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8 extraordinary Agave names to remember!

agave names to remember

The Agave plant has been cultivated for thousands of years in Mexico and other countries around the world. The different species of Agave plants used for spirit production all have distinct flavors and characteristics.

We are going to explore the different Agave names used for making Agave spirits and the unique qualities they bring to the final product.

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But first, let’s talk about the Agave plant!

There are over 200 species of Agave, each with its own distinct flavor profile. The taste of Agave-based spirits depends on several factors, including the species of Agave used, where it is grown, and the method of distillation. 

The Karoo region of South Africa is a prime location for growing the Agave Americana species due to its unique terroir. The arid climate and well-draining soil create ideal conditions for the Agave plant to grow, resulting in a flavor profile that is distinct from Agave grown in other regions.

The Karoo terroir provides the Agave Americana with a balance of sweetness and earthiness, creating a complex and rich flavor that is unique to the region.

La Tierra makes use of the beautiful Agave Americana to produce our proudly South African Agave range, but what are the names of all the other Agave species used for spirit production?

Top 5 Agave names to remember:

      • Blue Weber Agave: The Blue Weber Agave takes about 8–12 years to mature and has a sweet and fruity flavor. Tequila made from this Agave is smooth and has a unique flavor that is easy to drink. Blue Weber Agave

      • Espadín Agave: The Espadín Agave is the most commonly used Agave species in Mezcal production. It is a wild Agave plant that grows in Oaxaca, Mexico and takes about 8–12 years to mature. It has a smoky, earthy flavor, which is a result of the Agave being cooked in an underground pit ovens.Blue Weber Agave

      • Tobalá Agave: The Tobalá Agave is a rare and small Agave species that grows wild in the highlands of Oaxaca, Mexico. The Tobalá Agave takes about 10–15 years to mature and has a complex flavor profile with floral and fruity notes with hints of citrus and herbs.Tobala agave

      • Tepextate Agave: The Tepextate Agave is a wild Agave species that grows in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. It takes about 25–30 years to mature has a strong, earthy flavor with hints of smoke and spice.Maguey Agave

      • Salmiana Agave: The Salmiana Agave is a wild Agave species that grows in the highlands of Mexico. It takes about 8–12 years to mature and has a sweet and slightly bitter plate. It displays a mild smoky nose with hints of herbs and spices.  Blue Weber Agave

    We now know about the different Agave names, but what about the spirits they produce?

    When it comes to Agave spirits, most people are familiar with the two most popular varieties: Tequila and Mezcal.

    You have learned all about La Tierra Agave and what goes into the production of our spirit. However, there are more unique Agave-based spirits out there that are just waiting to be discovered!

    We now know the Agave names used to produce Tequila, Mezcal, and La Tierra, but have you heard about these lesser known Agave spirits?

    The Lesser known spirits and their Agave names:

        • Raicilla: Raicilla is a traditional Mexican spirit that is similar to Mezcal and is produced in the Jalisco region of Mexico. The Agave names used for making Raicilla is the Maximiliana, Rhodacantha, and Inaequidens. These Agave are typically harvested from the wild. Raicilla has a strong, smoky flavor that is more intense than that of Mezcal. It also has notes of citrus and spice, and some varieties have a slightly sweet finish. Raicilla

        • Sotol: Sotol is a spirit made from the Dasylirion plant, which is not technically an Agave but is a member of the same family. Sotol has a smooth and earthy flavor, with notes of smoke and a slightly sweet finish. It is often compared to Tequila, but it has a distinct flavor that sets it apart. sotol

        • Churique: Churique is a spirit made from the Dasylirion wheeleri plant, which is also not technically an Agave but is closely related. Churique has a rich, nutty flavor with notes of caramel and vanilla. It is aged in oak barrels, which gives it a smooth finish. Churique is a rare and unique spirit that is not widely available outside of Mexico.Churique

      If you are a fan of La Tierras Karoo Agave, great quality Tequila or unique tasting Mezcals, then we recommend you give these lesser-known spirits a try and expand your horizons when it comes to Agave-based beverages.

      The more Agave names you can remember, the closer you are to becoming an Agave spirit connoisseur! Hopefully La Tierra is always on you list of favourite Agave spirts!

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