Oh s***. Time to hurry and stock up on the Patrón!!
There’s not necessarily anyBODY to blame for this. It’s that the price of Agave, the succulent that tequila is made of, has gone up over the past few years, which is causing distillers to use young agave plants, which take about eight years to mature.
According to NY Post:
The shortages are likely to continue until 2021, as improved planting strategies take years to bear fruit, according to producers. The result is agave prices at 22 pesos ($1.18) per kilo — up from 3.85 pesos in 2016. Those higher prices mean that low-cost tequila producers, which make a cheaper, less pure drink that once dominated the market, find it harder to compete with premium players.
I suck at math, so NY Post explains more HERE.