The Blue Agave from the city of Tequila

Agave Azul
 
Thanks to the family of Jose Cuervo, I could go visit the city of Tequila in the state of Jalisco, México; I got to know the spectacular plant of blue agave and all the history rounding it.
 

The city of Santiago de Tequila, was named like that after a volcano that bathed the city with its minerals hundreds of years ago. These minerals along with the fresh summer weather and light winters make Tequila the perfect zone for planting the protected Blue Agave.

Long before the Spanish make it to México, the native planted the agave but they used it to make fabrics and to make a liquor that they called “pulque”. Once the Spanish got there, they brought additional distillation techniques that turned the pulque in what we now know as mezcal.

The Tequila Regulator Counseling (Consejo Regulador del Tequila) protects the zone with a Designation of Origin just as it happens with grapes for wine. The drink can only be called tequila if it’s made only from the plant of blue agave in the zones of Jalisco, Michoacán, Guanajuato, Nayarit or Tamaulipas and if it goes through all the specifications like the double distillation process.

The mescal, unlike tequila, can be produced from different types of agave plants (there are more than 135 kinds) and is distilled only once.

I will tell you much more during the next weeks… Stay tuned! The Kitchen Doesn’t Bite and the Tequila neither!!

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