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Is sotol a mezcal?

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Sotol is a distilled spirit made from a plant that grows in Chihuahua, Durango and Coahuila. It is not a mezcal and it has its own denomination of origin.

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Is there a tequila worm?


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No, it is a myth. However there are worms that may attack the agave. The only edible worms come from the maguey plant from the Altiplano in Mexico.

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How do agaves reproduce?


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After an agave matures, a long "quiote" or sprout develops and all the sugars are used for this purpose. The seeds grow at the top are are scattered by the wind. Afterwards the agave dies and can not be used to produce tequila. The most common method to reproduce agaves is by "hijuelos" or shoots. The shoots on commercial plants are removed when they are about a year old to allow the heart to grow larger.

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Does tequila come for the maguey?

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Maguey or century plant is used to produce "pulque". The sweet zap of the maguey is fermented but never distilled. A maguey plant continues to produce sweet zap for many years, whereas the agave for mezcal and tequila must be uprooted. It takes 8 to 10 years for a blue agave to be ready to become tequila.

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Is tequila the same as mezcal?

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Mezcal is any distilled spirit obtained from agave juices.  Mezcal from the Tequila Region is known as "tequila". Mezcal produced in different parts of Mexico, particularly in Oaxaca is called "mezcal" and it has its own Denomination of Origin. Both "tequila" and "mezcal"come from similar agaves and the processes of production are also similar.