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Always Read the Label
Choose a tequila which suits your drinking method, don't buy a £80 bottle of Añejo to drink slammers all night and you probably wouldn't want to sip a £10 bottle from the supermarket.
It's helpful to read the label before buying and understand just want your getting for your money, try tasting a few different types of tequila and you'll probably find your preferred brand. It's handy to have a range tequilas for different purposes, a tequila gold or Reposado is nice with a squirt of bitter lemon or a good quality Añejo makes a nice sipping tequila.
Here are few things to look for on the label:
Blend Type: Blanco, Gold, Reposado, Añejo, these show the quality, blend and age of the tequila.
NOM Number: This number identifies the distillery and parent company where the tequila is made and that it meets government standards. All tequila made from 100% agave must have NOM information on the label. NOM is short for "Normas Oficial Mexicana" all tequila labels are required to display a NOM.
100% Agave: This shows the tequila isn't a blend and is made from 100% agave. For the label to display this the tequila must be bottled in the packing facilities controlled by the producer. Other variations include 100% de agave, 100% puro de agave or 100% puro agave.
CRT Stamp: This ensures that the minimum standards have been adhered to and the label is displaying the correct information. Distilleries facilities are inspected byregulatory officers from the Tequila Regulatory Council athe standards have been met.
Hecho en Mexico: (Made in Mexico) This shows the tequila is a true product of Mexico and has been distilled and bottled in Mexico.
There are more than 500 brands of tequila which are produced by only about 70/80 distillers so it's important to recognise which brand of tequila you're buying.