1800 tequila bottles  
 

Though there are many premium tequila brands today, 1800 Tequila is one of the most notable. Produced by Jose Cuervo, they were perhaps the first true premium brand on the market. Today, they are considered one of the finest tequilas available in the world. In fact, their Extra Anejo, 1800 Colección, is considered one of the best tequilas on the planet! 

What we now know as 1800 Tequila was first released in 1975 and was originally called Jose Cuervo 1800. At the time, there were very few fine tequilas, though there were some that were emerging (like Don Jose for instance). Tequila, frankly, had a poor reputation. It was considered a “working man’s” drink, and really not appreciated by higher levels of society. Jose Cuervo saw this as an opportunity to create a more refined tequila. As a result, 1800 was born! It eventually became its own brand in the 1990s and now has a full line of premium tequilas on par with Patron, Herrradura and other fine labels.

1800 Tequila is made in the same distillery in Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico as the Jose Cuervo lines. The agave – 100% Weber Blue Agave – is from the Cuervo fields and baked in the same, large clay ovens. The juice is extracted and fermented and then double distilled in copper pot stills – the more traditional method of distillation. The double distilling means that more impurities are taken out of the tequila, leaving only the smoky essence of the agave.

Tradition is something that 1800 Tequila takes pride in. The shape of the bottles, for example, are modeled after Mayan Pyramids found throughout Mexico. And the name of the brand – 1800 Tequila – is significant because (according to them) 1800 was the year that tequila was aged in oak casks for the first time. Every one of the tequilas in their line, including their Silver, is aged for some length in French Oak Casks. This is unusual because often the Silver, Blanco or Plato tequilas are not aged or rested, but are instead bottled immediately as a “puro” form of the spirit. 1800 Silver Tequila, on the other hand, rests for about 15 days in French Oak Barrels. The result is a fine, clear tequila with a sweet, agave taste and a dry finish.

The 1800 Reposado offering is aged for about 6 months in French Oak Barrels, creating a very smooth tequila with a much softer agave taste, spicy-earthy notes, and a hint of cinnamon.

We use both the Silver and the Reposado in many Margaritas at La Posta de Mesilla. Try either of them in the El Classico (Classic) or El Classico Grande Margaritas, or in the My Tequila ‘Rita with 1800. They are without a doubt some of the finest mixing tequilas available.

Finally, the 1800 Anejo ages for up to three years in French Oak Barrels, and presents wonderful aromas of toasted coconut and orange peels. The tastes include pepper, wood and spice. This is truly an amazing tequila to drink neat or on the rocks.

 
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Additionally, 1800 Tequila makes one of our favorite flavored tequilas, the Coconut Tequila. This is a delicious, warming tequila, mixed with the delectable flavors of toasted coconut and will immediately transport you to the beaches of Cozumel! We use this tequila in one of La Posta’s most popular Margaritas, the Coco Loco (try this on a hot day in La Posta’s Pecan Tree Courtyard!).

Any of the 1800 tequilas would be delicious….. so try any of them!!! Or, maybe instead, try them all by simply ordering an 1800 Tequila Flight! Whichever you choose, you will not be disappointed!! We’ll see you soon at the Cantina, y Salud!