Story Behind Tequila's Iconic Name

Tequila has a song about it. The history of the liquor predates The Champs' late 1950s hit. 

Agave sap drinks may have been originated by the Olmecs culture, which resided in Mexico's lowlands around 1000 B.C.

The first agave-based beverage was depicted in pictograms on stone walls around 200 A.D., although it wasn't called tequila.

The Aztecs referred to it as pulque. It was used to sedate victims of ceremonial sacrifices and to celebrate heroes.

When the Spanish defeated the Aztecs 1,300 years later, distilling began. When brandy ran out, the Spaniards distilled agave nectar into mezcal using rudimentary mud stills. 

Then came a massive distillery. It was built in Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico. As a result, tequila.

There are several different types of tequila stores. This may lead you to believe that "tequila" is synonymous with "beer."

What exactly is tequila?

Tequila's distinctiveness stems from its manufacturing and origin.

Tequila is made by fermenting and distilling blue agave juice. Aguamiel takes seven to ten years to mature. Tequila must have at least 51% blue agave distillate in it.

Second, all tequila must be produced in Mexico. The Tequila Regulatory Council is extremely strict. There is no such thing as American tequila. If so, it's a forgery.

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