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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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 Sunshine pours down on the rows of blue agave that can make Jalisco’s countrysides look more like lakes than farms. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "Four New Ways to Drink Your Tequila This Spring," 23 May 2018 That's because any spirit distilled from the agave plant are considered mezcal, but tequila can come from the blue agave variation. Micaela English, Town & Country, "12 Things Every Tequila Aficionado Needs to Know," 24 July 2017 And the buzz around the liquor, made the blue agave plant, doesn’t appear to be slowing. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Tequila Is Becoming More Than Just a Special Cinco de Mayo Drink," 4 May 2018 Over just a few generations, the blue agave gene pool has become dangerously inbred, Cuellar warns, and such a monoculture is easy prey for a disease that could devastate the industry. Max Falkowitz, GQ, "How to Buy Better Tequila That Won’t Give You Bad College Flashbacks," 3 May 2018 While tequila is made from just blue agave, mezcal is a combination of various agave plants (most commonly espadin). Kristin Tice Studeman, Vogue, "Yana Volfson of Cosme and Atla Shares the Mezcal Cocktail She’ll Be Making This Cinco de Mayo," 1 May 2018

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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