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Tequila, agave


Tequila is a strong distilled alcoholic beverage made primarily in the area surrounding Tequila, a town in the western Mexican state of Jalisco. It is made from the agave plant - a succulent, similar to the lily, which is native to Mexico. Tequila is produced by removing the heart of the plant, Agave tequilana in its twelfth year. This heart is heated to remove the sap, which is fermented and distilled. High-quality tequila is made with 100 percent Agave, while mixed tequila is made by adding up to 49 percent sugar prior to fermentation. This so-called mixed-tequila is usually shipped as fraud and sold as "100 % Agave". Using ion and gas chromatography, scientists have now found a way to detect these frauds. They found that the pure Agave tended to have significantly higher levels of certain chemicals, including methanol, 2-methyl-1-butanol, and 2-phenylethanol, allowing them to be chemically distinguished as real, high-quality tequila. In addition to these new tests, a screening test using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) may be used to identify fake tequilas from the real thing, this is also known as molecular fingerprinting, and takes only two minutes. These new findings will certainly help in catering genuine 100% blue agave drink tequila. So now you can cherish your caballito of genuine tequila enjoy!
Published: 2006-05-19
Author: Sumi Mukhopadhyay

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Dr. Sumi Mukhopadhyay, is a Ph.D in Science and has worked as a lecturer in the postgraduate department of Botany in a college in Kolkata, INDIA. She is a national scholar, and at present is actively involved in research ventures especially in the field of Biotechnology. she received foreign travel grant award from Govt of India, to attend and present research work at the Worldleish 3 congress, Italy 2005.She also trained herself in the field of proteomics in, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 2005.Till date, she has almost thirty publication and presentations with many prestigious awards.

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