A celebration of all that is neat about tequila.
Following hot on the heels of whisky, vodka and gin, tequila has become the latest spirit to be revolutionised, gentrified, and beautified in the last ten years. Every day a new small-batch, craft, artisan, tequila brand opens its doors to a loyal and thirsty following of blue agave lovers desperate to get their hands on this nectar of the Aztec gods.
The days of slammin’ and shootin’ shots with a lick of salt and a suck of lemon have passed, and replaced by a definitive twenty-first century glow-up, swapping shot glasses for champagne flutes. Indeed, there is a lot more to tequila than meets the eye, and The Little Book of Tequila has researched itself into sweet oblivion to give its readers more than an eyeful of this mysterious and delicious spirit.
‘A little tequila, sunshine and tacos never hurt anybody’ Ron Woodroof (played by Matthew McConaughey), Dallas Buyers Club, 2013, as seen on IMDB.com.
Like fine French wine and fizz, in order for tequila to be made and sold as tequila, it can only be produced in five regions in Mexico: Guanajuato, MichoacÃ¡n, Nayarit, Tamaulipas, and Jalisco. The latter, Jalisco, is far and away the largest producer of this blue agave nectar.
In 2019, the United States bought more than 240,000,000 bottles of tequila, approximately 80 per cent of the world’s total supply. The top five states that consumed the most tequila were, you guessed it, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, California, and Maryland.