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What is Mezcal and how it is different from tequila?

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What is Mezcal and how it is different from tequila?

When we talk about Mezcal, people assume that it is just another tequila, as it is distilled from the same plant – agave. Both these liquors are from Mexico.

Many people don’t understand the difference between mezcal vs tequila. What is surprising is that they both are used interchangeably while making cocktails such as the margarita or paloma.

However, when we go into the detail, there are lots of differences between the two. Here is all you need to know about both liquors and their major differences.

Type of agave used

While tequila is made from the ‘Blue Weber’ agave, also known as agave tequilana or simply blue agave and is aged. On the other hand, mezcal can be made from various types of agave such as Arroqueno agave, Espadin agave, Obala agave, etc and is processed differently, and it’s not usually aged.

Differences based on region

Both the liquors are of Mexican origin, however, it is only tequila if it has been produced in five designated regions – Jalisco, Michoacán, Nayarit, Tamaulipas, and Guanajuato. While mezcal, on the other hand is something that may be produced in nine designated regions: Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Michoacán, Oaxaca, Puebla, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas. If we talk about one region where most tequila is made, it is the Jalisco region, while 85 per cent of mezcal is made in the Oaxaca region of Mexico.

The difference in key flavours

Mezcal is often known to have various flavours like earthy, savoury, smokey, funky and even vegetal. On the other hand, tequila is said to have fruity, sweet, and toasty flavours.

The distillation process

Tequila is often made the steaming process, however, mezcal is produced by distilling in clay pots or column stills

The ageing

Post-distillation, both the liquors are aged in oak barrels, though with different ageing/labelling categories. Tequila is often labelled as blanco (up to two months of age), reposado (2 months-one year of age), or anejo (1-3 years of age). On the other hand, Mezcal labellings are slightly different, going by joven, reposado, or anejo. Joven is the same as tequila’s blanco (up to two months of age), reposado is the same, and anejo (for mezcal) requires a minimum of one year of age.

The difference in cost

As tequila has an industrial production method, it is generally easier to find less expensive tequila than it is mezcal. Both liquors come in different price ranges and can be chosen as per a person’s taste.

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