Miss Charmng's Tequila Page


Tequila is North America’s first distilled spirit. The name comes from a Mexican town of the same name in the state of Jalisco. It’s made from the hearts of the agave plant and by law, to be called and labeled Tequila, 51 percent of it must be made from the blue agave plant grown near the town of Tequila.

 

Legend says that the Aztec ruler, Montezuma, welcomed the Spanish explorer Cortez with a wine made from the agave plant. Poor man. The ungrateful Cortez became his conqueror, took the agave wine, and distilled it to make Tequila. This all took place around the early 1500s and by the 1600s it was being mass-produced.

In the 1500‘s the Spanish conquered the Aztecs and founded the town named Tequila. At the time there was only a honey wine-type of alcohol being drunk, but the Spanish broke out their copper stills and tequila was born. In the 1700’s the King of Spain granted land to Jose Antonio de Cuervo to cultivate the agave plant. Then for a short while liquor was outlawed in Mexico, but a new Spanish King lifted the prohibition and granted the second generation of the Cuervo family the first license to produce tequila for a commercial market. Tequila became an icon of Mexican nationality, pride and culture, and recognized worldwide ever since.

Categories of Tequila
100% Blue Agave and Mixto (minimum of 51% Blue Agave)

Types of Tequila
Blanco (Plata - White - Platinum) Unaged.
Joven (Oro - gold)
Reposado (means aged or rested) aged blanco for 2 -11 months in charred barrels.
Añejo (extra aged) aged blanco for 1 - 3 years in charred barrels.
Extra Añejo (ultra aged - Maduro - Vintage) aged blanco for more than 3 years in oak barrels.Tthese are very high-end Tequilas that are very expensive. Some even age in casks that had previously been used for French wine and brandies.

On January 17, 2006, Mexico and the United States signed the Tequila Trade Agreement, which stated that Tequila can be imported in bulk then bottled in the U.S. In March of 2006 the Norma Official Mexicana created a new ultra-age category for Tequila called Maduro. This Tequila is aged a minimum of three years in oak barrels from France and Canada and produces a superior and smooth spirit that is often called the Cognac of Tequila.

Other types include: Liqueur, Créme, Infusion, and Flavored.

 

There are over two hundred types of agave plants, but the best is the weber blue agave plant. An agave plant takes almost ten (sometimes 12) years to mature. When it matures a flower stalk grows straight up through the plant. If allowed to grow it will bloom yellow flowers, but if the agave farmer chops off the stalk, the plant will swell inside the piña, creating a large bulb that will fill with a sweet, juicy pulp. The piña is used to make Tequila. The piña (means “pineapple” because it looks kind of like a pineapple) can weigh as much as one hundred pounds. The piñas are cut, baked, and then crushed to extract the sweet agave juice used to make Tequila.

 

Mezcal (sometimes spelled Mescal)
Made from a variaty of agave plants.

 

So what's up with the worm? The worm is only found in Mescal Tequila. Mescal is a mixto. And the worm...well, it's really not even a worm. It's a butterfly larve/caterpillar and is only used in a few varieties of Mescal (it's also suppose to be an aphrodisiac). It's also a big marketing ploy.

 

Herradura has a "Tequila Express" tour that begins with a train ride through fields if agave and ends with a tour of their distillery and the Tequila making process. There is a short clip of it below.

 

 

Learn about Margaritas on my Margarita Page.

Jose Cuervo Cabo Wabo Tequila
Patron Espolon
Tuky's Tequila Orendain
Casa Noble Tequila Sauza
Herradura Tequila XQ

Misc. Tequila Stuff

Tequila-Stuff Tequila Recipes
Margarita Screensaver Tequila Shots.com
Heavy Artillery Tequila Sheila
Tequila Town In search of the perfect Margarita
What is Tequila? Tequila Lollipops
Jeff's Tequila Page A Tequila Quiz
Tequila Sid's Tequila Page
In Search of the Blue Agave A Drinking Woman's Guide to Tequila
The Tequila Dance Tequila Fancy Magazine
Tequila Regulatory Council Pacifico's Guide to Tequila
Baja Bob's Sugar-Free Rita Mix Mr. Tequila's Cantina
Torsten's Tequila Page    

 


Tequila Facts

 

The most popular drinks made with Tequila are; Margarita, Tequila Sunrise, and Bloody Maria.

Agave is a Greek word that means Noble.

Agave plants take up to 10 years to grow.

Bing Crosby imported the first 100% blue agave tequila, Herradurra, to America in 1950.

Sauza's Hornitos derives its name from the horno, the traditional stone or brick oven used to soften piñas.

One Tequila, two Tequila, three Tequila, floor!
--Unknown

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