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About: Agave Vocabulary

 

Agave:

A succulent native to Mexico and the SW United States with a large rosette of thick fleshy leaves.

Anejo:

"old", a mezcal aged at least 1 year in barrel

Con Gusano:

"with worm", a marketing ploy started in the 40's where the larvae of a moth are placed in the finished bottle of mezcal. It is now illegal to market agave spirit with bugs in it as mezcal.

Joven:

"young", a mezcal that is not barrel aged.

Maguey:

the Mexican term for an agave plant.

Mezcal:

a distilled alcoholic beverage made from agave.

Mezcalero:

a distiller of mezcal

Piña:

Spanish for pineapple or pinecone. Term used for the large stout stem of the agave plant, also called the "heart" of the agave.

Reposado:

"rested", a mezcal aged for 2 to 12 months in barrel.

Tequila:

a mezcal made exclusively from the Weber Blue Agave, is produced within a certain geography centered around the state of Jalisco, and is regulated by the Mexican Government.