blue agave


Definition of blue agave

: a Mexican agave (Agave tequilana) that has bluish- to greenish-gray swordlike leaves with spiny margins and is typically cultivated for the production of tequila and sometimes grown as an ornamental

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That's because any spirit distilled from the agave plant is considered mezcal, but tequila can come from the blue agave variation. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "15 Things Every Tequila Aficionado Needs to Know," 23 July 2018 Tequila, a style of mezcal, can be distilled only from the blue agave plant; mezcal is made from some 30 other varieties of agave native to Mexico. Mary Kaye Schilling, Town & Country, "Discovering the Culture of Mexico City," 18 Oct. 2016 Tequila, a type of mezcal made exclusively from blue agave, is made in Mexico but primarily consumed in the US, says Kara Newman, the spirits editor for Wine Enthusiast. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Elon Musk’s Teslaquila is actually a good idea," 19 Oct. 2018 Mezcal is an increasingly popular type of liquor that differs from tequila in that it is made from any type of agave, while tequila is made only from blue agave. Geoff Bruce, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "BelAir Cantina manager shares secrets to a mouthwatering margarita," 20 June 2018 Fields of blue agave fill the horizon and the nearby properties are occupied by the industry’s giants such as Don Julio, as well as proud concerns that cling to their rich heritage, including Camarena, whose various brands include Tequila Ocho. Mark Seal, WSJ, "The Tequila Gold Rush," 19 June 2018 Jimadores, or harvesters, cut blue agave for the Jalisco distillery Tequila Ocho. Mark Seal, WSJ, "The Tequila Gold Rush," 19 June 2018 Instead of industrial machines, her distillery uses masonry ovens that are made from the soil where the blue agave is planted. Valeriya Safronova, New York Times, "Her Father Loved Tequila. Now She Runs a Company That Makes It.," 25 May 2018 Carlos Camarena, master distiller and owner of Tequila Ocho, sits with daughter Fany in the blue agave fields surrounding the distillery. Mark Seal, WSJ, "The Tequila Gold Rush," 19 June 2018

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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