Agave Spirits

Agave piñas loaded on a truck.

Agave piñas loaded on a truck.

Agave Spirits are hotter than ever. Anyone who grew-up with licking the salt, toss it back, and bite the lime it’s sometimes hard to imagine how we got here. Today’s Agave Spirits rituals are far more sophisticated and near certain to be grimace free.

We will dig into all of the great Mezcals with obviously a close eye on Tequila that is a specific, closely regulated, type of mezcal. Remember that all Tequilas are Mezcals but not all Mezcals are Tequila. Got it?

Mezcal is one of the world’s most mysterious and unique beverages. It is surrounded by much legend, myth, and lore both at home in Mexico and around the world. To truly and appreciate Tequila you must understand its source, blue agave, and the ancient beverages made from this unique plant. Depending on whom you ask, there are anywhere from 100 to 400 varieties of agave grown natively over much of the vast, and primarily arid, Mexican countryside. Agave possesses equal significance as both a practical and spiritual object. The agave is believed to be the creation of the goddess Mayahuel. The sweet sap, or aguamiel, is her blood. The gift was paid for in-kind as aristocrats, priests, and warriors offered their own blood to ensure a favorable harvest.

There is much to explore in the world of Agave Spirits and we will post links from this page when each new article appears.

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