In November I visited seven tequila distilleries in Mexico. Here are some pictures and notes from my visit to the Jose Cuervo distillery in the town of Tequila.
- April and May are the planting months for agave
- Agave is harvested year-round, though they usually avoid the rainiest month
- Cuervo irrigates their agave
- They prune the leaves of their agave plants for three reasons: Because they're sharp, to avoid insects laying eggs in them, and to help the heart grow faster
- For Reserva de la Familia, they cut out the cogollo, not for the mixto
- Cuervo owns 4 distilleries
- The distillery had 110,000 visitors last year
- They use only oven, no autoclaves
- The product of the first distillation, called ordinario, is cloudy
- Heads and tails are called vinasas. They are mixed with the agave fibers and made into fertilizer. This happens here and at most distilleries we visited.
- Reserva de la Familia agave is grown in special fields. It is aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels.
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