Tequila is a spirit produced from the blue agave plant. Unlike other major spirit categories, tequila can only be made in five states in Mexico; Jalisco, Michoacan, Nayarit, Guanajuato, and Tamaulipas. It can be aged in oak barrels or bottled straight from the still, allowing for a wide variety of styles and flavor profiles. Tequila is most often blended with other tequila distillate creating a 100% agave product or mixed with grain spirit resulting in what is called a “mixto.” In 1893, Tequila was introduced to the United States during the Chicago World’s Fair. As of today, the U.S has become one of tequila’s largest consumers, taking in almost 80% of its export. Origin: Believed to have originated around the town of Tequila, in the State of Jalisco in the 16th century. The highly fermentable sugars from the agave plant were fermented into a low alcohol juice called pulque before Spanish settlers distilled it into a spirit.