12 Things Every Tequila Aficionado Needs to Know
2. It must be made from the blue agave plant.
Tequila has to come from Agave plants, specifically the Blue Agave variety.
3. It's technically a mezcal. But not all mezcals are tequila. That's because any spirit distilled from the agave plant are considered mezcal, but tequila can come from the blue agave variation.
4. Tequila pairings are a thing. The spirit has inspired many of the world's top chefs and most discerning palates to create extraordinary food pairings.
5. As with wine, terroir can influence the taste of tequila. Casa
6. The agave harvest is a labor of love. Agave
7. The majestic agave plant is not a cactus. The agave plant actually belongs to the Agavoideae family, which is closely related to the lily plant. In Latin, agave means illustrious, admirable, and noble.
8. Mexico's magnificent agave landscape is recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
A blue agave plantation in the Amatitlan Valley in the Jalisco State of Mexico.
9. Before you taste tequila, use your nose. The Mexican Academy of Tequila Tasters has identified more than 600 aromas in tequila.
10. There are five official classifications of tequila.They
11. Tequila has
12. Tequila is finished with 60 percent water.
Here's an exclusive summer tequila cocktail recipe:
Crafted by Jim Meehan and Enrique Olvera
2 oz Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco
.75 oz lime juice
.5 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz agave syrup
2 dashes Orchard Street Celery Shrub
Shake with ice and fine strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with 1 oz Fever Tree ginger ale. Garnish with a lime wheel.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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