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Counterfeit Tequila

by Johnny Briefcase @, Sunday, May 13, 2018, 11:33 (11 days ago)

Folks beware. There is money to be made in phoney tequila. The attached articles indicate it is happening on a fairly large scale. They also point out that there are health consequences. Do what you can to make sure you know what you are getting. ....JB

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/200000-liters-of-fake-tequila-seized/

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/chain-of-corruption-behind-fake-tequila/

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Sunday, May 13, 2018, 11:54 (11 days ago) @ Johnny Briefcase

Folks beware. There is money to be made in phoney tequila. The attached articles indicate it is happening on a fairly large scale. They also point out that there are health consequences. Do what you can to make sure you know what you are getting. ....JB

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/200000-liters-of-fake-tequila-seized/

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/chain-of-corruption-behind-fake-tequila/

Know your brands and always specify what you want. Of course with mixed drinks unless you know what tequila is supposed to taste like you're always at risk. This is the same with any drink around the world.

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by Craig AKA the cruise ship guy @, Monday, May 14, 2018, 17:08 (10 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

If there is so much bad booze out there why are we only hearing about 1 or 2 at a time having issues? If there are bad bottles shouldn't we be hearing about groups of people having issues and not just the ones that can't control their drinking? Pretty hard to get repeat business when you kill your clientele.

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by victorio, Monday, May 14, 2018, 21:25 (10 days ago) @ Craig AKA the cruise ship guy
edited by victorio, Monday, May 14, 2018, 21:37

Hola. My guess is that the people that are producing the "fake Tequila" are not targeting the local or long time visitors. They are after the all inclusive seasonal visitors. The people out to just get drunk and not out to enjoy the taste of a good Tequila. The ones that drink margaritas or other drinks that mask the Tequila taste with mixes and sugar. The ones who just want a cheap bottle of Tequila to take home. Just my opinion as a long term "visitor".

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by HolyMole @, Monday, May 14, 2018, 23:25 (10 days ago) @ victorio

"......the people that are producing the "fake Tequila" are.... targeting the.... people out to just get drunk and not...to enjoy...a good Tequila. The ones that drink margaritas.....that mask the Tequila taste with mixes and sugar....who just want a cheap bottle of Tequila to take home....."

You should have ended your post with one of those little "stirring the pot" thingies, but I'll take the bait anyway:
Well excuuuuse me and the tens of millions of others for enjoying our margaritas and hundreds of other mixed drinks. What a load of hooey. And that's just my opinion.
By the way, when I take home a bottle of tequila, it's usually 100 Anos Reposado. It's enjoyable straight, great in a margarita and doesn't require a bank loan to purchase. Undoubtedly swill-like to a connoisseur like yourself, but I like it.
Insert winking Happy Face here.

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by victorio, Monday, May 14, 2018, 23:49 (10 days ago) @ HolyMole
edited by victorio, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 00:23

Hola. Thanks for taking the bait. I was wondering who would be first. Glad you have found a brand you like. I will have to try it. I always bring back mescal. Not sure if the stuff is real or fake.

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by Canadian Rainbirds ⌂ @, Victoria BC and Zihuatanejo, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 00:35 (10 days ago) @ victorio

Hola. Thanks for taking the bait. I was wondering who would be first. Glad you have found a brand you like. I will have to try it. I always bring back mescal. Not sure if the stuff is real or fake.

But it can be gooood. Brought a bottle of mescal home for my neighbour a year ago and he still thinks he owns me favours---tomorrow he is bringing his gas mower over to cut my lawn which is too high and thick for my reel push mower....at least for me to push!

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by JACK @, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 09:43 (9 days ago) @ HolyMole

"100 Anos Reposado".
Translation: "100 rested anuses"

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by HolyMole @, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 12:30 (9 days ago) @ JACK

100 Anos Reposado".
I: "100 rested anuses"

......and NO EXTRA CHARGE, Jack!

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Ñ = ENYE

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 12:57 (9 days ago) @ HolyMole

100 Anos Reposado".
I: "100 rested anuses"

......and NO EXTRA CHARGE, Jack!

Typically when someone typing in Spanish doesn't have access to an Ñ we use NY, so unless you're referring to anuses you would write ANYOS. ;-)

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by OlsenMN, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 08:57 (9 days ago) @ Johnny Briefcase

Folks beware. There is money to be made in phoney tequila. The attached articles indicate it is happening on a fairly large scale. They also point out that there are health consequences. Do what you can to make sure you know what you are getting.

Fake tequila is not necessarily tainted alcohol but an alcoholic beverage like tequila but not made in the appellation " Under Mexican law, in order for a spirit to be labeled as tequila it can only be produced in specific regions of Mexico using only one type of agave, Agave Tequilana Weber Blue Variety Mayahuel, commonly known as the Blue Agave. Originally, the legal growing region was in the state of Jalisco, but over the years the government has extended that to include some counties in the states of Michoacán, Guanajuato, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas.

These areas encompassing 180 municipalities in the five states are the only areas in the world that can produce tequila.'

That being said, do not expect happy hour margaritas to have real tequila.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 10:02 (9 days ago) @ OlsenMN

Folks beware. There is money to be made in phoney tequila. The attached articles indicate it is happening on a fairly large scale. They also point out that there are health consequences. Do what you can to make sure you know what you are getting.

Fake tequila is not necessarily tainted alcohol but an alcoholic beverage like tequila but not made in the appellation " Under Mexican law, in order for a spirit to be labeled as tequila it can only be produced in specific regions of Mexico using only one type of agave, Agave Tequilana Weber Blue Variety Mayahuel, commonly known as the Blue Agave. Originally, the legal growing region was in the state of Jalisco, but over the years the government has extended that to include some counties in the states of Michoacán, Guanajuato, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas.

These areas encompassing 180 municipalities in the five states are the only areas in the world that can produce tequila.'

That being said, do not expect happy hour margaritas to have real tequila.

You are exactly right! Most of wat is called "fake tequila" is NOT like what we call "fake news". It is likely still made from agave, which means technically it still qualifies as a mezcal, and it is unlikely to cause anyone to go blind or become ill except of course from abuse. This will be the cheap stuff in the plastic bottle that alkies, kids and poor folks buy. Just like buying generic soft drinks. After working in Florida restaurants and bars and seeing what cheap crap is often used for house brands, I never order a mixed drink without inquiring what brand of alcohol is used. Even the new bar next to Coconuts called Havana Mojito doesn't even have a bottle of Cuban rum on the premises. When we asked what rum they used they couldn't tell us offhand. I won't be recommending that bar until I see some Havana Club stocked on their shelves. ;-)
:vacation: Saludos.

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by OlsenMN, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 15:51 (9 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Folks beware. There is money to be made in phoney tequila. The attached articles indicate it is happening on a fairly large scale. They also point out that there are health consequences. Do what you can to make sure you know what you are getting.

Fake tequila is not necessarily tainted alcohol but an alcoholic beverage like tequila but not made in the appellation " Under Mexican law, in order for a spirit to be labeled as tequila it can only be produced in specific regions of Mexico using only one type of agave, Agave Tequilana Weber Blue Variety Mayahuel, commonly known as the Blue Agave. Originally, the legal growing region was in the state of Jalisco, but over the years the government has extended that to include some counties in the states of Michoacán, Guanajuato, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas.

These areas encompassing 180 municipalities in the five states are the only areas in the world that can produce tequila.'

That being said, do not expect happy hour margaritas to have real tequila.


You are exactly right! Most of wat is called "fake tequila" is NOT like what we call "fake news". It is likely still made from agave, which means technically it still qualifies as a mezcal, and it is unlikely to cause anyone to go blind or become ill except of course from abuse. This will be the cheap stuff in the plastic bottle that alkies, kids and poor folks buy.


I have, unfortunately, seen several bars pouring those bottles into empty brand name bottles, or, maybe worse, pouring Oso Negro into higher end, drinkable without a hangover, bottles. You get what you pay for.

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by cd69 @, Winnipeg,MB,Canada, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 00:29 (9 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

The links shown on the OP are talking about two different issues, one making fake tequila that can be potentially harmful to your health and the other link is a misuse of the tequila appellation, which is a situation that is common with many brands of alcohol and what is a big issue in France with Champagne that technically is only from the Champagne area and anything out of that area is a bubbly of some sort. Very different issues with one being a serious health hazard which has been an issue for years, especially in the all-inclusive hotels in areas popular with the spring breakers. It is not a new issue but compared to 20-30 years ago, in these days of social media, we get the news much faster and are made more aware. The other issue is more an economic issue.

I bartended in some pretty high end places and frankly using higher end alcohol in most blended cocktails is a waste of money. Having said that, it does depend too on what cocktail we are talking about and which mix we are using. And if using fresh mix as in fresh fruit juices versus bar mixes commonly used in North America will make a big difference too in how it all taste. As for tequila, if you are drinking it alone, you often get what you pay for, especially when not sold in a fancy bottle. Then again, a brand called Carmesi is an awesome product that was sold at about $20 3 years ago in Zihua and ranked in the top 10% in tequila tastings for a few years. The problem is it is very hard to get in Zihua for the last 2 years but that tequila has won in blind tasting competitions tequilas selling for over $60-80 US. If you are making cocktails, a true tequila selling around 200-300 pesos can do just fine, especially if making a margarita or tequila sunrise. Using a high end tequila for such drinks is a waste of money, in the same line as using a high end rum in a rum and coke as the coke acidity/ph will make the flavours pretty much the same for any rums of the same line, ie white/amber/dark or spiced...

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by Mexalberta @, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 08:44 (8 days ago) @ cd69

A friend brought me a couple of bottles from Aguascalientes. He said Carmesi was his favorite. I had one bottle left when our son in laws parents visited from Mexico City. I brought out the Carmesi and sipped. He laughed and went to his suitcase and presented me with another bottle. In the years since I have never found it anywhere.

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Carmesi-here's one source

by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 09:51 (8 days ago) @ Mexalberta

Carmesi-online $40.00

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-Tim McNair-
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Carmesi-here's one source

by cd69 @, Winnipeg,MB,Canada, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 23:35 (8 days ago) @ Timmac

That is the one but not worth it for me as I am in Canada so ordering costs would be prohibitive once you had shipping and custom/duty fees...In Zihua, it is possible to get it if you can have a store order it for you but you need to buy it by the case(6 bottles). Of all places, Merza was the last place in town to carry it but they quickly ran out of it and never seen it since. It can be ordered online from the producer if you get it shipped locally...

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That is why !

by Ernesto ⌂ @, Troncones, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 09:33 (9 days ago) @ Johnny Briefcase

I drink Jack Daniels Old # 7 ,can't fake that in a 100 years