1800 Tequila - All You Need To Know
by Greg Rutkowski
If you love tequila, then chances are you are not new to 1800 tequila.
1800 tequila is owned by the Beckmann family together with the Jose Cuervo tequila brand. It is a blue agave tequila and is generally bottled in Jalisco, Mexico.
1800 silver tequila is the world’s most awarded tequila. It is a premium crystal-clear tequila that is made from 100% highland blue weber agave. It is double-distilled, balanced, and crisp with hints of sweet fruit and pepper on the finish.
What’s The Story Behind 1800 Silver Tequila?
In 1758, Jose Antonio Cuervo became the first officially licensed tequila manufacturer after King Ferdinand VI of Spain gave him a plot of land. He cultivated the agave plant, after that deciding not to bring it back with him to Europe.
However, tequila production was burned shortly after, until 1795, when King Carlos IV lifted the ban. The Cuervo family became the very first to sell tequila in the world. The family has remained faithful to the business ever since and are some of the wealthiest people in Mexico. Jose Fransisco Beckmann, the 11th generation of Cuervo’s family to run the tequila business, is the fourth wealthiest person in the country.
The name “1800 tequila” comes from the year 1800, when tequila was first successfully aged in wood barrels made from oak casks. Besides, it was prepared with strict adherence to the original processes and recipe. The bottle’s triangular shape symbolizes the Mayan pyramids found in Mexico. 1800 tequila pays more tribute to tradition and even has a logo that features a Mayan pyramid at the top. The initials JB pay tribute to Juan Domingo Beckmann, the founder.
The 1800 tequila was launched in 1795 as a premium sipping tequila and was initially known as Cuervo 1800 Tequila. In 2004, the Reposado, Silver, and Anejo labels were introduced. Later in 2006, 1800 introduced The Ultimate Margarita. This is the only pre-mix, 19.9 proof, ready-to-serve margarita mix made with 100% blue agave tequila (1800 silver).
1800 tequila is double distilled and blended with a unique white tequila for added complexity and character. The process produces a premium tequila with a more exciting flavor and smoother than most on the market.
Step 1: Harvesting
1800 tequila is an extract of 100% blue agave. The agave ripens after eight to ten years when it is ready for harvest. The first step is to harvest the blue agave from the field and cut the leaves. The plant’s spina is then chopped off, leaving the leaves in the field.
Step 2: Cooking
Once harvested from agave fields and the root balls chopped into quarter pieces, they are placed into silver ovens and baked for three days. The three days of baking helps to bring out the natural sugars, which are primarily responsible for their taste.
Step 3: Milling
Once it is baked, the sweet fruit is transferred to a round, above-ground pit. It is then broken down into a mash by a donkey-drawn traditional wheel.
Step 4: Fermentation
The mashed spina is now fermented for 7 to 10 days.
Step 5: Distillation
The fermented agave is loaded into copper stills, where it is heated to a specific temperature. The hot juice is then closed and carefully monitored for two days while a flavored smooth, very clear spirit drips into a basin.
Types Of 1800 Tequila
1800 Blanco Silver Tequila
Blanco is the best known in their range. It is made from 100% blue Weber agave that grows for 8-12 years and is then harvested at its peak. It is double distilled and blended with a unique selection of white tequilas for added complexity.
1800 tequila Blanco's key flavors are crisp & clean as well as fruity.
1800 Reserva Reposado
1800 tequila Reserva Reposado has notes of caramel, a touch of smokiness, and mild spices imparted due to the time it spends in the oak. Similar to the other 1800 tequila brands, Reposado is made with 8–12-year-old 100% blue Weber agave. Once distilled, it is aged in a combination of American and French oak barrels for six months.
Key flavors of Reposado are crisp & clean as well as fruity
1800 Reserva Anejo
Anejo is an ultra-premium 1800 tequila made from 100% blue agave tequila from Jose Cuervo. It delivers a deep, luxurious mouthfeel and is ideal for serving on the rocks or sipping.
This tequila uses 100% Weber blue agave that is 8-12 years old, usually picked at its peak. It is aged in French oak barrels for a minimum of 14 months, up to three years.
Critical flavors of Anejo are vanilla, caramel and spiced
1800 Coleccion is made from hand-selected mature, quality agaves that have matured for not less than ten years. The agaves are generally steamed in stone ovens for several days, and only the best extract is obtained and distilled twice.
Limited run, in a bottle made of Belgian crystal with pewter trim in a suede and leather case, an extra Anejo tequila aged over three years in charcoal French Oak barrels.
When at its peak of aging, the master selects only the finest of the aged tequila to get 1800 Coleccion, with a deep golden color, a silky consistency, a smooth, mellow taste, and a subtle touch of almond.
A one-off run of extra Anejo tequila produced in 2000 for the new millennium. French oak Cognac barrels go through a long and delicate aging process to create a soft, balanced, and unique flavor. Many consider Milenio the best 1800 tequila and worthy of only those who truly appreciate the finest tequila.
Key flavors are vanilla, cinnamon and red fruit
1800 coconut tequila is a signature double-distilled tequila infused with natural, ripe coconut flavor. It has a slightly sweet and medium-bodied tropical taste that makes it super delicious on the rocks. It also gets a great taste when mixed with pineapple juice.
Why Choose 1800 Tequila?
The clean, balanced taste with hints of sweet fruit and pepper makes it one of the best spirits that can be sipped neat, on the rock, as a shot, or in a cocktail. 1800 tequila is likable for having the following features:
- 1800 tequila is Made in several smooth flavors
- Crafted with care, making it unique and enjoyable
- It has a balanced nose of apple aromas and fresh fruity notes
1800 tequila is ultra-smooth. With a light, floral nose with agave at the fore, the palate is uncomplicated. It is packed with charmingly smooth agave and subtle citrus flavors.
So, what's your take on our review of 1800 tequila?
Now that you know all about 1800 tequila, why not give it a try? If you find a cool recipe for a cocktail that works well with 1800 tequila, don't shy away from commenting below. We love to know what our readers like.
Meanwhile, consider checking out other mezcal and tequila cocktails that we recommend. If you are not in the moods for booze, then consider the ayate washcloths as your special gift from the agave world.