Choosing a tequila which suits you will mean trying a few out, not a bad thing!
It's all about what you're looking for, unless you're made of money you're not going to buy a good bottle of tequila (Don Julio 1942) and then make a pitcher of margaritas to slurp at your garden party. One of the big mistakes people make is to buy a cheap bottle of Jose Cuervo (which isn't actually a true tequila, read the label!), drink it straight all night and wonder why they wake up with a headache and many regrets.
If you're looking to try tequila seriously it's important to choose one which doesn't put you off for life.
Each blend offers something different in looks and taste and can be used to either sip or mix with a cocktail.
The longer a tequila is aged the more mellow it becomes and will also have an oakier flavour. Usually aged in used wine or bourbon barrels the tequila can take on some of the flavours and colour from the barrels.
Gold or Joven
Golden in colour and referred to as a "mixto" which has colouring and flavourings added to give the colour and taste. These aren't usually a 100% Agave tequila unless a mix of Silver and Resposado or Añejo.
Silver or Blanco
Clear in colour and aged for between 0 and 2 months.
Gold in colour and aged in wooden barrels for between 2 months and 11 months, the barrels are usually used bourbon or wines barrels giving the tequila a unique flavouring and colouring.
Tequila Añejo (extra aged)
Golden in colour and aged for at least 1 year in barrels with a capacity of less than 600 litres. The extra aging process adds to golden colour and makes for a smoother tasting tequila.
Tequila Extra Añejo (ultra aged)
Golden in colour and aged for over 3 years in barrels with a capacity of less than 600 litres. This extra aging process means the colour becomes much darker and gives the tequila a smooth and complex taste with some giving caramel and chocolate tastes.