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City of Tequila, State of Jalisco, 2 March 2011.

Tequila is a product of Agave tequilana, a blue agave plant–and it is most assuredly blue–of the same family as that many know as the century plant. The name “tequila” as applied to the alcoholic beverage is a controlled appellation much as the names of French wines are controlled. If it does not come from Tequila, it must not be labelled as “tequila.” One tequila-like beverage distilled in other areas is called “mescal,” a more generic name.

Tequila Store, City of Tequila, State of Jalisco.

The sign headed “¬°Cuidado!” or “Caution!” tells us generally that while a pirate CD has only bad fidelity, a pirate tequila could have serious consequences for your health. The people of Tequila are understandably jealous of their prerogative.

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