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Interesting Tequila Facts: The production of true tequila is limited to only five Mexican states. The states that comprise this denomination of origin are Jalisco, Michoacan, Nayarit, Guanajuato, and Tamaulipas. The red volcanic soil that can be found in the tequila-producing region of Mexico lends itself well to the growing of blue agave plants.
Those plants that are grown in the highlands tend to be larger and have a sweeter taste, while those grown in the lowlands are typically smaller and more herbaceous.
Mexican law deems that tequila must be distilled at least twice before it can be sold and consumed. Most tequilas are 80 proof, which translates to an alcohol content of 40 percent. There are variations, and some tequila can be even be up to 110 proof.
Tequila is grouped into two basic categories. It is either 100 percent agave tequila or "mixto" tequila. To create a mixto variety, producers mix at least 51 percent agave sugars with other sugars, such as glucose and fructose. The 100 percent agave-based tequila is the best you can buy.