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.
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!!