A GIFT SENT BY GODS DURING THE THUNDERSTORM: TEQUILA

That is not a secret that I love tequila like a little girl who loves her baby doll. That’s only one of the main reasons why I love to travel to Mexico often. Well, the other reasons are the delicious Mexican food and my deep love for Frida Kahlo’s life and her artwork, but I will talk about those in my later posts.

I know some of you might be asking, “Why I travel so far for a drink when I can get all the information I need from a click of a bottom?”  However, I firmly believe that I always get more accurate information about the thing I love most about the origin of the product and, the experience I get worth of traveling.

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Here are some facts, I discovered about tequila during my visits:

Let us start with the well-known myth about Tequila among Mexican people. During a thunderstorm in Aztecs time, lighting struck maguey, commonly known as blue agave plants, and gave a sweet smell. The indigenous people decided to look deeper into what made the plants smell so sweet. A few days later, burned agaves started to produce foam with a rich flavor. People began to consume the drink and tough that the drink sent by Gods. After the arrival of Spaniards, the process improved by distillation and the tequila introduced to the whole world.

Tequila defines as the juice of fermented and distilled blue agave obtained from only agave heart, not the leaves. The blue agave plant is commonly mistaken for cactus family, but in reality, it is a relative of the lily family. Each plant requires at least eight years maturing. It usually grows to be two meters wide, with leaves between 90 and 120 centimeters long. Size of the agave hearts varies between 66 to 550 pounds. Depending on the size,  the biggest agave plant can produce twelve bottles of tequila. According to Mexican norms, each bottle has to contain 51% agave components and less than 49% other natural sugars to preserve its taste.

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Santiago de Tequila town is a birthplace of Tequila. The small town is located approximately 60 km away from the capital city of Guadalajara in Jalisco state in the central west of Mexico. Therefore, the name of the drink comes from its original birthplace.

If you ever try different brands of tequila at the same time and wondered why they all taste different. Here is why; every distillery has its unique fermentation process using a combination of traditional and modern techniques, and that creates different tastes. The primary method of tequila making starts with cutting the agave hearts into almost equal pieces, and then cooking and grinding them; these processes are virtually the same in every place. However, after grinding, the fermenting process differs based on the technique that each facility use. Another reason for me is the adding different components to tequila before bottling and of course, aging.

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Here are the categories of tequila:

  • Tequila Blanco: bottled right after distillation, it is the purest and most potent form, usually rested up to four weeks and aged up two months.
  • Tequila Reposado: aged between two months to eleven months after bottling.
  • Tequila Anejo: aged at least a year.
  • Tequila Extra Anejo: aged more than three years.
  • Tequila Joven or Oro: other components like coloring, oak extracts, sugar-based syrup added to soften the taste before bottling; alcohol content must be adjusted by water to dilute it. This type can also be a mixture of Blanco, Anejo, or Reposado.

If you ask me what is the difference between tequila and mezcal? It is simple. Tequila made out of blue agave plants only but the mescal made with few different kinds of agave plants from different regions in Mexico. However, keep in mind that, sometimes the mescal batch of agave might include blue agave as well.

How to drink Tequila? – Any way you like it! SALUD!

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32 COMMENTS

  1. Grazia e Gioia | 11th Apr 18

    nice Mexican journey!!

    • Melissa | 11th Apr 18

      Thank you Grazia.

  2. Izzy Grey | 11th Apr 18

    Neat post! I had no clue about what all went into making Tequila. It’s always nice to be able to travel and explore something you love more.

    • Melissa | 11th Apr 18

      Thank you Izzy. I had no idea as well. It was a unique and joyful experience. Mexico has so many surprises.

  3. Rachael Berthiaume | 11th Apr 18

    I never knew anything about the history of tequila but I think its so cool you are sharing it with us, and even took a trip to Mexico for it! I would love to have tequila in Mexico, putting it on my bucket list now 🙂

    • Melissa | 11th Apr 18

      Thank you, Racheal. Go for it!! the tequila in Mexico tastes better than the ones are here. Trust me on that one 🙂

  4. Andue | 11th Apr 18

    Such a unique and interesting post!

    • Melissa | 11th Apr 18

      Thank you Andue.

  5. Lindsey | 11th Apr 18

    Wow! How cool! This was a very interesting post!

    • Melissa | 11th Apr 18

      Thank you, Lindsey!

  6. Martha Perry | 11th Apr 18

    I didn’t know there was so much information about Tequila. Thanks for sharing

    • Melissa | 12th Apr 18

      I was so surprised when I heard the story and I said to myself “I have to share this” 🙂
      Thanks for visiting Martha.

  7. Lis | 11th Apr 18

    Really want to visit Mexico..going to add that to my bucket list 🙂

    • Melissa | 12th Apr 18

      You should Lis! There are many lemons there to mix it with Tequila if you know what I mean 🙂 In case if you don’t want to make lemonade 🙂

  8. Mrs. Type A | 11th Jan 19

    I never knew so much about Tequila. Thank you, fascinating read!

  9. Luna S | 11th Jan 19

    I am not a drinker but this is pretty neat information to know! Thanks for sharing it.

  10. Judy | 11th Jan 19

    What an amazing experience. I love learning new things, especially when traveling. It’s so fun to see different things and share them.

  11. Neil Alvin Nicerio | 12th Jan 19

    Cheers. I enjoyed reading your informative articles. I wish to try out this tequila someday. Thanks for sharing.

  12. siennylovesdrawing | 12th Jan 19

    Woow!! Very nice post you have shared here!! Love it!! thank you : D
    cheers!!

  13. Kalyani Khoda | 12th Jan 19

    Wow! This is really informative. I enjoy tequila as well, and I will have to look into the terminology you provided the next time I go to pick some up. I enjoyed the story about how it came to be as well, it’s really interesting.

  14. Samar | 12th Jan 19

    Tequila: The most unconditionally loved one.

  15. Kelar@gmail.com | 12th Jan 19

    This a great post about Mexico. Can’t wait to read more.

  16. Hackytips | 12th Jan 19

    I don’t drink 😛 So I wasn’t aware of anything about Tequilla. Now that I have read your post came to know many things about it. Especially the one that it is obtained from agave heart. I can ask about Tequila to my friends who drink and inform them these facts.

  17. Emilio Marcos Sierra | 13th Jan 19

    I love Mexico when I visited, although I am not a fan of tequila; when in Mexico you gotta drink it!

  18. Belle | 13th Jan 19

    Looks like you had an amazing time. I’ve always wanted to visit Mexico. Brilliant writeup, but Tequila will never agree with me.

  19. CARMEN | wellingtonworldtravels.com | 13th Jan 19

    I had no idea the story of Tequila is this interesting! Thanks for sharing this. I loved Tequila, but I stopped drinking a long time ago!

  20. Chantelle Hadden | 13th Jan 19

    I’m not a drinker so I know nothing about Tequila, but this was more informative than drinking it would be. Thanks.

  21. Honest Reader | 13th Jan 19

    This was such a neat post. I never knew what went into making tequila, and the process is definitely not what I would have guessed!

  22. Vaishali | 14th Jan 19

    Few years ago I watched a video how tequila was made, your post explains it well. Thanks!

  23. blair villanueva | 15th Jan 19

    Wow this is a lovely post! I remember I shared my friend’s travel in Guadelajara and he visited this plantation and tequila makers.

  24. Elizabeth O | 15th Jan 19

    Even though I don’t drink, I really enjoyed your post. It was informative and enlightening.

  25. Samantha Flores | 17th Jan 19

    Tequila is not a favorite of mine, but I enjoyed reading your post on how it is made. Thanks for sharing!

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