The name Mezcal comes from the nahuatl mexcalli and means cooked Maguey leafs (metl = maguey and ixcalli = cooked) is an alcoholic drink that was originated in the Mexican state of Oaxaca thousands of years ago. Is made of the fermentation of juice of different species of agave. There are different types of Agave and each one produces a different version of Mezcal.
But what is the difference between Mezcal and Tequila?
Mezcal was conceived first and Tequila is just a variation of the Mezcal, it acquires its name due the region where is produced (the town of Tequila) it has completely industrialized and this is one of the big attributes that differentiates the handmade Mezcal from the popular Tequila.
1- Their Origen:
Mezcal from Oaxaca (South of Mexico)
Tequila from Jalisco (West of Mexico)
2- Process of making it:
Mezcal is made 100% of the Agave plant and considered an art craft (no added chemicals)
Tequila is industrial and the majority of brands are not made of 100% Agave, this is due the regulations that accept up to 49% carbohydrates and chemicals to be considered “good tequila”
3- Type of Agave utilized
Mezcal is made of the Agave “Angustifolia Haw”, it is bigger and is more sweet.
Tequila is made with “Tequilana Webber” this is a blue type of agave
4- Mezcal usually comes with a worm inside and Tequila does not have this feature.
We all have tried tequila and know how good of a product it is, when you are in Puerto Vallarta open your mind a little and meet Tequilas’ Grandfather : The traditional Mezcal