What Is the Difference Between Gold and Silver Tequila?

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Silver and gold tequilas are two of the five different types of tequila. Silver tequila is clear in color and usually not aged, although it can be aged up to 60 days. Gold tequila is gold in color because flavorings have been added before it was bottled. Gold tequila is also usually not aged.

Other names for silver tequila are blanco or white tequila. Gold tequila is also called joven tequila. Silver tequilas typically have a smoother taste than gold tequilas. Silver tequilas can be used for shots or mixed drinks, whereas gold tequilas usually don’t have the smooth taste required for shots. Silver and gold tequilas tend to be the lowest-quality tequilas.

Tequila is made from the blue agave plant and must contain at least 51 percent blue agave. Silver tequila provides the purest blue agave taste. Rested tequila is tequila that has been aged in a barrel at least two months, but often for three to nine months. Anejo tequila, also known as old tequila, has been aged at least one year to produce a darker tequila. It can be aged up to four years. Muy anejo tequila is the most expensive tequila, because it is aged at least four years.