“Sublime is something you choke on after a shot of tequila.”- Mark Z. Danielewski,
So, everyone’s familiar of tequila. People may have good memories about it, some may even have terrible ones.Crazy nights with friends or even waking up in a different room, just to name a few.
But, what’s with this distilled spirit that people just can’t forget about it? They say just one taste of it will transport your mind to Mexico where it all started.
So here are some interesting tidbits about tequila to get a deeper understanding of it.
Tequila has a cultural tradition of more than 400 years in Mexico. Its roots reach back into pre-Hispanic times when the natives fermented sap from local maguey plants into a drink called pulque.
It usually takes 6 to 8 years for agave plants to be ripe for harvest. As a clue, let us tell that agave plants produced at “Los Altos” region (in Jalisco State) are considered better than the ones of other regions, this is because of its higher fructose contents. Agave plant is mostly like a pineapple but about 60 cm high and it weighs near to 30 kg.
This is the biochemical part of the process where the agave juice is pumped from the mill into special fermentation tanks. Each one, made of stainless steel and with a capacity of 17,000 Lt. Previously, a mixture of prepared yeast is added to the tanks in order to react with the juice and produce an alcoholic mixture which in the end will be tequila.
Spanish Conquistadores arrived in the new world in 1521. They brought the technology of distillation along with them and soon began distilling pulque, resulting in the tequila that we know today.
Tequila gained national importance during the Mexican Revolution of 1910, when it became the symbol of national pride. In 1977, the Mexican Government designated tequila as a Denomination of Origin product. From then to the present, tequila has been officially recognized by the World Intellectual Property Organization as a Mexican denomination of origin product.
Tequila continues to be a source of national pride for Mexico, which established the Tequila Regulatory Council to regulate the production, manufacturing, bottling and marketing of tequila. Tequila’s popularity has expanded far beyond the shores of Mexico and is currently distributed throughout the world.
So, there you go, these facts can instantly make you a tequila expert and give you a better understanding of where it came from. Personally, I think it’s way better to know more about what you’re drinking or eating.
“There is a great independence, and a confident immunity to risk, in all drinks made out of cactus.”
― Alan LeMay,