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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Whereas tequila is the result of distilling the steamed heart of blue agave plants, mezcal requires more time to harvest, prep, and cook. Popular Mechanics, "Burros, Stones, and Machetes: Here’s How Mezcal Is Distilled," 23 Aug. 2019 Agave tequilana weber, or blue agave, take between 8 and 12 years to harvest and can grow as much as 7 feet tall. 4. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "12 Things Every Tequila Aficionado Needs to Know," 7 June 2019 Tequila is made from the blue agave plant, which is found near the city of Tequila, Mexico. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "National Tequila Day deals are pouring Wednesday. Where to get discounted margaritas," 23 July 2019 There is also a complimentary Starbucks-style coffee and tea bar; sweeteners include caramel syrup and organic blue agave honey. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "‘The Town Hall of Hollywood.’ Welcome to the Netflix Lobby.," 14 July 2019 Eduardo Quiroga, Sommelier at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya, says for the authentic tequila experience go to the liquor's namesake: the foot of Tequila Volcano, which is surrounded by blue agave plants called Tequilana Weber. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "Where to Find the Best Tequila in Mexico," 11 June 2019 Her tequila originates in the Mexican state of Jalisco, where the climate is perfect for growing the blue agave from which fine tequila is made. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local tequila entrepreneur appeals to Tanya Tucker’s wild side," 6 June 2019 Tequila, however, must be made from blue agave, which has a long grow time (at least seven years) and must be aged; vodka doesn’t require aging time. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Elon Musk’s Teslaquila is actually a good idea," 19 Oct. 2018 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

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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