A Conversation for Tequila
? Started conversation Jan 16, 2001
An explanation for "the worm": originally, the worm was added by people who distilled their own mezcal: if the worm dissolved, there was not enough alcohol in it. The stories about the mind-altering effects were "invented" later.
This is also the reason there's no worm in 100% agave Tequila: it's not necessary.
U128068 Posted Mar 15, 2001
There should never be a worm in tequila, unless it is sold to tourists or exported to the USofA. However, the worm (a grub of an insect that lives on the blue agave) is used in Mezcal. In particular the Mezcal produced in the area surrounding Monta Alban, Oaxaca. The worm indicates that the Agave used was blue agave. Some Mezcals are much better than the average Tequila, Myarticls on Mezcal was rejected because there was already an article on Tequila and the fact that it contains information not in the Tequila article was ignored
Mezcal - http://www.bbc.co.uk/h2g2/guide/A414802
U128068 Posted Mar 16, 2001
Dudemeister Posted Mar 16, 2001
I don't see why another article about Mezcal would not be interesting. It is different, and there are other stories to tell. It won't disslove worms however.
Hugo the Fish Posted Mar 16, 2001
? Posted Mar 16, 2001
Nereus Posted Mar 23, 2001
Mezcal is actually made from a different agave than Tequila, and it is a completely different drink, some time many orders of magnitude stonger %-)
There /should\ be an article on it.
Dudemeister Posted Mar 27, 2001
Yes, it can be made from other agave. It is often cropped with more of the leaf on the "pineapple" unlike tequila that is clipped close to the core. This gives some mezcals a harsher flavour (or more spicy flavour). Some of the white "country" (moonshine) tequila I have tried in N. Mexico is very pure tasting liquor - some of it is watered down (and also dirt cheap). The others like the Oaxacan style aged a bit is a lot different. I think an article is in order .. I probably don't have time to write it - be my guest!
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