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How to become a tequila connoisseur

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How to become a tequila connoisseur

You can do more with this popular Mexican drink than make margaritas

By Phil Lempert
Food Editor
Updated: 10:20 a.m. MT Dec 29, 2006

When most Americans think of tequila, it brings them back to their college days — and unfortunately too often the memories tend to surround bad headaches or even worse.

The truth is that tequila is much more of a complex distilled beverage than most of us realize. It is a spirit that is made from the blue agave plant, which takes 8 to 10 years to mature, and can only be harvested once. The leaves of the plant are stripped away, leaving a core that can weighs on average between 40 and 70 pounds and can sometimes grow to 200 pounds.

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