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silky1's avatar

When does the worm in the bottle of a tequila die before or after being placed in the bottle?

Asked by silky1 (1500 points ) September 24th, 2010

Just wondering about that.

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iammia's avatar

After i think….Eww Not thirsty all of a sudden :P

grumpyfish's avatar

Notably, the worm is only present in certain mezcals (never tequila) and is more of a marketing gimmick than anything else:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mezcal#Production_of_mezcal

However, I would expect that the worm is killed by the mezcal, otherwise you have to kill them some other way (which gets complicated, eh?)

YoBob's avatar

I believe it is after, but don’t really think it matters all that much. Bottom line is you have a pickled worm in the bottom of your bottle.

If I recall, the whole idea was to demonstrate that the booze was actually made from an agave plant because the agave plant is the preferred home of that particular variety of worm.

grumpyfish's avatar

@YoBob what’s amusing is that the worm (actually a moth larvae, IIRC) is that the worm is a sign of an infestation, which is bad for the crop…

ratboy's avatar

He dies in the bottle, but he dies happy.

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