05 Apr 5 Fact about Tequila you probably didn’t know!
You might think you know Tequilla, but do you? You know the taste and the cocktails but the rich history of the distilled spirit is just as complex as its uses and just as amazing and exciting! Here are 5 unique things you never knew about your favorite Margarita ingredient!
1) Tequila can only be produced in specific regions of Mexico, primarily in the state of Jalisco and certain areas of four other states. These regions are known as the Denomination of Origin, which sets strict regulations on how tequila can be made. The town of Tequila, located in the state of Jalisco, is known as the birthplace of tequila. Many of the world’s largest tequila distilleries are located in or around the town, and visitors can take tours to learn about the production process and history of tequila.
2) Tequila has several classifications based on its aging process. Blanco tequila is unaged and bottled shortly after distillation, while Reposado tequila is aged for at least two months but less than a year in oak barrels. Anejo tequila is aged for at least one year but less than three years, and Extra Anejo tequila is aged for at least three years.
3) The agave plant used to make tequila is a member of the asparagus family, and the plant’s large leaves are sometimes used to make paper and rope. The Agave plant can take several years to mature before it can be harvested for tequila production and is usually harvested when they are between 6 to 8 years old.
4) Some high-end tequilas are made from agave plants that are grown in volcanic soil, which is believed to give tequila a distinct flavor profile. These premium tequilas can be quite expensive, with some bottles selling for hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
5) The word “tequila” comes from the Nahuatl language, which was spoken by the Aztecs. The original word was “tequitl,” which means “work” or “job.” When the Spanish arrived in Mexico and began producing the spirit, they added the suffix “-illa” to indicate that it was a small version of something. The word eventually evolved into “tequila.”
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