Are tequila worms real? No, tequila worms are not real. The only living thing that can be found in some types of mescal (a Mexican made alcohol), is the butterfly caterpillar. Real tequila does not contain a worm and it never has. The worm in the tequila was nothing more than a marketing ploy, designed to sell the Mexican made alcohol called “mescal” or “mescal.” American manufacturers of cheap tequila caught wind of it and decided to add a worm to the tequila they produced.
Most people mistakenly believe that the butterfly caterpillar contained a mind-altering drug produced by several types of cacti and peyote. The caterpillar found in some types of mescal does not contain the mind-altering drug called mescaline. Unfortunately, enough people believed the myth that the worm contained mescaline. This myth and marketing worked to sell the American versions of “tequila.”
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So what exactly is tequila? Most tequila available in America is not real tequila. To be designated real tequila, the drink can only be made from the blue agave plant and it can only be produced in five regions of Mexico, these regions are mostly in the northwest part of the country.
A bottle of real tequila will read “100% agave,” “100% blue agave,” or something similar. Do not assume expensive tequila is real tequila. Some distillers place cheap tequila in a fancy bottle with nice packaging and sell it for a higher price than real tequila. The difference in quality between real tequila and cheap tequila is obvious to palettes that may or may not be refined. Once you have tasted real tequila, you will never want to drink cheap tequila again. Someone at your local liquor emporium will be able to tell you if they sell real tequila. In the meantime, the following is an explanation provided by Wikipedia about the difference between 100% pure tequila and a tequila that may be 51 percent or less.
“There are two basic categories of tequila: mixtos and 100% agave. Mixtos use no less than 51% agave, with other sugars making up the remainder. Mixtos use both glucose and fructose sugars. With 100% agave tequila, blanco or plata is harsher with the bold flavors of the distilled agave up front, while reposado and añejo are smoother, subtler, and more complex. As with other spirits that are aged in casks, tequila takes on the flavors of the wood, while the harshness of the alcohol mellows. The major flavor distinction with 100% agave tequila is the base ingredient, which is more vegetal than grain spirits (and often more complex).” –www.wikipedia.org
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Tequila can be clear to light brown in color. The brown color that some types of real tequila exhibit is caused by aging in oak barrels. The longer the tequila has been aged in oak barrels, the darker the color. Dark tequila is considered premium and preferred by most people.
Cheap tequila is sometimes colored brown by an artificial method, such as adding food coloring. This is to give it the appearance of quality. However this brown color does not mean it will taste any better. Cheap tequila is cheap tequila, no matter what color it may be.