Meet Mezcal

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Mezcal is a relatively new kid on the block when it comes to spirits. Not much is known about this Mexican Spirit so we have put together some key facts about this mysterious mexican spirit.

Mezcal or Tequila?

Mezcal is a distilled spirit made from the agave plant. Tequila is classed a type of Mezcal, but for it to be called tequila it must be made using a specific type of agave plant called Agave Tequilana (or blue agave) and has to be produced in specific states. Whereas Mezcal can be produced from all types of Agave but has to be produced in specific states, 85% of this taking place in Oaxaca.

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Where is Mezcal made?

Mexico dedicates around 330,000 hectares of land to growing agave for the production of Mezcal. Many of these producers using cultivation and production techniques passed down to them over  generations.

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Whats with the worm ?

During the bottling process some traditional distillers add a ‘worm’ (actually moth larva) to bottles. These worms usually find their homes in agave plants but there is no clear answer as to why they are added to bottles, many believe they’re added purley for aesthetic purposes but it is also thought to add to the spirits flavor.

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Is Mezcal expensive?

Mezcal production is still a very artisan process. With most distillers producing in small batches, so expect to pay little more for Mezcal in comparison to other spirits .

Will I like Mezcal ?

As with all spirits its is a matter of preference. If you enjoy  fruity spirits backed by smokey undertones such as Single Malt Scotch or a Bourbon aged Irish Whiskey is your thing then its likely you will enjoy Mezcal.

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