What is floating in my tequila?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

Well, let me start by saying that I’ve had my fair share of tequila experiences, and I can understand why you might be curious about what’s floating in your bottle. So, let’s dive into it!

First off, it’s important to note that tequila is made from the blue agave plant and goes through a distillation process. During this process, impurities and unwanted substances are typically removed, but sometimes a few particles can still end up in the final product.

Now, if you notice something floating in your tequila, it could be a couple of things. One possibility is sediment. Sediment can occur naturally in alcoholic beverages, especially if they are aged or have been sitting for a while. It’s often harmless and can be a result of the aging process or the presence of certain compounds in the tequila.

Another possibility is agave fibers. These fibers can sometimes make their way into the tequila during the production process. Agave fibers are typically harmless and can add a bit of texture to the drink. However, if you find them unpleasant, you can strain the tequila through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove them.

Additionally, if you see small blue particles floating at the top of your tequila, it could be copper residue. Copper is commonly used in the distillation process to help remove impurities and improve the flavor. However, trace amounts of copper can sometimes remain in the final product. While it’s generally safe to consume, some people prefer to avoid ingesting copper. If that’s the case for you, you can strain the tequila to remove any visible particles or consider opting for a different brand that may have stricter filtration methods.

It’s worth noting that shaking the bottle vigorously can cause some cloudiness or particles to appear in the tequila temporarily. This is because shaking introduces air bubbles, which can make the liquid appear cloudy. However, given some time, the bubbles will dissipate, and the tequila should return to its clear state.

Finding something floating in your tequila is not entirely uncommon. It could be sediment, agave fibers, or even traces of copper. While these particles are generally harmless, you can strain the tequila if you find them off-putting. Remember, though, that tequila is a complex spirit with various flavors and characteristics, and a few floating particles shouldn’t necessarily be cause for concern. Cheers!