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With tequila in hand we raised our glasses up, down and to the center. But before placing it in our mouths we were instructed to do a little dance the infamous Chef Oscar called the “cuchi cuchi”. This is just one of the many fun antics that occurred at the Travel Bloggers’ Tweet Up at Hacienda Tres Rios Spa and Nature Park. Nevertheless, putting the fun and dancing aside, we did learn a lot from the tequila tasting seminar.
What tequila facts did we absorb into our bellies and our minds?
There is a proper way to drink tequila. It is neither with salt nor lime, instead to truly enjoy the flavor, you must breathe in, hold it, sip and enjoy. If anything must accompany tequila it is cinnamon and orange. Both accompaniments enhance tequila’s flavor whereas lime and salt merely eliminate it.
Authentic tequila can be made from one plant and one plant only. Also, it can come from only one region in the world. Sounds a lot like France’s champagne right? The Blue Agave Tequilana Webber Plant is the only agave plant in which tequila can originate and it comes from very specific regions located in western Mexico.
Tequila production dates back to pre-Hispanic times. Long before the Spanish arrived, pre-Hispanic tribes discovered the sweet liquor derived from the hearts of agave plants. The Europeans were the ones to perfect the distillation process via the use of Arabic procedures and American and French oak barrels.
Knowing how to read a tequila bottle label is vital in finding valid tequila. If it is not ‘100% de agave ‘or it is not made in Mexico, it is NOT tequila at all.
Chef Oscar also opened up our palates to all five various types of tequila: blanco, joven, reposado, añejo and extra añejo. We even got to try the very expensive, very tasty Herradura Extra Añejo, a tequila brand that sells for at least 500 USD in the United States. Needless to say, after all of the tequila tasting and a brief instruction on how to make sangrita, all writers stumbled away happy, ready to write and do the “cuchi cuchi” in the streets of near by Playa del Carmen.
Ready to answer a few questions in the comments below?
YH QUICK TEST
1. What is the name of Chef’s Oscar dance?
2. List the 4 steps you must follow to properly drink tequila.
3. What is the name of the only plant from which tequila can be made of?
4. Who perfected the distillation process of the tequila?
5. Which one is your favorite tequila brand?
Good luck and Salud!
About the Author
Kristin McCollum is a travel writer that has spent the past year traveling and working throughout Europe and Mexico. Now settled on the Yucatan Peninsula, she finds inspiration in every person she meets and in the natural beauty which surrounds her. Follow Kristin on Twitter.