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History of Tequila
Margarita is one of the America's most favorite cocktail. Not only at the bars and restaurants, Margarita is popular at homes. Of course the major ingredients of Margarita is tequila, which was initially produced as ritual beverage by religious authorities long before the 16th century. In the 16th century when Spanish came to Mexico, they started fermenting agave plants. In 1656, the town of Tequila was found. By the beginning of th 17th century, tequila was produced in the town of Tequila. During the 17th and 18th century, Jose Cuervo (www.cuervo.com) became the first man to commercialize Tequila with legal rights from the Spanish government that controlled New Spain. Cenobio Sauza then made it possible to import tequila to the United States in the late 1800s. Tequila became internatinalized products over the Mexican Rovolution, Prohibition, and World Wars.
Tequila is produced by the Blue Agave plant (century plant). According to the Mexican law, tequila must contain 51 percent of Blue Agave. There is a 100% Agave tequila, which must be inspected by the government before it's shipped. Distillers use sugar plants to blend tequila, but it must not exceed more than 49 percent of the bottle. This is the cheaper way to produce tequila. Blended tequilas don't have to be produced in Mexico. A 100% Agave Tequila must be produced in Mexico. It is usually the most expensive tequila that you can get in the market due to only a few tequilero (tequila distillers) make one and the government inspection. The more percentage of Blue Agave, the more expensive the tequila is. It takes about 10 years to mature the plant before it's produced for tequila. Most Blue Agave plants that are used for tequila are produced in the State of Jalisco. Besides Jalisco, four other statas in Mexico grow the plants for the purpose of producing tequila: Michoacan, Nayarit, Tamaulipas, and Guanajuato. (see the map) These regions are permitted to produce tequila in Mexico.Among over 100 kinds of agave plants, only the blue agave is used for tequila.
When you purchase a tequila at the market next time, take a moment to read the front label. It should tell you the type of tequila, for instance, a 100% Agave, or Anejo. The label must show the name of distiller and region where it's produced, as well as the NUM number. NUM number is an uniqu identification for tequila makers. You may find the letters 'DGN' on the label. This stands for Direccion General de Normas, meaning the tequila is bottle in the United States and is very old.
Art of its distillation came along with Sapnish control over the New Spain for commercialization. Tequila production doesn't require certain period of aging like other spirits. Thus, after the distillation, tequila is ready to be shipped without aging. However, gold tequila usually is aged in white oak casks for about 3 years. Mexican law doesn't require aging except Tequila Anego, which must be aged at least one year.
There are three major kinds of tequilas: Gold Tequila, Tequila Anejo, and White Tequila. Both Gold Tequila and Tequila Anejo is usually aged in white oak casks.
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