How to Taste Tequila
Learn how to taste tequila in these six steps to fully realize the nuanced flavors of a sophisticated and complex spirit like Patrón.
Aug. 1, 2016
Many people aren’t aware that tequila — especially fine tequila such as Patrón — was meant to be sipped slowly and thoughtfully. Only then can you really taste and appreciate the fresh agave flavor, hints of citrus and other various notes present depending on the type of tequila.
Step 1: Get the right glassware
For a proper tequila tasting, first and foremost, you’ll need the proper glassware. Tequila snifters look like champagne glasses but with a narrower opening at the top to keep the aroma inside so you get the full experience. You can also use a brandy snifter, if available. The most important part of choosing a tequila tasting glass is consistency. Be sure that all participants have the same glass for each of the tastes in your flight.
Step 2: Determine the body
Swirl the tequila gently around the glass to take note of the “legs.” The longer it takes them to reach the bottom of the glass, the fuller the body of tequila. This practice is commonly used in wine tastings as well.
Step 3: Acknowledge the aroma
Swirl the spirit around the glass again and tilt it to the point where the liquid is almost spilling out. While tilted, take note of the tequila’s aroma at the bottom, middle and top of the snifter’s opening. The heavier notes will settle at the bottom while the lighter ones will rise to the top. At this point, you will be able to smell the flavors listed under the “aroma” section on the product pages.
Step 4: Take the first taste
Take a sip and let the tequila coat your mouth so your palate can distinguish from other flavors you’ve tasted throughout the day. The sip should stay in your mouth for just a second or two to avoid numbing your tongue. Be sure to smell the tequila before you take a sip to ensure you capture the full flavors of the tequila.
Step 5: Take the second taste
Even more important than the first taste, take a sip in with a slow breath and pursed lips to get the most prominent raw agave flavor from the tequila.
Step 6: Savor the finish
Once you’ve swallowed the tequila, note the flavors and textures that stick with you. This part of the process will leave you with an overall picture or “image” of the tequila you’ve just tasted and should be enjoyed slowly.
Visit the Patrón Products page to learn more about the types tequila we craft from the Hacienda in Jalisco, Mexico.