14/6/12 – Young and aged tequila 

Last Friday, I received a bottle of Espolon from my boyfriend, although I did not realise that there are two different kinds of tequila. I have the white bottle, although my dad has the yellow bottle.

According to Joseph LaVilla and Doug Wynn, young tequila is usually white or ‘silver’, while aged tequila has been contained within Barrels. Tequila is created  from a plant also known as “Blue Agave”, which is located in Mexico.

From a personal experience the white tequila has a subtle taste compared to the yellow tequila, which has very distinct or strong flavours. Regina M Marchi also explains that Tequila is a popular drink in Mexico, which becomes a part of the Day of the Dead celebration.

I have noticed that there are a couple of Tequila brands that uses skulls or skeletons as packaging such as Espolon or Kahl. Perhaps Espolon or Kahl advertise the image of the skull in order to represent the Mexican culture in other countries around the world.

I decided to take some photos of the Espolon bottles, which I could possibly use for future referece. Taking the photographs also provided the ability to practise different styles or techniques.

Tequila, Espolon. “Real Mexico. True Stroy.” Espolon Tequila,

Marchi, Regina.M. The Day of the Dead in the USA: The Migration and Transformation of a Cultural Phenomenan.  New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2009 p.116

LaVilla, Joseph & Wynn, Doug, The Wine, Beer, and Spirits Handbook: A Guide to Styles and Service (Education Management Corporation, 2010) 

Photographs by Charlotte Pridding, 2012

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