Almost every person at least once in his life used tequila, or at least heard of its existence. In recent years, this Mexican alcoholic drink has gained wide popularity and is readily consumed far beyond the borders of the motherland. We invite you to take a closer look at this alcoholic beverage.

The most interesting facts about tequila, 20 photos

1. Real tequila is made from the juice of Blue Agave (Agave Tequilana Weber).

2. For cutting the leaves of the Blue Agave, a special machete is used, it is called “Coa”, and has round blades.

3. Men who are engaged in the collection of agaves and use Machete Coa called Jimadors.

4. From the core (or pina) of the agave, raw materials for the production of tequila are obtained. Its weight can reach 90 kg.

5. In the mid-20th century, in California, the false belief that tequila had psychedelic properties spread. Fallacy occurred as a result of confusion in the name of the beverage ingredients, Californians confused mescal with mescaline (peyote psychoactive alkaloid).

6. Physicists at the National University of Mexico invented a way to create artificial diamonds from tequila. Unfortunately, synthetic diamonds are too small to turn into jewelry, but they can be used for industrial purposes.

7. A closed bottle of tequila can be stored for a long time. After opening, the drink is stored for one or two months until the drink oxidizes and evaporates, and the quality of tequila will be irretrievably lost.

8. Some varieties of tequila in the modern world are produced using ancient methods. Some premium tequila manufacturers, such as Patr N, are still using old-fashioned technology, in which 2-tonne wheels made of volcanic stone slowly squeeze juice from the core of the agave. The juice and fibers of blue agave are then placed in pine barrels for further fermentation. More than 60 pairs of hands will touch each bottle before it is sent to the warehouse.

9. Just as true champagne must come from France, tequila must be made exclusively in Mexico, usually in the state of Jalisco. For the production of tequila, the states of Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit and Tamaulipas are considered acceptable.

10. The most common misconception is the opinion that the bottom of the bottle with this tequila should be a worm. In fact, the worm, or gusano, can be found in lower-quality tequila, for example in mescal, and it is used rather as a marketing ploy. Gusano are the larvae of a species of moth that lives on agave.

11. Jose Cuervo was the first to commercialize the tequila market. He is no less real than Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, or Captain Morgan.

12. A diamond-encrusted bottle of “Hacienda La Capilla” is the most expensive tequila in the world, costing about $ 3.5 million.

13. According to the laws of Mexico, tequila must contain at least 51% of the juice of blue agave.

14. Famous actor George Clooney owns his own brand of tequila.

15. July 24 is National Tequila Day.

16. Many people assume that tequila is made from cactus, but in fact agave is a lily.

17. Until the agave becomes suitable for making tequila, it should take about 8 years. It reaches a maturity level suitable for procurement and use in beverage production.

18. The Mexican government has exclusive rights to the name “Tequila”.

19. With moderate use of tequila activates the nervous system, and never creates a depressed mood.

20. Tequila is one of the few things that foreigners consider to be uniquely Mexican.

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