Blanco and Plata, meaning “white” and “silver” in Spanish respectively, can be considered as an ageing wine in the field of tequila, and do not need to be aged in oak barrels. Blanco grade tequila is put in oak barrels for a maximum of 30 days.
Joven abocado, which means “young and pleasant” in Spanish, is also often called Oro (golden). In terms of classification, all of these wines belong to Mixto. In theory, no 100% of tequila products are superior.
Reposado, which means “rested” in Spanish, means that this grade of wine has been put in oak barrels for a certain period of time, but it is still less than a year old. Storage in barrels usually makes the taste of tequila thicker and more complex, because the wine will absorb some of the oak barrel flavor or even color, the longer the color the darker. Reposado’s display time is between two months and one year.
Añejo, in Spanish, originally means “aged”. Simply speaking, the wine that has been put in oak barrels for more than a year belongs to this grade, with no upper limit. They must be sealed in oak barrels with a capacity of no more than 350 litres, sealed by government officials. Although it is stipulated that any more than one year can be called Aejo, experts generally agree that the most suitable aging period for tequila is four to five years, and alcohol in the barrel will evaporate too much after that.