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To Worm or Not to Worm

Worm in Tequila

Ah, the worm in the Tequila bottle. Let’s start here: it isn’t a worm at all! It is a moth larvae called a gusano de maguey. And if you find one in your bottle of Tequila, do not drink, we repeat, do not drink that Tequila. While the CRT allows for other additives to be in Tequila, a larvae is not one of them. The “worm in the bottle” schtick really began in the mezcal world, perhaps as a marketing ploy, or a way for brands to show the “strength” of their product(if the larvae stayed whole, without decay, it was an exemplary product).