Tequila 101: The Basics
Tequila, the first distilled spirit of the Americas, is made exclusively from the Weber blue agave (agave tequilana, blue variety) under the supervision of the Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT), as authorized by the Mexican government. Tequila has internationally recognized denomination of origin, much like Champagne, Bourbon or Roquefort cheese, meaning it can by definition only be produced in a certain geographical region. Namely, the entire Mexican state of Jalisco, and several municipalities in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit and Tamaulipas. The vast majority is produced in Jalisco, principally in the Tequila Valley.