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.
• 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
• 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.