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Jose Cuervo’s Tequila Facts

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Fact 1: The Real Jose Cuervo

Jose Antonio de Cuervo was the first Tequila producer, obtaining the land from the King of Spain in 1758, before Mexico became an independent republic. In 1795, Jose María Guadalupe de Cuervo made the very first Vino Mezcal de Tequila de Jose Cuervo when he received the first official permit from the King of Spain to produce Tequila commercially

Fact 2: Where is Tequila Made?

All Jose Cuervo Tequila is made in the central Mexican town of Tequila in the state of Jalisco. According to the DOT (Declaration for the Protection of the Denomination of Origin—this is the Mexican law that oversees the protection of Tequila), only alcoholic beverages made with Blue Agave or agave azul (Agave Tequilana Weber blue variety) grown in the states of Jalisco, Michoacan, Nayarit, Guanajuato and Tamaulipas can be labelled as Tequila. No agave grown outside this region, including other countries, can be used for any product labelled as “Tequila.”

Fact 3: What is Tequila Made From?

Real Tequila is made from a plant called Blue Agave. Only the Agave Azul Tequilana Weber variety (Blue Agave) can be used for Tequila. Classified by German botanist F. Weber in 1905, the Blue Agave is commonly mistaken for a cactus, but it is really a relative of the lily (amaryllis) family. Blue Agave is sometimes known as maguey, mexic, pita and teometl.

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Fact 4: The Difference Between Tequila and Mezcal

They are often confused, but they’re really not the same at all. For example, Tequila can only be made from the Blue Agave, grown in specified regions of Jalisco, while mezcal can be made from many different varieties of agave such as Mano Larga and Espadin. Tequila is always double-distilled, while mezcal is generally distilled once.

Fact 5: The Worm

The worm is found only in certain bottles of mezcal. The worm is nothing but a marketing gimmick!

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Fact 6: The Pina

The piña (Spanish word for pineapple) is the heart of the agave from which sugars are extracted and Tequila is made. The word piña is used because once harvested, the heart of the plant resembles a pineapple.

Fact 7: Anejo

Translated from Spanish, “añejo” means “aged.” In Tequila terms, “añejo” is the designation for Tequila that has been aged in oak barrels for at least one year.

Fact 8: Reposado

Reposado means “rested.” Tequila must be “rested” in wood barrels, for a minimum of two months. This is a requirement of the Mexican government.  The “resting” mellows and refines the Tequila, producing a combination of superb smoothness and great taste.





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0 # Schmuck of all tradesVoodoo Rob 2012-11-09 14:01
I have a couple ofo these boxes- MINT condition... anyone want to purchase one?

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