So, what is the significance of the worm in mezcal? It wasn’t until the 1950s that larvae began appearing in mezcal bottles, when a mezcal manufacturer discovered a moth larva in a batch of his whiskey and decided that having the stowaway in his bottle increased the flavor of the booze. As part of his marketing approach, he began including ″worms″ in all of his bottles.
Another important fact to remember about the worm in the tequila bottle is that it contributes to the alteration of the liquor’s chemistry. This is due to the fact that the worm has a high concentration of unsaturated alcohols as well as other chemicals. The cis-3-Hexen-1-ol is one of the unsaturated alcohols that may be found.
What is the significance of the worm in Tequila?
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- The Worm. When a worm is found in a bottle of mezcal, the mezcal is referred to as con gusano, which translates as ‘with worm’ in Spanish.
- The Worm’s illustrious past. As reported on the Straight Dope website, mezcal producer Jacobo Lozano Paez discovered a moth larvae in a batch of mezcal in 1950, and assumed the existence of the larvae was due to the presence of the poisonous worm.
Is there really a worm in a bottle of tequila?
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What brand of Tequila has the worm in it?
There have never been any tequila brands that had a creature at the bottom of the bottle. It’s a common misunderstanding. Mezcal is the name given to the Mexican alcohol that does contain a worm in the bottle. The flavors of both tequila and mezcal are quite close to one another, so it’s easy to understand how the mistake may be made—but tequila does not contain any worms.