a fine tequila
TEQUILA HAS A REPUTATION as a party drink—
you know, margaritas and sunrises, table dances and
a worm in the bottle.
But there’s a whole different side to this popular
spirit. Tequila, when distilled without sugar and
carefully aged in oak barrels, makes for a rich,
smooth and complex sipping drink on par with a
fine brandy or Scotch.
All tequilas come from the blue agave plant,
grown in the Mexican state of Jalisco and a few other
designated sites. The differences come after the agaves are roasted, cooled and fermented. The most
common tequilas are mixto, which means they have
a minimum of 51 percent blue agave as their base
ingredient and are made with additional sugar.
These tequilas are not aged but are held in storage tanks for a couple of months before bottling.
One type is blanco, or silver, and another is joven
abocado, which is blanco tequila with caramel added
for sweetness and a gold color.
Other blue agaves have a higher calling.
Reposado tequila must be aged at least two months
in oak barrels or tanks. And añejo tequilas, which
are pure blue agave, must age exclusively in oak bar-
rels for at least a year.
Costco is proud to introduce Kirkland Signature™
Añejo Tequila, available in select warehouses in
states that allow retail liquor sales. This fine tequila
is aged an average of three years to achieve a smooth,
“This finely aged tequila is dark amber in color
and features smooth pepper and smoky wood flavors with a hint of sweet spice,” says Annette
Alvarez-Peters, who oversees Costco’s wine, spirits
and beer program. “The savory, spicy finish is long
Try it neat or on ice, as an aperitif or after dinner, or on any occasion calling for a special spirit,
and discover the sophisticated side of tequila.
The Costco Connection
To see which Costco locations carry the new
Kirkland Signature Añejo Tequila and other spirits,
go to Costco.com, click on “Costco Connection
Magazine” and then on “Beer, Wine and Spirits
Locator” under “Resource Guides.”