Mezcal is a specialty agave-based spirit with an interesting production process and a long tradition.
What is Mezcal?
Mezcal is a distilled spirit made from any variety of agave plant, which is mainly found in Mexico. It is often associated with the other famousspirit, tequila; however, tequila is made specifically from the blue agave plant.
Mezcal is made from the ‘heart’ of the agave plant, also called as the ‘piña‘, which is cooked underground, in small, rock-faced pits for over three days. This slow cooking process causes smoke to infuse the agave with a deep, woody, and earthen taste for which it is renowned.
Legally, thismust be made with 100% agave, making it suitable for -intolerant people and keeping it reassuringly free of artificial ingredients. It can only be made in allocated states in Mexico. Its alcohol content varies but can be as high as 55%. Like tequila, it may also contain worms, which some people actually eat.
As it can be made from over 30 different types of the agave plant, there are many different types and flavors. Mezcal production is a specialized, artisanal process that is reflected in its price. The companies producing and exporting the drink tend to be much smaller than those producing tequila.
- The majority of this is made from Espadín, and the flavor of this is most similar to tequila of all the mezcals.
- Tobalá mezcal is made from a rare and wild-growing variety of agave and offers interesting, rich and flavors.
- Like tequila, mezcal comes in a freshly distilled ‘Blanco’ variation, or it can also be aged in wooden barrels.
- An aging of two to nine months makes a Reposado variation of the spirit.
- An aging of one to three years makes an Añejo.
There are a number of potential health benefits of this artisanal alcohol when consumed in moderation. These include the following:
How to drink?
There are many different ways to drink mezcal, including the following:
- Traditionally, in Mexico, this liquor is taken neat and at room temperature. Experts suggest that it is a drink to be savored.
- As a dry drink, it can make a good aperitif or be added to . However, this might be considered a waste of the intense and complex flavor palate by some.
- Common additions to neat mezcal include sliced lemon, orange or lime, ground-fried larvae, worm salt or ground chili peppers.
Word of Caution: As with any headaches. Ensure your mezcal is from a registered and reputable distillery., consume mezcal in moderation to avoid side effects of intoxication, sickness, and