No time is a bad time for a few shots of tequila, at least for most tequila connoisseurs.
Whether you like it served neat, in spicy margaritas, or with salt and lime, there is no doubt tequila is one of the finest and most celebrated spirits on the planet.
But what else do you know about tequila tasting than throwing back shots?
Here are 9 facts about tequila tasting that can enhance your knowledge about the drink and make your tasting experience even tastier.
Proceed with caution, though.
Some of these facts can leave you with a sudden craving for a shot!
1. No Mexico, No Tequila
According to Mexican laws, tequila must be produced in specific states in Mexico.
What’s more, the blue agave plant used in the production of tequila only grows around the city of Tequila and a few other regions in Mexico.
So, if something somehow wiped Mexico off the map, it will cut your supply of tequila short!
2. Origin Defines Tequila Flavor
Ever wondered why various varieties of tequila taste and smell differently?
Of course, distillers use various production technique and ingredients to spice up the tequila tasting experience, but that’s not it.
The origin of the blue agave plant largely defines the flavor of your tequila.
Agaves harvested in the highlands have a sweet aroma and taste, and those harvested in the lowlands have an ‘herbal’ flavor.
3. You Owe Your Tequila to Jimadors
Jimador? Who’s that?
Without jimadors, tequila lovers would probably have to head over to Mexico and harvest the agave plant themselves.
Jimadors are the Mexican farmers who harvest the agave plant, ensuring distillers have a constant supply.
4. …And to Coas, too
Apparently, you owe your tequila to a lot of people and things!
Jimadors use the coa – a special kind of Manchette with circular blades and slice off agave leaves from the agave heart.
5. Tequila Tasting is Good for Your Mood, and Weight!
Beyond the leisure benefits of tequila, this Mexican drink can help you combat those extra pounds.
The natural sugar agavin found in the drink triggers the production of a gut hormone and it suppresses your appetite.
If you’re on a weight-loss mission, a shot of tequila can keep your stomach fuller for longer and reduce your calorie intake per day.
6. July 24: Mark Your Calendars
Like wine, tequila has a national day.
And in the United States, that day is every 24th of July.
Folks, mark your calendars and get ready to raise those tequila glasses and make a toast to one of the finest drinks, tequila.
7. Americans Live for Tequila
The U.S. is the biggest importer of tequila.
As of 2011, we were bringing in a whopping 124 million liters annually!
With tequila tasting becoming even trendier across the country, one can only expect the numbers to trend upwards.
This truly is a tequila nation!
8. Tequila is Big on Records
Tequila is an exceptional drink, and with attention comes recognition.
In 2006, a platinum and white gold tequila bottle with was sold for $225,000, a Guinness World Record for the most expensive bottle.
That’s not all.
Sitting inside the bottle was 6 years aged, 100% blue agave tequila worth $2,500.
9. There Could Be Diamonds in Your Tequila (Yeah, Seriously)
According to psychists at a university in Mexico, tequila drinks with at least 40 percent alcohol content are evaporated and then condensed into tiny synthetic diamond films.
It’s all science, but show me a tequila aficionado who would trade their delicious tequila drinks for diamonds, and I will show you tequila from France!
As we sum things up…
Did you make it to this end without developing a strong urge for a shot?
Your answer is as good as mine.
So, do the right thing and order yourself a tequila cocktail from a Mexican restaurant in grapevine TX.