Tequila vs. Rum

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Main Difference

The main difference between Tequila and Rum is that the Tequila is a alcoholic beverage from Mexico and Rum is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane

  • Tequila

    Tequila (Spanish pronunciation: [teˈkila] (listen)) is a regional distilled beverage and type of alcoholic drink made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, 65 km (40 mi) northwest of Guadalajara, and in the Jaliscan Highlands (Los Altos de Jalisco) of the central western Mexican state of Jalisco. Aside from differences in region of origin, tequila is a type of mezcal (and the regions of production of the two drinks are overlapping). The distinction is that tequila must use only blue agave plants rather than any type of agave. Tequila is commonly served neat in Mexico and as a shot with salt and lime across the rest of the world.

    The red volcanic soil in the region around the city of Tequila is particularly well suited to the growing of the blue agave, and more than 300 million of the plants are harvested there each year. Agave grows differently depending on the region. Blue agaves grown in the highlands Los Altos region are larger in size and sweeter in aroma and taste. Agaves harvested in the lowlands, on the other hand, have a more herbaceous fragrance and flavor.Mexican laws state that tequila can only be produced in the state of Jalisco and limited municipalities in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas. Tequila is recognized as a Mexican designation of origin product in more than 40 countries. It is protected through NAFTA in Canada and the United States, through bilateral agreements with individual countries such as Japan and Israel, and has been a protected designation of origin product in the constituent countries of the European Union since 1997.Tequila can be produced between 35 and 55% alcohol content (70 and 110 U.S. proof). Per U.S. law, tequila must contain at least 40% alcohol (80 U.S. proof) to be sold in the United States.

  • Rum

    Rum is a distilled alcoholic drink made by fermenting then distilling sugarcane molasses or sugarcane juice. The distillate, a clear liquid, is usually aged in oak barrels. Most rums are produced in Caribbean and American countries, but also in other sugar producing countries, such as the Philippines and India.Rums are produced in various grades. Light rums are commonly used in cocktails, whereas “golden” and “dark” rums were typically consumed straight or neat, iced (“on the rocks”), or used for cooking, but are now commonly consumed with mixers. Premium rums are made to be consumed either straight or iced.

    Rum plays a part in the culture of most islands of the West Indies as well as The Maritime Provinces and Newfoundland, in Canada. The beverage has famous associations with the Royal Navy (where it was mixed with water or beer to make grog) and piracy (where it was consumed as bumbo). Rum has also served as a popular medium of economic exchange, used to help fund enterprises such as slavery (see Triangular trade), organized crime, and military insurgencies (e.g., the American Revolution and Australia’s Rum Rebellion).

  • Tequila (noun)

    An alcoholic liquor distilled from the fermented juice of the Central American century plant Agave tequilana

  • Rum (noun)

    A distilled spirit derived from fermented cane sugar and molasses.

    “The Royal Navy used to issue a rum ration to sailors.”

  • Rum (noun)

    A serving of rum.

    “Jake tossed down three rums.”

  • Rum (noun)

    A kind or brand of rum.

    “Bundaberg is one of my favourite rums.”

  • Rum (noun)

    A queer or odd person or thing.

  • Rum (noun)

    A country parson.

  • Rum (noun)

    Any odd person or thing.

  • Rum (noun)

    The card game rummy.

  • Rum (adjective)

    Fine, excellent, valuable. 16th c.

    “having a rum time”

  • Rum (adjective)

    Strange, peculiar. 18th c.

    “a rum idea; a rum fellow”

  • Tequila (noun)

    a Mexican alcoholic spirit made from an agave.

Oxford Dictionary

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