The Australian “tequila” that seeks to compete with the traditional Mexican drink

  • Ann Deslandes y Lillian Perlmutter
  • Business reporters, BBC

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image source, Black Snake Distillery


Bottles of the “Australian agave liqueur” trying to win over tequila fans around the world.

Thousands of large, spiky, cactus-like plants protrude from the sun-scorched earth, watched over by greenish-brown hills.

When they reach maturity, within six to eight years, this crop, known as agave, will be harvested.

The hearts of the plants will be cooked, fermented, and then distilled to make Mexico’s favorite kind of liquor.

But do not use the word tequila, this crop is located 14,000 km away from Mexico, in Australia.



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