The Mezcal and Tequila have so many similarities that it might be difficult at first to taste the difference. But they both have very specific production processes. It enables consumers to differentiate these two popular Mexico’s distillates that never go out of style.
Basically, Tequila is a variety of Mezcal. Tequila is the product of an industrial process that facilitates high production volumes and contains 49% carbohydrates and chemicals and Mezcal is an alcoholic beverage free of chemical additives, 100% made with agave with traditional processes.
The Tequila is from Jalisco while Mezcal is from Oaxaca. Tequila is made from agave Tequilana Weber while Mezcal is made from agave angustifolia Haw (this agave is bigger and has more sugars)
You can recognize the Mezcal for its strong aromatic flavor and the Tequila for its neutral taste. In the Mezcal bottle you can see a worm. This is a sign of authenticity. Other name for the Tequilana agave is blue agave. The plant produces the basic liquid with which the drink is made and grows between the towns of Tequila and Tepatiplán in a mountainous area.
For the production of Tequila, the agave pulp is squeezed. The juice is then mixed with sugarcane, corn and yeast then fermented for days in steel tanks, and distilled water is added. It finally is aged in wooden barrels or tanks for two months to seven years. It is during this period that it gets its characteristic color and sold prices are based on the aging time.
There mezcal enthusiasts defend the purity and aromatic, while proponents of Tequila enjoy this beverage around the world. Be sure to try both before you choose your favorite.
And you, what do you prefer? Today I recommend one of each so you can compare, and a small dessert bonus …
Mezcal Gusano Rojo
Jose Cuervo Especial Reposado