A: There is a worm in that bottle of tequila!

Updated: February 25, 2015

Trivia Question:

Name two things that are incorrect about the statement:

“There is a worm in that bottle of tequila!”




Trivia Answer:

Firstly, while tequila is technically a subcategory of mezcal, the former will not contain a “worm” (gusano), whereas spirits labelled as mezcal

There are a variety of dubious legends around the addition of the gusano to mezcal, and some producers argue that it adds flavor to their product, but the historically verifiable origin of this practice dates back to the 1940s or 1950s when Jacobo Lozano Páez concocted this idea as a marketing ploy for Nacional Vinicola (NAVISA) with its Gusano Rojo label.

Secondly, the term “worm” is a bit misleading as it specifically is a larval form of either the moth, Hypopta agavis, or potentially of a weevil, Scyphophorus acupunctatus, both which can cause damaging infestations of agave plants.

The term “worm” is an obsolete biological descriptor from the antiquated taxon (vermes) used at that turn of the 19th century.

Today it doesn’t have an exact scientific definition and exists in public usage for a creature with a long tube shaped body without legs or a highly developed head (i.e. unlike snakes).

The term “larva” refers to a distinct juvenile form certain insects, amphibians, or cnidarians may undergo before metamorphosis into adults.












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