Boca Raton, FL, May 17, 2006 --(PR.com
)-- Aside from the usual, where can I find “Voodoo Tiki?” Questions about worms, cactus and the like have been jamming their emails.
“We are happy to report that we had to add servers to our site due to the high volume traffic we've recently experienced. Consumers are genuinely interested in our brand and have a lot of questions about tequila in general. We’ve decided to create a place on our site called “Tequila University” where one can go, learn about tequila and even earn a degree!” explains Voodoo Tiki creator, John Taddeo.
Test your Tequila IQ by answering True or False to each of the following:
1. You can usually find a worm in the bottom of some Mexican-bottled tequilas, that some say acts like an aphrodisiac and a hallucinogenic.
2. All mezcals are tequilas.
3. Tequila actually comes from a plant known as a cactus.
4. Tequila is bottled homebrew.
5. Most tequilas are the same but gold tequila is the best.
Ready for the answers?
1. FALSE: There is no worm in Mexican-bottled tequila. Some American-bottled brands (mezcals) put one in their bottle as a marketing gimmick and is not a traditional element in mezcal production. The myth of the worm causing hallucinations came from the incorrect assumption that mezcal meant “mescaline” and it applied its properties to tequila. So, as far as hallucinations go if you drank the entire bottle to get to the worm, the only hallucination you may get are those associated with being drunk.
2. FALSE: Tequila and Mezcal are Not the same. Technically, tequila is a type of mezcal, but mezcals are not tequilas. They both derive from varieties of the agave plant, but true tequila is only made from the blue agave. Tequila is double distilled, while mezcal is often only distilled once. Mezcal piñas are baked in a conical, rock-lined pit oven (palenque) over charcoal, and covered with layers of palm-fiber mats and earth, giving mezcal a strong, smoky flavor. Tequila piñas are baked or steamed in above-ground ovens or autoclaves.
3. FALSE: Contrary to popular belief, the agave is from the family succulent. It is not a cactus, although cacti play a popular role in the landscape of Mexico, and are also used in many delicious Mexican delicacies, there is no "Cactus Juice" in Tequila. Tequila is made from distilled sap from the piñas of the blue agave plant.
4. FALSE: Tequila manufacture is tightly controlled by the Mexican government and the Tequila Regulatory Council. The Chamber of Tequila Producers also regulates the industry. Tequila is not moonshine. It is carefully distilled and aged, with each company having its own system, process and quality control. Most manufacturers take considerable pride in their production.
5. FALSE: All tequilas are NOT the same. The temperature, soil, types of equipment, age of the plants and the means by which the plants are baked and aged all affect the flavor and body of the tequila. Production techniques also affect the taste. Generally traditional methods produce much stronger agave flavor than modern, mass production. Aging in barrels also affects the taste, the woody flavor imparted by the oak can overpower the natural agave. Some people may prefer the rougher edge of the young blanco tequilas with their more distinct agave flavour, while others like the sharper, almost peppery flavour of a reposado or the woody flavor of an anejo.
Gold tequila is often nothing more than blanco made to look golden via caramel coloring, which is often the culprit to those severe hangovers.
If you would like to learn more about tequila, go to www.VoodooTiki.com click on Tequila University and you can earn your degree in just one online session!
About Voodoo Tiki
Based in Boca Raton, Florida, Voodoo Tiki offers a full range of high-concept, high-quality tequila blends each made from 100% Blue Agave plants aged anywhere from 8-12 years, and bottled in Mexico as set forth by Mexican Law. The Tequila Factory is located in Anrandas, Mexico, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico and the Corporate headquarters are in Boca Raton, Florida. Voodoo Tiki offers tequilas that suit every need and taste, from the occasional tequila drinker to hard-core traditionalists and connoisseurs. First to offer ten flavor-infused tequilas including Prickly Pear, Lime and Blue Kiwi. The company can be reached via toll-free telephone at 1-VoodooTiki (866-366-8454), via email at VoodooTikiPR@aol.com or through its Web site at www.voodootiki.com