Not Aloe but Agave
Earlier, a local media published the news “Liu Xiaobo has proved cancer” as “Funny news”. It was really a shame. In Mainland we are never lack of funny news!
For example, a mainland anchor performed how she ate “aloe” in front of the people during the live broadcast. Soon she felt discomfort and was then sent to hospital. It was found what she ate was not aloe but agave!
In fact, agave does look like aloe and even cactus, but we all know the renowned spirits called tequila is actually made of the juice inside the ‘Pine’ of an agave.
As early as AD 300, the local Indian civilization has been using agave to make wine called Pulque. In the 16th century, the Spaniards came and introduced the distillation technology, which led to the born of distilled spirits Mezcal. What being known as Tequila is actually one kind of Mezcal, whose raw material is confined to “blue agave” out of other 135 spices of agave. Produced in a specific area.
So tequila is more premium and popular than Mezcal? Right now it still is, but Mezcal is coming up! Why? As it has much less restrictions on raw material, there are much more possibilities for the producers to explore. Tobaziche and Tepeztate Mezcal are some of the successful examples.