an ancestral agricultural methodology to farming. Suave plants and harvests agaves according to the lunar cycle in sync with the gravitational pull of the moon on the agave’s sugars.

So, what makes a good tequila great? Read on to discover all you need to know about this agave spirit.

Kosher Tequila/Kosher-Certified Tequila

Please note that for a tequila to be Kosher, it “must carry a seal or symbol that certifies rabbis have supervised the preparation to ensure that it does not contain any grain alcohols or flavorings from prohibited foods.”

Organic Tequila vs. Additive-Free Tequila

Organic tequila and additive-free tequila are similar but not the same — and both are features you should look for in your tequila.

‘Organic’ is defined as ‘(of food or farming methods) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents.’

On the other hand, additive-free is defined as ‘(of food) not containing any chemical additives.’

While the two may seem similar, the difference lies in when during the process the chemicals or additives are introduced. Organic tequila means the agave was grown naturally, without chemicals to aid its progress. Additive-free tequila is free from extra stuff being put in after it’s been distilled into a liquid. Both are important in a quality tequila!

Quality, luxury tequila is made from 100% agave. This means there is nothing else, no added sugars or preservatives, in it besides the naturally-occuring sugars in agave. However, cheap tequila, especially tequila made in the United States (unless it says 100% agave), is full of added sugars and even caramel in some cases to create a darker color.

Artisanal tequila, like Tequila Suave, is made darker only by aging it in barrels. Blanco, or clear, tequila is not aged, reposado tequila is aged under one year, and añejo tequila is aged for a minimum of three years. You can believe the color of the liquid in your tequila bottle if it also says 100% agave!

Gluten-Free Tequila

Gluten comes from wheat, and therefore any tequila that is 100% agave will be gluten-free. So, just be careful that you don’t assume all tequila is gluten free just because agave is. You never know what they put in to cover that extra non-agave percentage.

Vegan Tequila

Most tequila is vegan… right? Well, no. Suave Tequila is vegan, as are many others, but some tequila brands have a line or two that is not totally cruelty-free.

Some examples of this are Tequila Rose, which uses cream, and Tres Agaves, but they have not released exactly why they are not a vegan producer. While in some cases this may mean they have yet to get their vegan certification, but are, in fact, vegan, we recommend playing it safe if and avoiding it altogether.

Premium Tequila

If a tequila (like Suave) checks all of the above boxes, it is considered a premium or ultra-premium tequila. The difference between the two is the length of time that they are aged, with ultra-premium being aged longer.

The bottom line? Whether you are interested in an organic sipping tequila or a small-batch tequila for your next Margarita party, look for organic, Kosher, gluten-free, vegan, additive-free, and above all, 100% agave tequila. If those boxes are checked, you can’t go wrong, and your hangover-free tomorrow morning self will thank you!

About Suave Tequila

Suave Tequila is an ultra premium 100%-certified organic kosher single-estate agave produced in Mexico. Founded in 2014, the company has been awarded numerous accolades, including Tequila of the Year 2020 & Best In Show by USA Spirit Ratings. For more information, please visit https://suavetequila.com/en/