Tequila is the spirit of Mexico. But if you think it’s made from cactus or there’s a worm involved you’ve been sadly misinformed.
What is it?
A clear, distilled spirit made from the agave plant, a succulent similar to – but not the same as – a cactus. Its colour ranges from clear to golden but one thing remains constant: its high alcohol content!
Where's it from?
True Tequila hails only from a specific region in Mexico. Anything made anywhere else cannot call itself Tequila.
What does it taste like?
Aficionados enjoy Tequila as a premium spirit, savouring its flavour from specially designed glasses and sipping it neat. It can be sweet and smoky or dry with mineral flavours depending on its age and region of production.
The invention of the worm in the bottle was actually a 1950s marketing gimmick designed to sell more mezcal (as distinct from tequila). The worm in question is usually the agave worm (butterfly larva) which lives in the heart of the plant and starts as a bright coral colour, fading to pink in the bottle.
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