Mezcal - Agave en fuengo!

For years, mezcal has been relegated to obscurity - tequila was the only agave spirit anyone wanted to talk about. But now, thanks in part to a resurgent cocktail culture, mezcal is experiencing a revolución! Small traditional producers are being pushed into the spotlight as savvy drinkers are discovering this bold and flavorful spirit and enthusiastically seeking out different bottlings to explore, compare, and share with friends.

But, what is mezcal?

Technically, all spirits made from the agave plant are mezcal, but unlike tequila, which can only be made from the Blue Agave, mezcal can be made from upwards of 30 different varieties of agave. This allows for the spirit to have a sense of place since different agaves thrive in different areas, making the mezcal from one village different from the mezcal made in the next village. This is a subtle distinction between mezcal and tequila, the not-so-subtle difference between the two is that the agave piña destined for mezcal is roasted in earthen ovens - pits dug out of the ground with heated rocks that slow roast the agave. Roasting the piña gives Mezcal its classic smoky flavor that any scotch connoisseur would find pleasantly familiar. Click here to watch a video from our friends at Craft Distillers about Los Danzantes, the distillery that makes Los Nahuales Mezcal, and the process of making mezcal.

So, how do you drink Mezcal? Obviously, cocktails like margaritas are great with mezcal. Imbibers now, however, are sipping mezcal like other robust spirits, such as bourbon or scotch.

Like tequila, mezcals often come in 3 forms: joven - un-aged; reposado - aged in barrel two to twelve months; and anejo - aged at least one year.

Now available:
Sombra Mezcal
Los Nahuales Mezcal – Joven, Reposado, & Anejo
Alipus San Baltazar Guelavila Mezcal Blanco
Alipus San Andres Mezcal

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