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Tequila: five things you probably didn't know

It's not all salt rims and lime wedges

1. Its like champagne

Just like champagne, tequila has a Denomination of Origin, meaning that it can only be produced in Mexico. Its one of the most regulated spirits in the world, watched by the Mexican government, the Tequila Regulatory Council and the National Chamber of Tequila Producers.

2. Its plant based

Tequila is made from the cooked and fermented juice of the blue agave plant.By law, in Mexicotrue tequila is 100 per centagave, with different qualities of the spirit aged between zero to four years.

3. It goes off

An unopened bottle of tequila can last for years, however, as soon as a bottle is opened, youll have one to two months to consume it before oxidation and evaporation destroys the agave.

4. Some premium tequilas still use traditional methods of production

Some premium tequila brands, such as Patrn, still use the tahona method of production to produce tequila. The tahona method uses a heavy volcanic stone to slowly crush shredded, cooked agave. At Patrn, usually more than 60 hands will have touched a single bottle before it is shipped.

5. Real tequila doesnt have a worm in it

A worm or gusano is often closely associated with tequila, however, the worm actually originated with mescal - tequilas cousin, largely as a marketing ploy.

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