Are Tequila Worms still alive and well? That tiny worm that you found in your tequila bottle isn’t alive at all. If it weren’t for the fact that he was drowning in drink, the tiny worm would have transformed into a gorgeous butterfly (or moth, to be more accurate), as it isn’t really a worm at all. It’s the larvae of a moth, to be precise.
What is the worm in the bottom of a tequila bottle?
- Because it is only discovered dead at the bottom of a mezcal bottle, it is officially a mezcal worm rather than a tequila worm, according to the scientific community.
- To make matters even more complicated, tequila is a sort of mezcal that is distinct from the others.
- Mezcal can be any sort of agave liquor, including tequila.
So, let us return to the drowning worm.The worm in question is a moth larva known as gusano de maguey.
Why is there a worm in the bottle of mezcal?
- Some believe that the worm in the bottle was first used as a marketing technique in the 1940s and 1950s to encourage consumers to drink more mezcal.
- As the story goes, it was a former art student turned mezcal entrepreneur by the name of Jacobo Lozano Paez who came up with the idea to actually put gusano into the bottle of completed mezcal after finding that adding gusano affected the flavor of the spirit.