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Fun Facts to Celebrate National Tequila Day!

Tequila is soaring in popularity in the US according to the Distilled Spirits Council. This Mexican spirit isn’t just a fading trend. In fact, “super-premium” tequila sales have spiked 1,522% since 2003.

We’re as excited as you are to celebrate!

So, crack open a bottle of NÖEL Tequila offered in two unique expressions and learn some fun facts about this beloved agave spirit while sipping.

1. Tequila has an appellation of origin

Tequila is a typical Mexican spirit, and it’s protected by law. There’s even a well-established Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT) that was founded in 1994. Producers must follow strict rules according to Tequila’s appellation of origin declared by the Mexican government in 1974. Much like champagne and cognac, it’s a protected brand.

2. When life gives you agave, make tequila

Tequila is an exciting spirit. Unlike vodka or whiskey, it’s not made with grains, or fruit, like brandy. Tequila is made with agave, cactus-like plants that thrive in arid climates and take years to mature. Agave plants accumulate large amounts of sugar, and producers can ferment and distill that sugar into alcohol. All tequila is made with blue agave or Agave tequilana, and it’s actually blue!

3. Tequila is a place

Tequila is named after a town in Jalisco, in Central Mexico, and, yes, a lot of tequila comes from the town of Tequila. However, due to the spirit’s popularity, producers can now make tequila in different states, and some are nowhere near the town of Tequila.

4. Is tequila made from pineapples?

To make tequila, producers harvest the spiny blue agaves by chopping off their thorny leaves. What’s left looks like a pineapple, and people actually call the agave heart a pineapple. However, it is not an actual pineapple, obviously. So, now you know why people mention pineapples when discussing tequila.

5. Can I find authentic tequila in Louisiana?

Thankfully, yes! Did you know that NOËL Family Distillery is the only distillery in Louisiana to offer authentic 100% Blue Weber Agave Tequila? That’s right! It was a painstakingly long process but well worth the wait. We’re so excited to bring it to you!

Order online to have these affordable yet luxurious spirits delivered straight to your door. Our unique blends are perfect for sending as gifts too!

  • Tequila Blanco – a slightly sweet, balanced, and versatile blend featuring notable hints of pineapple, vanilla, pepper, and cooked agave. Flavorful and bold, this luxury tequila is perfect for sipping or mixing in your favorite cocktail.
  • Tequila Reposado – a luxurious and intriguing sipper featuring notes of oak, caramel, almond, and baked agave straight from the oven, this blend is slightly aged in former Jack Daniel’s oak barrels for an absolutely delicious finish.


6. Shoot it or sip it?

Most people pour themselves and their guests shots, and that’s fun. However, tequila is rarely meant to be shot; it’s much nicer when sipped! NOËL Tequila is incredibly complex; whether it brings forward the unique flavor of cooked agave or imparts hints of pineapple and pepper, you’ll want to savor every drop, so take it easy!

7. All tequila is not created equal

Tequila comes in several styles, and producers must follow strict rules to make each. For starters, you should only purchase 100% blue agave tequila such as NOËL Tequila. It’s the real deal and definitely not the same as the terrible tequila you had in college. 

We fell in love with authentic tequila and knew we had to have it as an offering alongside our other Louisiana spirits in our Donaldsonville distillery. It’s a superior sipping experience. If you have space for one tequila in your life–this is it!

8. Our favorite tequila cocktails

Our tequila is a lovely sipper all on its own, but we also enjoy mixing it into some delicious cocktails. Raise your glasses with us for National Tequila Day! Here are some of our favorite recipes. Cheers! 

Margarita is the most famous tequila cocktail. Mixing tequila with Coca-Cola is common in Mexico, and so is combining it with grapefruit soda and a splash of lime juice in a salt-crusted highball; that’s a Paloma, and it’s delicious.

Happy National Tequila Day!

Not that you know a bit more about tequila and its popularity, make a bowl of guacamole and pour yourself some NOËL Tequila. Invite some friends over and celebrate this exciting spirit. Salud!