THE 4 “S” PROCESS OF TASTING 100% AGAVE TEQUILA
Begin by examining the color of the Tequila against a white background, tilting the glass away from you. Look for bright and, in the case of Reposado and Añejo, saturated color. Blanco should be clear and “crystal like” without occlusions or sediment.
To release the aromas of a spirit, swirl it in the glass and then give it a deep sniff. Much of what you will taste is a result of these aromas. Repeat as necessary, taking notes, and enjoying the aroma.
Take a good-size sip. Hold the spirits in your mouth; swish it around (like mouthwash but less vigorously), allowing it to coat your entire palate. What does the Tequila feel like? Is it thin and acidic? Is it rich and velvety? Does it give your mouth a warm glow?
Draw in some air between your front teeth or across your tongue and “gargle” the spirits in your mouth. (We said “in your mouth” – no bathroom noises needed). Keep in mind that your tongue can identify only four basic tastes: saltiness, bitterness, sweetness and acidity. All other flavors actually reach your brain as aromas through the retro-nasal passage at the back of your throat. By “chewing” the spirit, or combining it with air, you cause its volatile elements to vaporize. That’s a good thing.