Mezcal, is sexy. It's an agave based spirit that on first sip opens up the palate to it's signature smokiness, which then leads into sweeter notes like caramel and vanilla. I truly love this spirit for it's layers of complexity, to which you can enjoy on it's own or in a cocktail. Wellness lovers should be ordering Mezcal. It's a clean spirit due to it's traditional production methods and by law needs to contain 100% agave. Just be sure to stay away from sugary mixers and opt to enjoy this with fresh juices. Fresh fruit juices such as grapefruit, lime and mango balance out the smokey notes of Mezcal.
While Tequila is wildly popular, Mezcal is gaining the stardom it deserves! In case you were wondering the differences between Tequila and Mezcal, there are a few.
Same Agave, Different Regions
Mezcal can be made from any agave based liquor, but Tequila is made from agave grown in Tequila, Mexico.
Different Production Methods
Tequila is usually produced by steaming the agave inside large ovens, then distilled a few more times in copper pots. Mezcal has a way cooler method! The agave plants are cooked inside earthen pits lined with lava rocks, wood and charcoal. Then later distilled in clay pots.
Age is Just a Number
Ok, age actually makes a difference in taste profile between the two spirits. The amount of time that the Tequila or Mezcal ages in oak barrels slightly differs. Tequila blanco is 0-2 months, reposado is 2-12 months, and anejo is 1-3 years. As for Mezcal, joven or blanco is 0-2 months, reposado is 2-12 months and anejo is at least one year.
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I currently hold a Level 2 Intermediate Certificate from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust.