Tequila 101 – A Guide to the Process of Making Tequila
When we talk about Tequila, we are referring to the distilled beverage made from blue agave plant. This blue agave plant can be found 65 kilometers northwest from Guadalajara, in the Jalisco Highlands. This plant is high in sugar, making it a great ingredient in tequila. Some of Mexico’s finest tequila producers are located in the Jalisco region.
Tequila production is labor-intensive. It takes five to twelve years for agave plants to fully mature. It is also a very delicate process, requiring special care. The main component of tequila, agave, is fructose. The fermentation process produces ethanol, isobutyl alcohol, and maguey. During this process, the agave is soaked in water and allowed to ferment.
Despite its distinctive taste and color, the fermentation process of tequila differs depending on the species. While the plant’s main sugar, fructose, is used during the process, the flowering stalk (known as the quiote), can grow up to six metres (20 feet) tall. This is called quercetin and it is used to force sap to the plant’s heart.
Producers use a different fermentation process to make tequila. Depending on the type and amount of agave, the fermentation process can either be open or closed. This process can be done in both open and closed vats. The agave fibers provide an aromatic component. Once fermentation is complete, the liquid is ready to be distilled two times. This is done using copper or stainless-steel stills.
The production process of tequila is influenced by the type of yeast strain and carbon-nitrogen ratio. CF1 agaves produce higher alcohol levels than CF2 agaves, and this difference affects the flavour and aroma. During the fermentation process, the agave plants produce a tall flower stalk, known as the quiote. This flower stalk uses the plant’s energy reserves, resulting in a tequila that can be six metres (20 feet) in height.
Tequila must be twice distilled in order to make it. The first process is a combination of pot stills, while the second is a combination of column and pot stills. The second step is to make a final distillation of tequila. The distillation process should take at least one year. The agave must also be aged in oak barrels at least 2 years before it can bottled.
Ageing tequila is the second step in making it. A tequila can be aged in its casks for a year or more, but the process of aging depends on the type of wood and its thickness. Some brands age their tequila even in barrels that once held American whiskey. The type of agave determines whether tequila will be aged in its casks.
Tequila is often made from mezcal, which is not tequila. The oldest distilled spirit in North America is mezcal, which is produced from a single agave. In Mexico, tequila is produced using a process of fermentation and aging, but it must be brewed from pure agave. Unlike tequila, mezcal must be made from 100% agave.
It is important to pay attention to the ingredients when purchasing tequila. Clearer color and a better taste will be the hallmark of the purest tequila. It will be made with less agave than other types. Blanco is the purest type of tequila. It should not be confused with mezcal, which is a mixture of agave and other components.
The agave plant is a popular crop in Mexico. Approximately 165 million plants are grown in the region each year. Tequila, in Mexico, is also a popular spirit. This popular drink is easy to drink and has many health benefits. It can be overwhelming for those who are new to the concept. It can be difficult to tell if the flavor is subtle or if it is more complex.
Tequila’s primary source is the agave plant. Its name comes from the Nahuatl word “cooked agave.” A good quality tequila contains at least 35% alcohol. The industry average sugar content is around 21.5%. To soften the fibers of the agave and convert starches into sugar, it is roasted. It is also sold with a paper seal.