Tequila is a drink with a rich history. Yes, contrary to popular belief, it has more of a history than making your clothes fall off.
A Brief History of Tequila
Tequila is a type of mezcal (which, if you haven’t tried you should). Tequila, however, has to be made with at least 51% blue agave, unlike mezcal (yes, there are several different varieties of agave).
And just like Champagne, tequila can only be made (legally, for it to be called “tequila”) in a few specific regions of Mexico. Within one of those regions is where the drink we now call tequila was born: in the town of Tequila. Not too long after the city’s founding, the drink was commercialized with the help of a man that went by a name that’s still known today: Jose Cuervo.
Traditionally, there are five different kinds of tequila:
Having said that, you should know this: there is now a new category added to that list. The Tequila Regulatory Council has added a category called cristalino. Cristalino is aged (like añejo) tequila that is filtered to strip the caramel color out of it.
The New Kid On The Block
The drink itself may be old, but there are a few newcomers trying their hand at crafting the perfect tequila. One of those companies is Volcan De Mi Tierra (which translates to “land of the volcano”).
They’ve recently come out with two tequilas. One is a blanco. The other is a cristalino. Here’s what I thought of them:
They’re both delicious as far as tequila goes. Personally, I’d buy the blanco without blinking an eye for the price. The cristalino, which, again, is a brand new subsect of tequila, seems a bit expensive to me.
But tastes are subjective. You may like them differently than me. If you’re interested in tequila, but don’t know where to start, I would certainly recommend trying both of them for yourself and see which one you like better.
This post was originally published in the men's lifestyle network, OneUpped Magazine
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