Drink Tequila young people, IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!..and I have proof…
December 29, 2009
Usually, the Too Old crew is the voice of reason. We tell the young people don’t do drugs and during the prom season, we warn them about the dangers of binge drinking. Now, we learn that we were slightly off base. We should be warning that all middle school children should be drinking, or at least experimenting with doing shots, preferably of tequila, since it could save your life.
Last May, 13-year-old Evan Hamilton took a dare from his friends at McCaffrey Middle School in Galt last May and downed eight shots of tequila as fast as he could.
What kind of friends would waste tequila by downing it quickly? Bad friends, thats who. By downing it, I am going to wager that it wasn’t really tequila, in the strictest, purest sense. Here at Too Old, we ONLY drink 100 percent blue agave tequila, nothing that is cut with sugar (usually49% sugar cane, 51% blue agave plant) like most varieties that you know, like Jose Cuervo. Our friends at Wiki give a quick, but important primer on Tequila.
There are two basic categories of tequila: mixtos and 100% agave. Mixtos use up to 49% of other sugars in the fermentation process, with agave taking up the remainder. Mixtos use both glucose and fructose sugars.
With 100% agave tequila, blanco or plata is harsher with the bold flavors of the distilled agave up front, while reposado and añejo are smoother, subtler, and more complex. As with other spirits that are aged in casks, tequila takes on the flavors of the wood, while the harshness of the alcohol mellows. The major flavor distinction with 100% agave tequila is the base ingredient, which is more vegetal than grain spirits (and often more complex).
Tequila is usually bottled in one of five categories:
- Blanco (“white”) or plata (“silver”) – white spirit, un-aged and bottled or stored immediately after distillation, or aged less than two months in stainless steel or neutral oak barrels;
- Joven (“young”) or oro (“gold”) – is the result of blending Silver Tequila with Reposado and/or Añejo and/or extra Añejo Tequila;
- Reposado (“rested”) – aged a minimum of two months, but less than a year in oak barrels;
- Añejo (“aged” or “vintage”) – aged a minimum of one year, but less than 3 years in oak barrels;
- Extra Añejo (“extra aged” or “ultra aged”) – aged a minimum of three years in oak barrels. This category was established in March 2006.
You can tell if the people you are drinking with like you by what they serve you…But, we return to the story….
He passed out and was rushed to the emergency room to be treated for alcohol poisoning, and a CT scan at the UC Davis Medical Center revealed a tumor in the brain of the unsuspecting eighth grader.
The dangerous lapse in judgment turned out to be a blessing, according to his family.
So, the blessing is that he drank and had a lapse in judgment. See kids, drinking is okay, but don’t do it in moderation, let it all hang out! Go for the gold!
Here are some Tequilas to go for when you are looking to find out if you have brain tumors
If you want to learn more about Tequila, here is a great article to step your knowledge game up. Kids, think about it like an extra credit assignment…