Tequila is a Mexican liquor distilled from the fermented juices obtained from the hearts of blue agave plants grown in the Tequila Region. The liquor gets its name from the town of Tequila located in the state of Jalisco where production started more than 200 years ago.

The blue agave (agave azul tequilana weber) has long bluish green spiny leaves with sharp points and a large heart (called piña or pineapple) from which the juices are extracted and then distilled twice. One liter of distilled tequila requires between 6 and 8 kilos of agave pulp. Tequila is not distilled from pulque nor is it produced from any cactus.

Tequila is famous around the world for its unique taste and bouquet and it is also the great mixer used in Margaritas that have become one of the most popular cocktails ever.

Types of Tequila

Tequila can only be produced in Mexico, in the Tequila Region, and must comply with strict Mexican government regulations. Tequila is produced in two general categories and four different types in those categories.

1. Tequila 100% Agave

Must be made with 100% blue agave juices and must be bottled at the distillery in Mexico. It may be Blanco, Reposado, or Añejo.

2. Tequila

Must be made with at least 51% blue agave juices. This tequila may be exported in bulk to be bottled in other countries following the NOM standard. It may be Blanco, Gold, Reposado, or Añejo. Look at the Tequilas to the left an see if you can figure out which ones are 100% Agave.

30-30 Anejo Mexico Anejo Tequila Item Origin:Tequila 30-30 Blanco Mexico Blanco Tequila Item Origin:Tequila 30-30 Repasado Mexico Tequila Repasado Item Origin:Tequila
Don Sergio Reposado Mexico Tequila Item Origin:Tequila El Rey Blanco Mexico Tequila Item Origin:Tequila Herradura Anejo Mexico Tequila Item Origin:Tequila
Hijos De Villa Pear Mexico Tequila Pear Flavored Item Origin:Tequila Jose Cuervo Classico Mexico Tequila Item Origin:Tequila Jose Cuervo Especial Mexico Tequila Item Origin:Tequila
Jose Cuervo Golden Margarita Mexico Teq,Grand Mariner,Margarita Item Origin:Tequila