We have this large cactus sort of plant by the pool. It was very small when we planted it, but it soon split into three parts, and grew quite large. This is over a 20 year period. Recently it sprouted these enormous stalks, maybe 20 feet tall. The photos don’t really do justice to the scale. After a bit of internet research, we found out this is a Sotol p!ant. We also found out that these are used to make a type of tequila, also called Sotol. We also learned that there is a Sotol distillery, Desert Door Texas Sotol, just down the road. A nice place, tucked in among the new wineries on the way out to Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill country. Bought a bottle I’ll sample tonight.