Did you know that tomorrow October 21 is National Mezcal Day? So let’s start the Mezcal vs Tequila discussion. Better yet do you even know what Mezcal is? From coast to coast, people are getting excited about mezcal. It is considered the smokier alternative to tequila. Enjoyed by itself or mixed into a cocktail, this agave-based alcohol has become extremely popular in the past few years. Since tequila is considered to be a type of mezcal, you’ve most likely already experienced this flavorful drink in one way or another. From how it’s made to how it’s served, mezcal is a versatile distilled alcohol that is easy to enjoy
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Tequila vs Mezcal
- All tequilas are mezcal, but not all mezcal are tequila
- Mezcal can be made of either one type of agave, or a combination of different types. But, the blend must be 100% pure agave with no added fillers.
- Mezcal tends be smoky, sweet and earthy, depending on the type of agave used
- The craftsmen who make mezcal are known as Maestro Mezcaleros, which is a term used as a sign of respect due to the delicate process of making mezcal
- While mezcal makes a delicious addition to cocktails, experienced mezcal drinkers know that it is made to be sipped slowly on its own
Further Clues to What is Mezcal
- Mezcal is made in only nine specific regions of Mexico. The regions are Oaxaca, Durango, Guerrero, and Tamaulipas. Plus San Luis Potosi, Puebla, Michoaca, Guanajuato and Zacatecas
- The most common types of agave used to produce mezcal are espadín, tobalá, tepeztate, tobaziche and arroqueño
- There are over 30 types types of agave that can be used to produce this smoky liquor.
- Mezcal is made by cooking piñas, or the heart of the agave plant. In an in-ground pit, crushed, and mixed with water to ferment
- When labeling mezcal, it is grouped into three categories by age: joven, resposado, and anejo
So for Oct 21st, Have a Mezcal and enjoy