FOR THE LOVE OF AGAVE
I love Agave. The plant itself is interesting. The fact that it can take anywhere between 6-15 years for it to mature to the point of being able to be used to make a spirit shows the patience and durability of not only the plant, but those who have decided to make the byproduct of the plant their life's work. There being over 100 species of Agave plants sparks my exploitative interest; wanting to try as many as I can and figure what makes them different. And the fact that, like wine grapes, Agave plants express the terroir they are grown in, you get to learn which region you prefer your Agave to come from. It's these unique (when talking about distilled libations) characteristics that have lead me to have this affection that I have for Agave.
Which is why I am saddened when I see people drink ordinary Tequila at home and in bars, especially on Cinco de Mayo. While it should be a day we remember the great Battle of Puebla in 1862, really we use it as a day to drink Tequila. While I have no problem celebrating the day, I do have a problem with the day being celebrated with basic, everyday Tequila. If you are going to honor the memory of the great victory for Mexico, do it with their greatest export; true artisan Agave-made spirits. So join me and raise a glass not only to those brave souls that fought their French counterparts, but to those who spend years making your Tequila, Mezcal Bacanora and Sotol.
Just like any good thing, Agave Spirits take time to make. But it is in this process that beauty is found, the proof is in the pudding and when you compare our Agave Spirits to the basic Agave Spirits you find at your grocery store or chain restaurants, you will see the difference. And appreciate the work that goes into making these spirits. Salud!!