Take a Tequila Tour! Tequila is not only a tasty and potent Mexican libation. It's also a place you'll love to visit. Here, BT Contributing Editor Darley Newman takes you behind the scenes where tequila is made. Budget Travel Thursday, Apr 30, 2015, 12:00 PM In addition to being a potent and complex drink, Tequila is also a town in Mexico, and a lovely place to visit in its own right. (Darley Newman) Budget Travel LLC, 2016
 

A TASTE OF MEXICO

Take a Tequila Tour!

Tequila is not only a tasty and potent Mexican libation. It's also a place you'll love to visit. Here, BT Contributing Editor Darley Newman takes you behind the scenes where tequila is made.

  • Church, Tequila, Mexico
  • The Jose Cuervo Express, Tequila Mexico
  • Agave fields from the Jose Cuervo Express
  • Agave fields from the Jose Cuervo Express
  • Views of the agave fields from the Jose Cuervo Express
  • Blue agave, Tequila Mexico
  • Blue agave preparation, Tequila Mexico
  • Darley Newman and master “jimador”
  • blue agave preparation Tequila, Mexico
  • Pinas getting ready for processing at La Rojeña
  • Pinas getting ready for processing at La Rojeña
  • saddle collection at the old hacienda
  • Souvenir shot glass
  • Barrel in the Reserva de la Familia Cellar at La Rojeña in Tequila

In addition to being a potent and complex drink, Tequila is also a town in Mexico, and a lovely place to visit in its own right.

(Darley Newman)

All aboard the Jose Cuervo Express! This is a fun way to see the area stops in the town of Tequila.

(Darley Newman)

Views of the agave fields where tequila's main ingredient is grown, as seen from the Jose Cuervo Express train.

(Darley Newman)

A ride on the Cuervo Express (we mean the train!) is relaxing and offers lovely views.

(Darley Newman)

We like to mix our tequila with some tasty scenery, and the region certainly obliges.

(Darley Newman)

The jimador during the cutting and preparing of the blue agave to be sent to the distillery.

(Darley Newman)

The prepping of blue agave for tequila is labor-intensive.

(Darley Newman)

Budget Travel Contributing Editor Darley Newman with the master jimador, who learned the craft from his parents.

(Darley Newman)

Observing the arduous process of preparing blue agave is a learning experience for those who only know the delicious fruits of this labor.

(Darley Newman)

Piñas getting ready for processing at La Rojeña.

(Darley Newman)

The process by which piñas are prepared is another attraction foodies should not miss.

(Darley Newman)

The saddle collection at the old hacienda provides a window into another way of life.

(Darley Newman)

The setup for Darley's at-home tequila tasting, with souvenir shot glass included!

(Darley Newman)

Signed barrel in the Reserva de la Familia Cellar at La Rojeña in Tequila.

(Darley Newman)
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