Tequila, Mexico

Drinking Tequila in Tequila, Mexico

Guadalajara, and more specifically the nearby town of Tequila, had been recommended by several people as a great place to visit. I’ve always fancied a world tour of birthplaces of alcoholic beverages, so what better time to start than in the home of this famous drink?

Tequila, Mexico

Tequila, Mexico

We were staying in Guadalajara, which is not far away, so decided to take public transport for a real local experience.  The trip there was remarkably easy on the local bus, we got off at the Casa Herradura just on the outskirts of Tequila itself. Casa Herradura was privately owned until only a few years ago, but now the family own the Hacienda and the museum only, while the American liquor company, Brown Forman, owns the rest.

We took a tour, which was absolutely fascinating. Tequila is made from blue agave – who knew that this strange looking plant could become a delicious drink.  It’s very strict as to what is and what isn’t this famous drink, to be called Tequila it must be grown in the county of Tequila only (much like the rules around Champagne). Outside of this area it is called Mescal. The first thing that was obvious is how incredibly labour intensive it is. The harvesting is all done by hand, and delivered by the truck load to Casa Herradura, who make 60,000 litres of Tequila every day.

Tequila, Mexico

We got a very good understanding of the whole process, and the tour also included samples at the end. Unfortunately I seemed to have picked up some kind of virus and the thought of drinking any kind of alcohol was not appealing in the slightest, however my travel companion tried the varieties on offer, including one bottle which retails for $US170. She proclaimed it smooth as silk, and said she could quite happily sip on one or two of those.

So for me I didn’t quite tick off drinking Tequila in Tequila…but nearly!

Tequila, Mexico

Tequila, Mexico

Tequila, Mexico

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