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Tequila! This popular drink is a distilled spirit made from the agave plant. This liquor was produced in central western Mexico state Jalisco called Tequila.
Most popularly drunk in Mexico and the United States, tequila is an essential ingredient in mixed drinks like margaritas and all kinds of cocktails. You have likely heard of the popular tequila shots which is basically 1.5 ounces of the best tequila to shoot.
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The agave plant, which tequila is basically made from, is a member of the lily family. With spiked barbs on the times, it is harvested to be distilled into tequila after around seven to ten years of growth. It’s a long process from the harvest to the extraction to the distillation of the plant to turn it into the best tequila in the world.
Like champagne, tequila has a few set rules in order for it to be qualified to be called tequila. Tequila can only be produced, bottled and inspected in certain places in Mexico. Although Jalisco (a municipality of Mexico) is where the majority of tequila is produced, it is still called tequila if it is produced in only Nayarit, Guanajuato, Michoacan and Tamaulipas.
All of tequila must contain at least 51% Weber blue agave. The best tequila is only when the label contains 100% Weber blue agave.
You may wonder, with the many choices of tequila, how strong is tequila? Well, it is usually 38 to 40% alcohol by volume but not stronger than 50% ABV.
Tequila tastes different, depending on where the agave was grown. The type of tequila also plays a role in determining the flavour. This is why it is rather hard to determine what is the best tequila brand as each person has different preferences.
There are five main types of tequila - the blanco tequila, joven tequila, reposado tequila, añejo tequila and extra-añejo tequila.
This drink is very versatile. You can drink it in so many ways! The most common way is through the ever popular shot. You also drink it straight or as a cocktail. Añejo tequila like the JOSE CUERVO 1800 Anejo is usually sipped straight and has been deemed one of the best tequila for sipping.
Fruity margaritas are also a popular way for tequila lovers. Drinks with tequila are pretty diverse, to say the least.
If you are just a beginner exploring new flavours and taste, you can try a bottle of the best tequila for beginners such as the MILAGRO Reposado. This is for smooth and easy drinking, in a cocktail or sipped neat.