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Tequila is a regional distilled beverage and type of alcoholic drink made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, (40 mi) northwest of Guadalajara, and in the highlands (Los Altos) of the central western Mexico.

The process in which tequila is made also differs from how mezcal is made. For tequila, the heart of the agave plant (called the piña, because once the spines are removed it resembles a pineapple) is steamed before distillation, and for most mezcal the piñas are roasted in an underground pit before it is fermented and distilled, giving it a smokier flavor. Mezcal tends to be made on a smaller scale and the process for making mezcal is more artisanal, or in some cases, "ancestral" if clay pots and reeds are used instead of copper pots and tubes.

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