The Phoenix Tequila Festran from 11th – 12th December 2010 and saw hundreds of exhibitors and drinker convene for a fun filled day of tequila tasting and Mexican music. Major brands such as Mejor, El Caudillo, Camerena, Cazadores, Tres Agaves, Cruz and Corazón were all present.
Tequila is a protected name and the alcoholic spirit can only be so called if it is produced in certain parts of Jalisco, Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas in Mexico.
The drink is made from the heart of the Blue Agave plant – a spiny plant which grows a giant stem when left in the wild. Commercial production delays flowering to make the heart grow larger – sometimes up to 90kg. This pineapple-like fruit is then pressed for its musto and distilled into liquor.
Photos courtesy Brad Reed Photography.
In This Story: Mexico
Mexico became an independent nation state after the successful Mexican War of Independence against Spain in 1821.
Mexico is a developing country, but has the world’s 15th-largest economy by nominal GDP and the 11th-largest by PPP, with the United States being its largest economic partner. Since 2006, a conflict between the government and drug trafficking syndicates has led to over 120,000 deaths.
Mexico receives a significant number of tourists every year; in 2018, it was the 6th most-visited country in the world, with 39 million international arrivals.