History in a Bottle: The Jose Cuervo Gold
Founded in 1795 by Don Jose Antonio de Cuervo, Jose Cuervo is undeniably the world’s best-selling tequila. Jose Cuervo has been making tequila for over 250 years with the same experience, handcraftsmanship, and recipes that have been handed down generation through generation.
Cuervo Gold is a smooth tequila, with a slightly sweet taste. It is a blend of premium and reposado tequilas. The tequila has been rested in oak for a minimum of two months, which gives it an amber hue.
Appearance: Light Gold Hue
Aroma: Sweet, with pleasant agave notes
Palate: Sweet, subtle agave, hint of oak and vanilla
Finish: Well-balanced, short and smooth
Some Tequila Trivia:
1.REAL TEQUILA CAN ONLY BE PRODUCED IN FIVE SPECIFIC REGIONS IN MEXICO.
Tequila received a Designation of Origin (appellation de controlee) in 1974. It’s the same as an appellation for Bordeaux, Bourbon or Cognac. The Mexican federal government has established strict requirements governing tequila production.
2. TEQUILA IS MADE FROM BLUE AGAVE.
Real tequila is made from a plant called Blue Agave. Only the Agave Azul Tequilana Weber variety can be used for tequila. Classified by German botanist F. Weber in 1905, Blue Agave is commonly mistaken for a cactus, but it’s really a relative of the lily (amaryllis) family. Blue Agave is sometimes known as maguey, mexic, pita and teometl.
3. THE BLUE AGAVE PLANT TAKES SIX TO TWELVE YEARS TO MATURE.
This is when the piña reaches its peak in sugars and will yield the most tequila. Each plant is only harvested once, and then more agave must be planted to continue the production process.
4. “REPOSADO” MEANS “RESTED.”
Tequila must be “rested” in wood barrels for a minimum of two months. This is a requirement of the Mexican government. The “resting” mellows and refines the tequila, producing a combination of superb smoothness and great taste.
5. “AÑEJO” MEANS “AGED”
Translated from Spanish, “añejo” means “aged.” In tequila terms, “añejo” is the designation for tequila that has been aged in oak barrels for at least one year.
6. THE LARGEST COLLECTION
The largest collection of tequila bottles in the US is over 2000 bottles and was built by collector Lou Barton.