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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tequila & Mezcal Kissing Cousins

Tequila & Mezcal Kissing Cousins
With recent weather indicating spring may have finally arrived with the promise of warm weather in tow, we're beginning to feel a bit of a shift in the types of wine, beer, and spirits we want to drink and share with friends. With Cinco de Mayo around the corner we thought this would be a great time to share a couple of amazing little tidbits regarding Mexico's famous spirits tequila and mezcal.

Both spirits actually fall under the broad heading of mezcal BUT there are distinct differences.

Tequila
    •    Can only be produced from Agave Tequilana Weber or commonly known as Blue Agave
    •    Only made in the state of Jalisco
    •    Shredded, crushed, or steamed
    •    No worm in the bottle

Mezcal
    •    Can be produced from any variety of agave
    •    ONLY made in the state of Oaxaca
    •    Steamed or crushed and then generally smoked in a pit to give is that characteristic smokey flavor
    •    May have a worm* in the bottle and one company even uses an edible scorpion
*Actually it's not a worm but can be a moth caterpillar or weevil larva.

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