You’re not a tequila drinker if you haven’t had mezcal. This bold and powerful agave liquor will have you doing a double-take (or a double shot) ASAP.What are the different types of mezcal?
- Espadín: You’ll see this one at most bars in the US because 90% of mezcal production is Espadín. Since it’s so popular, there will be many types from brand to brand. It may even taste similar to Tequila.
- Tobalá: Some call this the “king of mezcals.” (big flex but ok.) It’s usually harvested in the wild at high altitudes. This one tends to be fruity and spicy.
- Tobaziche: Also harvested in the wild, but tobaziche tends to be more earthier and more savory than Tobalá.
- Tepeztate: Harvested in the wild? Check. This one can take a long time to reach maturity and has a very intense, almost cologne-y flavor.
- Arroqueño: The Latin name is agave Americana, so you can find this around the US for sure. It often has a bitter, spicy chocolate aroma.
While both mezcal and tequila are made from agave, tequila is made from only one type (blue agave). Mezcal, however, can be made from many different types of agave. Let’s unpack that: tequila is always a type of mezcal, but not all mezcals are tequilas. So basically: they’re the same but different.Is mezcal gluten-free?
You bet. Just like tequila - pure, distilled mezcal is gluten-free because it’s made from the agave plant. Keep an eye out for additives in your mezcal as some flavorings may make it not gluten-free anymore.How do you drink mezcal?
Look for a mezcal with a 45-55% ABV because that’s the sweet spot for allowing the flavors and aromas to be experienced at their full potential. Sipped neat or in cocktails is always preferred.Can I get mezcal delivery?
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