"I thought maybe I'd share..." Mexico Local Custom Tip by gkitzmil

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<font color=green>I thought maybe I'd share about </font><font color=green size=+1>>Tequilla </font>-<font color=green>since most US Americans seem to slam it down THEN make a face THEN take a suck on a lime. </font><font color=red> WRONG!</font>

First, the correct order is 1) lick the salt 2) lick the lime 3) SIP the tequilla

If you have GOOD tequilla you will want to sip it.
<font color=green>It's What's on the Inside that Counts
Agave (pronounced 'ah-GAH-vay') is the family of plants used to produce mezcal and tequila. It is found exclusively in the Jalisco area of Mexico. Only the distilled spirit of the Blue Agave plant is used for premium tequila.

Is It 100% ?
The best Tequila comes from 100% Pure Blue Agave rested or aged in oak barrels. And all 100% Agave tequilas must be bottled in Mexico, so look for 'imported' on the label.

The Seal of Quality

Norma Official Mexicana de Calidad is the official seal of quality. There are only a handful of officially recognized tequila distilleries in Mexico, and each is assigned a NOM #.

Every tequila brand should carry a single, consistent NOM #. This assures you that brand of tequila has come from the same quality ingredients and process as the rest of the line. For Sauza, look for NOM-1102.

How Old Is Old Enough?

The flavor and smoothness of each tequila is determined by the quality of its ingredients and the aging process it has undergone.

Tequila has four age classifications:

Blanco (Silver)

Clear unaged tequila
Fresh and fruity
Closest to the taste of agave itself
Joven (Gold)

Unaged tequila with added cane sugar or caramel
Slightly sweeter than Blancos
Distinctive golden color

Reposado (Rested)

Aged for at least two months in wood barrels
Mellower than Blancos or Jovens

Aņejo (Aged)

Highest quality option
Aged for at least one year in oak barrels
The choice for the most discriminating consumer

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  • Updated Aug 24, 2002
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