Is your tequila jeopardizing Mexico?

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10/22/19 – The Durango Herald

By Lis McLaughlin

If it seems like tequila has been rising in popularity among spirits drinkers, it’s because it has. According to a 2018 U.S. market report, the global market for Tequila is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of about 4.1% over the next 10 years.

This boom, however, has created an agave shortage that is threatening the integrity of the product, the welfare of the agave laborers and the ecology of the agave plant.

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Tequila: It’s not just a drink, it’s a place

The Associated Press, 10/22/11

It’s said the national drink of Mexico has magical properties: It closes contracts and opens doors, makes shy people bold and helps form friendships.

To the uninitiated, the wrong tequila consumed incorrectly also opens medicine chests.

The first thing one learns on a tour of the heart of Mexico’s tequila country is that no one here drinks tequila as a shooter — it’s better sipped from a brandy snifter or Champagne glass so that the full sweet and buttery flavors and aromas of the agave can come through.

And the aficionado never would drink anything other than a tequila made from 100 percent agave. Anything less, like the popular Jose Cuervo Gold, is a “mixto” that by law only has to contain 51 percent of alcohol distilled from agave. The rest could be any other sugary plant like the beet, which makes it potentially hangover-inducing.

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