When most people think about tequila, most bring back of memories of having too many shots and seeking best cure for hangover the next day.
Truth is that hangover is often caused by tequilas that are not made with 100% Blue Agave. Like champagne that can only be from Champagne France, Tequila by Mexican law can only come from Tequila in Jalisco, Mexico. Look for the seal from NOM (Norma Official Mexicana) seal on your bottle to ensure authenticity and age of your tequila. So instead of looking to treat a hangover with hangover pills, read on and learn how to be a tequila connoisseur while avoiding the dreaded morning after hangover.
There are over 200 varieties of agave but only the Blue Agave produce the smooth, high quality tequila. Look for 100% Blue Agave instead of the less expensive “mixtos” that is responsible for the terrible headaches. Fine tequila is like fine wine with a smooth, fragrant taste after aged in white oak. It leaves a fine fragrance in palate for hours without any burning or irritation of your throat. Because fine pure tequila is distilled 2-3 times, there are no impurities to cause hangover similar to the finest pure vodka.
Traditional organic production takes 4- 10 days for natural fermentation after steaming the sweet agave core. Majority of commercial tequila are not produced from mature blue agave plants and are manufactured in few hours. A mature blue agave plant can take up to 10 years to produce a single agave pineapple weighing up to 200 pounds and contain sufficient sugar to produce the highest quality of Tequila.
There are four main classes of Tequilas with varying prices from $15 – $250
1. Blanco: Derived from single distillation. Not aged. Look for 100% Agave
2. Reposado: Aged in white oak barrels from 2 months up to 364 days
3. Anejos: Aged between 2-5 years. Gives a bouquet flavor and woody taste
4. Extra Anejos: Extra time in aging and distillation. Reducing volume of anejos
By 50% to obtain more flavorful taste.
1. Take a small grain of salt into your mouth
2. Cleanse your palate with small amount of lime. Step 1 and 2 needs only
be done once before first drink.
3. Pour small amount of tequila.
4. Inhale first then take a small sip holding the tequila in your mouth for several seconds before swallowing.
5. Exhale through mouth immediately after swallowing.
My personal favorite is Tres Mujeres Tequila Extra Anejo. It is one of the few distilleries that still follow the traditional organic methods of production from mature aged blue agave plants. No impurities, no short cuts to produce the high quality tequila treasured by true connoisseurs.
Of course you need to drink responsibly and not over indulge. If you suffer from alcohol related flushing, remember to take BoozAid 30 minutes before drinking to block the embarrassing discomfort.
Look for 100% Agave label and avoid mixed tequila whenever possible to minimize hangover. If only mixed tequila is available, can use BoozAid to protect your brain, liver and stomach from the dreaded morning after.