The legend of tequila’s creation / La leyenda de la creacion del tequila

According to an old tale, during Mexico’s pre-hispanic times, tequila was discovered when a bolt of lightning struck an agave field. The bolt tore into the heart of one of the plants and the heat of the lightning bolt was so hot that it burned the heart of the agave plant for several seconds, causing the plant to become not only cooked, but also naturally fermented. The shocked natives noticed an aromatic nectar coming out of the plant. With a certain amount of fear, but also with reverence, they drank the nectar which they deemed to be a miraculous gift from their gods. It was as if the lightning’s fire had turned into a new and mysterious drink which they named “vino mezcal”, the mezcal wine.1

1. Kretchmer, Laurence “Guide to tequila” Black dog & Leventhal publishers. 1998, page 11.

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Según una vieja leyenda, durante la epoca pre-hispánica de México, el tequila fue descubierto cuando un rayo cayó en un campo de agaves. El trueno que rompía el corazón de una de las plantas y el calor del rayo era tan caliente que quemo el corazón de la planta del agave durante varios segundos, haciendo que la planta no sólo se cocinara, sino también fermento de forma natural. Los indigenas sorprendidos, notando un néctar aromático que sale de la planta del agave, y con una cierta dosis de temor, pero también con reverencia, bebían el néctar que se considera un milagroso regalo de sus dioses. Era como si el fuego del rayo se había convertido en una bebida nueva y misteriosa a la que llamaron “vino mezcal”.1

1. Kretchmer, Laurence “Guide to tequila” Black dog & Leventhal publishers. 1998, page 11.

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