Japan has 120 tequila sommeliers. Don’t snicker — it’s a proper thing. If you can be qualified in fermented grape, why not distilled agave?
The Japan Tequila Association began offering the titles in January. To procure one, you’ll have to down 12 shots in three minutes using only your lips, then play the song “Tequila” by The Champs on a five-string vihuela.
No, you won’t. You’ll be quizzed on the drink’s history and production, cocktail recipes, food matching, regional characteristics and the stories and traits of various distilleries.