Tequila is Mexico’s national drink and one enjoyed by locals. All over Mazatlan you can see the blue agave plants growing in hopes of harvesting them for this liquid of the heavens.
I know a bit about tequila from my university days living with 4 guys from Mexico. I discovered most of what we consider to be tequila is actually mezcal and that fine tequila should be had straight.
I also know I like it a bit too much.
Today we toured Los Osuna distillery, which is over 150 years old. I learned that tequila is perfect for the impatient because it doesn’t actually need to be aged at all. White tequila is young, it is quite plain but smooth. Anejo is old and has a wooden flavour and then resposado is somewhere in the middle.
We finished with a tasting and I realized that good tequila can be had straight and you don’t need a lemon or salt. Perhaps I should stop being so cheap with what I buy…
But the best piece of information came from Ivan with Mazatlan Tourism during dinner at Pedro y Lola. He said to take the drink in my dominant hand turn my head to that side and drink, there I should be able to taste the alcohol in the drink. However, if I put the glass in my non-dominant hand and turn my head to that side to drink all I would taste is the flavour of the tequila.
Needless I say I spent most of the night with my head turned to the left.
Disclosure: I was a guest of the Mexico Tourism Board but they did not request that I write a favourable review or stay out dancing until 5am with Raymond from Man on the Lam stopping not once but twice for hot dogs on the street.