Is mezcal the same as tequila? Not really, although they do have some similarities. They both are Mexican traditional beverages, both have an Appellation of Origin. And they possess a good amount of cultural and spiritual value.
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Everything starts with agave
Tequila and mezcal comes from the fermentation and distillation of agave. However, they are made from a different kind of maguey. Tequila is obtained from blue tequilana weber agave. And unlike mezcal that can be produced from up to 20 types of maguey, primarily from agave angustifolia or espadín.
They are also distinguished by the region in which they are produced. Tequila is distilled in Jalisco, Nayarit, Michoacán, Tamaulipas and Guanajuato. On the other hand, mezcal is produced in Oaxaca, Puebla, Guerrero, Michoacán, Tamaulipas, Durango, San Luis Potosí, and Zacatecas.
Another big difference is the way of cooking and preparing the agave. For tequila, it is placed in a steam oven and for mezcal it is placed in wooden ovens. In addition, the production of mezcal is a bit more handmade.
A real Mexican drinks tequila and mezcal
Even the way of drinking each of these is different. Mezcal usually comes with a slice of orange and maguey worm’s salt. So, tequila’s sidekick, however, will always be a slice of lime.
We might say that tequila is the most consumed out of the two. Nevertheless, mezcal has gradually gained some ground in Mexico and around the world.
Which one do you like best? The truth is, tequila and mezcal represent Mexico all across the globe and a few shots are enough to seize the day.
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