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Vats

Tequila Tour:

We took a tour that drove us through hours of Mexican mountains and valleys to the town of Tequila.

 

This is of the Tequila Factory. They harvest the agave hearts after growing the plant to maturity over ten years. The heart is sweet to the taste, and they throw them all in giant steam vats to cook and squeeze juice from them. Then the hearts are chopped and squeezed to drain the rest of the juices from them. Those juices are distilled in giant vats, then separated out into the pure white tequila. This can be served as is or aged six months or three years. The barrels they're aged in are made of oak, and mango and avocado trees are grown inside the aging house to give aroma to the liquor.

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Taken on March 15, 2006