Tequila Basics: How is Tequila Made?

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There are some basic things you should know about Tequila if you want to become a professional, in this post we’ll cover the second of many topics that are key for you education as a “Tequila Professional”:
How is Tequila Made?

In order to make more fun and easier for you to understand the process of how Tequila is made, we made an infographic…

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** In step 2: Extraction, it should be noted that before the sugars are extracted the piñas are cooked in ovens.

Tequila Basics: What is Tequila?

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There are some basic things you should know about Tequila if you want to become a professional, in this post we’ll cover the first of many topics that are key for you education as a “Tequila Professional”:
What is Tequila?

According to the Consejo Regulador de Tequila (CRT), Tequila is: an alcoholic beverage obtained through the process of distillation and fermentation of the juices obtained from the material extracted from the Agave of the Blue Weber variety, as long it’s located in the geographic territory stated in the Declaration by the CRT, and fulfills the conditions established by the mexican norm NOM-006-SCFI-2005.

Tequila is a liquid that, according to its class, has no color or is slightly colored. Tequila can be flavored or colored, with substances allowed by the Mexican Health Department, to enhance its color, smell or flavor.

The name “Tequila” was adopted after the region where it originated almost two centuries ago. Tequila can be of two different categories: Tequila and 100% de Agave.

Distintivo “T”

The “Distintivo Tequila” or ” Distintivo T ” was born in 2003  to promote the authentic Tequila Culture and to protect the Origin Denomination which is part of Mexico’s heritage.

The  “Distintivo T” is a recognition of high prestige created by the “Consejo Regulador del Tequila” (CRT) and the “National Industry Tequila Chamber” (CNIT) that is granted to hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs, distributors and retailers, among others, that once fulfilled the established requirements, can obtain this recognition and distinctive symbol.

The “Distintivo T” has next main objectives:

  1. To protect the Tequila Origin Denomination
  2. To promote the authentic Tequila Culture in restaurants, bars, truism schools etc. . To national and international level.
  3. To preserve the authenticity of the product and to avoid it’s adulteration.
  4. To protect consumer’s health against adulteration beverages and pseudo-tequilas.
  5. To enforce the law to break the empty containers
  6. To promote authentic certificated Tequila brands.

Benefits:

  • For Restaurants & Bars:
    1. To promote and bring awareness to establishments that were awarded with the “Distintivo T” as trusty and confident places where people can taste authentic Tequila and where the personnel is versatile about Tequila and its culture.
    2. To show in it’s menus & promotional pamphlets the figure of  “Distintivo T” as symbol of  quality and commitment.
    3. Application of systems of control and service quality.
  • For the personnel:
    1. Personnel gets a full education about Tequila Culture, Tequila Tasting and customer service, so sales are proved to increase.
    2. Each attendant to course gets a diploma certificated by the CRT.
  • For consumer:
    1. Consumption of authentic and certificated brands is promoted .
    2. Protection of consumer’s health is reinforced before adulterated beverages or fake Tequilas.
    3. Excellence in service and confidence is obtained when Tequila is served.
    4. Knowledge about Tequila is obtained trough the establishment’s personnel.

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