May 3rd 2010 2:53AM I found the following informative.....
Here are some facts and clarifications regarding Tequila and Mezcal- producers
1) Mezcal is the oldest distilled spirit in North America. The Spaniards brought the distilling techniques (they learned from the Moors) when they conquered Mexico and started using local ingredients to make liquor, agave having an extremely high sugar content was perfect. Before the Spaniards, the locals made a low alcohol (3% or so) beverage from agave.
2) Mezcal and Tequila both have their own Domination of Origin status and protection
3) Mezcal came under certification by the Mexican government div. Comercom, in 2005. All Mezcal produced must now be 100% agave. Tequila dues not require 100% agave and as stated in some notes below, yes, they can cut it 49/51 % with other alcohol.
4) The AGAVE plant is a member of the Lily family- it is not a cactus. There are more than 400 varieties of agave woldwide.
5) Mezcal can legally be made from up to 28 recognized varieties of agave, including the Blue agave as long as it is grown in the proper region.
6) Mezcal can legally be produced in 7 states in Southern Mexico- the main one being Oaxaca.
7) Tequila was first produced in 1795 (approx) when Jose Cuervo applied to the Spanish govenment for a permit to make "Mezcal de Tequila".
8) Tequila can legally be produced in 6-7 states in Northen Mexico, main state being Jalisco
9) All MEZCAL must be bottled in Mexico
10) 85% of Tequila is shipped out of Mexico in bulk containers and then mixed and bottled with cheaper alcohols.
(the 100% agave tequilas are usually bottled in Mexico)
11) Tequila does NOT contain a worm, is only in Mezcal
12) The worm in Mezcal is a flavoring- not an aphrodisiac or anything of the sort. In Oaxaca, they use the agave worms in specialty foods (tacos) and also Sal de Gusano = Worm Salt. Note- we import the worm salt also, and use for rimming salts.
If you try a silver worm mezcal next to a no -worm mezcal, you can taste the difference.
13) Mezcals come in same agings as tequila.
Silver or Joven = freshly distilled and clear color
Reposado, rested in oak from 2-11 mos.
Anejo = aged 1 year or longer in oak.
Our top of the line Mezcal is aged 7 years and is triple distilled, it is more similar to a cognac than a tequila
14) Mezcal is smokier tasting than Tequila. Mezcal is produced in small batches, roasting the agave in an earth oven. So- the silver is even a bit smokey. Tequila is typically made in large industrial batches, and is steamed, not roasted so you don't get the smokey flavor assocatied with mezcal.
15) No chemicals are used in the production of Mezcal, natural yeast from the air is used to ferment and takes about 2 weeks. Most industrial batches of Tequila use chemicals to quicken the fermentation.
16) All certified Mezcal has a little green leaf symbol on the label and each producer has their NOM listed on each bottle.
Did I miss anything?
Jan 7th 2008 6:22PM The real question is, how much photoshoping did they subject "the next one" to. See http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2007/05/22/andy-roddick-mens-fitness-pumped-me-up/
The best one was a cover I saw at Sports Clips a couple of years ago with Modano... here you go, http://www.oceanbrook.com/modano.html
Dec 17th 2007 4:47PM I'm not sure where you're getting this self proclaimed best fans in the NHL crap. There's no doubt that the Avalanche organization had great pride in the sell out streak. There's little doubt that Avalanche fans are spoiled. However, let's clear some items up. First, Chambers is grasping for straws to fill a column. Next, the Avalanche sold out 487 games. That is not the equivalent of six seasons Jes. That is from 95/96 season to 06/07 which minus the lockout year is TEN years! They play 41 home games a year, not 82 which is how I assume you came up with your six year comment. The sell outs include playoff games. It's a record because it's a hell of a feat and the "unspoiled" haven't done it.
You can marganalize the Avalanche and their fans all you like and I understand why some people have been waiting nearly 12 years to do it. However, the Avalanche fan base is going no where. While you're so quick to scoff at Avalanche fans as fickle front runners let's consider some realities. Ticket prices are just out of control in the NHL. The previously sorry Nuggets and Rockies all of a sudden have pull in the market and corporate ticket sales are sieving to these two draws. Even with the end of the sell out streak, the Avs filled Pepsi Center to 97.8%. Sure it's no 74.5% of real fans like those in New Jersey but we do what we can. Last, it's not so much a matter of what star power is still with the Avalanche but it is true that the Avs lost some of the greatest bulk of big name talent because of the lockout or retirements. We lost Blake, Roy, Foote, and Forsberg. In related moves we've lost Tangauy as well. It was a lot easier to throw down money to see those guys no matter where they were in the standings. For hard core fans like myself, it doesn't matter. In a Canadian city or Minnasota? No problem, those areas are hockey mad and have the best hockey fans hands down. However, this post just reeks of snobbery of the worst sort. This is something Avalanche fans have heard since 1995. Do you have any idea how pretencious it sounds for a Red Wing fan to spout of "hockeytown", "10 Stanley Cups" and "Original Six"? Look, I'm seen the verbal scrums over empty arenas in Detroit for 20 years between fans, it leads to nowhere.
Hockey has been a loved sport in this city well before the Avalanche came to play. Hockey has a rich history and avid following in the Denver market. Now, with the success of the Avalanche there's really no end in sight. Youth hockey is out of control, ice time is almost impossible to find. Kids that were six years old when the Avs began their run are now 18 and have a "lifetime" of memories being Avalanche fans. They have memories of watching hockey with their old man, playing as Forsberg in the driveway with their buddies and are for lack of a better term, indoctrinated in to the fantastic tradition of growing up as a fan.
Avalanche fans are going no where, 91.3% home capacity this year or not.
Oct 16th 2007 11:34AM "Isn't it time to stop the Bertuzzi bashing?"
Now Steve Moore and Tod Bertuzzi have something in common, debilitating concussions. Of course one is still making millions of dollars and the other had collects unemployment.