PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE
Tequila can only be made from one specific agave type ‘Agave Tequilana Weber Azul’, named such because of the gorgeous shade of ocean blue its pencas or leaves have.
There are over 200 known species of Agave with 700 more subspecies. Of all of these agaves the Tequilana Weber agave matures the quickest, but still takes approx. 7 years to grow before it can, or rather should, be harvested. Other varietals can take over 30 years to mature.
When the agave is mature, the jimador expertly cuts the pencas off using a sharp spade like tool called a coa or a machete, without damaging the pina (heart) and transports it back to the hacienda.