Tequila is split into two main categories, 100% Blue Agave, and Tequila Mixto. Mixto (Mixed) Tequila is a blend of at least 51% Blue Agave and some percentage of other distillates, typically made from cane sugar. The law permits the addition of other additives for color and flavor, most of which you probably wouldn’t want in your shot glass.
100% Blue Agave Tequila is further divided into the three specific varieties you’ve seen on our shelves.
Blanco Tequila is unaged and occasionally left in stainless steel tanks to settle for as long as two months. This clear spirit preserves the pure flavor and sweetness of the Blue Agave plant.
Reposado Tequila is aged in French or American oak barrels for a minimum of 2 months all the way up to 11 months. Unlike Blanco Tequila, Reposado Tequila takes on a golden hue and more complex flavoring from the barrel it is stored in.
Anejo Tequila spends at least 1 year in small oak barrels, which you’ve correctly assumed leads to even more flavor and smoothness. This deeper, fuller flavor profile makes it an excellent choice for slow sipping after a long day.