What Is Tequila?
Two things make tequila, tequila. First, where it’s made. And, secondly, what it’s made from. Only products made in the Mexican state of Jalisco and in small areas of four other states – Nayarit, Guanajuato, Michoacan and Tamaulipas – can be legally called tequila. And only the product distilled from Blue Weber Agave can use the name “tequila.”
It’s kind of like champagne. Only sparkling wines made in France’s Champagne region, and made with the “methode champagnois,” can legally be called champagne in the EU. So tequila is defined by where it’s from and what goes in it. But not all tequilas are the same.