When it comes to alcohol and the eay people drink it, there are lots of myths that surrounds it but none has as much as the tequila. From the kind of time you take a tequila to the number of shots you can take to feel good, the myths surrounding this wonderful alcoholic drink is exhaustive.
We are here to debunk some of the common myths that a lot of people have come to accept as facts, so that you can look cool at the bar.
Grab your favorite tequila, learn who actually makes it by finding the code of the distillery, called NOM, and look online to see what else they make that costs less. Odds are, it’s the same thing you’re drinking now with different branding.
If The Name Is Tequila, Its Actually Tequila
There are lots of drinks on store shelves with the word “tequila” on it but if you’re looking for cheaper drinks on the bottom shelves, your bottle may be only about half tequila.
That’s because the rest of it will be either something closer to rum, which means 49% of the bottle can be alcohol made from other ingredients like sugarcane or corn. There can also be additives like glycerin, caramel coloring and oak extract for added flavor and complexity.
While the addition of corn or sugarcane alcohol aren’t necessarily a bad thing, the additives tend to add some spice to your hangover. Check to be sure that the label reads 100% de agave, if not you’re drinking a mixture.
The best Tequila Is Found In Mexico
This is false because most of the time, the best stuff made is saved for export. This perhaps informs the reason why locals drink reposado tequila or a slightly aged version and hardly touch silver or unaged ones.
They also drink reposado tequila straight, not in cocktails. You may want to take a minute to appreciate the special quality the silver tequila is.
Tequila Can Be Made Anywhere
You can make an alcohol that tastes like tequila anywhere you want but you can’t call it tequila. The same thing applies to real Champagne and Cognac, tequila has an appellation, which is why the Tequila name is restricted to five Mexican states, including Jalisco.
If someone makes tequila outside of this designated zone, it must be called something else. In Mexico, there are three other major kinds of agave alcohols and some have their own protected appellations, including Mezcal, Bacanora and Sotol.
Mezcal Is Much Better Than Tequila
Mezcal is enjoyable but it’s not a new thing. In Mexico, people often refer to anything not tequila but made from an agave variant as mezcal. Most of what is seen around the world is usually produced in Oaxaca and eight other Mexican states and generally made by smaller distilleries using many different types of agave.
Tequila, on the other hand, is only made from Weber Blue agave and the process is highly regulated. Is mezcal better? That depends a lot on how much you enjoy the taste of smoke.
Distillers steam agave to make tequila, whereas they roast it to make mezcal, which makes it a little to a lot smokier. You can know if mezcal is your favourite by asking yourself how much you enjoy smoky, peated Scotch.
If you love it, grab a bottle of mezcal and take some shots. If you however prefer sweeter Scotches and whiskeys, you’re probably going to love tequila more.