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Saturday, 28 April 2012

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teqleadpicCinco de Mayo is still a few days away, which gives you a little time to brush up on your tequila expertise. There’s plenty that you can do with tequila besides pouring a bottle of supermarket tequila in a blender with margarita mix and ice. Do you know your reposados from your mezcals?
What exactly is tequila? Tequila is a distilled liquor made from the juice of the blue agave plant, which is found in the area surrounding the Mexican city of Tequila in the state of Jalisco. Thanks to its rich red volcanic soil, the area harvests over 300 million blue agave plants each year. The flavor of the plants can vary according to whether they grew in the highlands or the lowlands.

Does all tequila come from Mexico? Yes, because the country has exclusive international rights to the word “tequila,” so it cannot be used to label spirits from other countries that are also distilled from the blue agave plant. What’s more, real tequila can be produced only by the state of Jalisco, or certain areas of Guanajuato, Nayarit, Tamaulipas and Michoacán.

Although the Aztecs made a fermented drink from the agave plant that they called octli, the first real tequila was produced near the city of Tequila in the 16th century by Spanish conquistadors who drank their way through the brandy they had brought with them. Their pioneering efforts at distilling should earn them the title of America’s first bootleggers.

It would take almost another century for the mass production of tequila to begin, when Don Pedro Sanchez de Tagle, the Marquis of Altamira, founded the first tequila factory in what is now Jalisco. The first license to make tequila commercially was bestowed upon the Cuervo family by Spain’s King Carlos IV.

OK, enough history, let’s look at how tequila is made. Mexican law says tequila must have at least 51% agave, but the best tequilas are 100% agave. They’re also pretty expensive. Any tequila that’s less than 100% agave and mixed with sugar and water during the process of distillation is called a mixto.

There are four types of tequila, and each is unique in flavor and how it can be used.


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