Mezcal: Everything you want to know

Of the world's best mezcales Reviewed

In the previous couple of years, mezcal’s turn into a somewhat of a boutique interest in the United States—and in light of current circumstances. Mezcal is everything city-abiding, cash spending trendy people like out of a soul. It’s cloud. It’s natural. Its little clump. It’s arcane (in a decent manner). Furthermore, above all, it’s artisanal.

This likely sounds equivalent amounts of engaging and befuddling, if you’re new to mezcal. So we should move down a second. Mezcal, like tequila, is made by refining the juice from the centers or piñas—of the agave plant.

Though tequila must be made of the blue agave mixture in Jalisco and a couple of different states in focal Mexico, mezcal more often than not hails from the most distant south of Mexico (read: Oaxaca). The refining process also differs on the grounds that mezcaleros broil the piñas over blazing hot shakes in earthen hills.

This is the place mezcal gets its evidently gritty and radiantly smoky flavor. Once broiled, the piñas are pounded underneath an ancient looking stone wheel pulled by a steed or jackass and afterward refined in wooden barrels or claypots. It’s all, exceptionally artisanal.

The word mezcal originates from the Nahuatl words metl and ixcalli, which taken together signify “broiler cooked agave.” Like tequila, mezcal is made by cooking agave hearts in a stove.

Check out this Mezcal Reviews

mezcal Pierde Almas Mezcal de Conejo

Pierde Almas Mezcal de Conejo

Pierde Almas Mezcal de Conejo is made in a similar fashion to a traditional Pechuga, except wild rabbit is used in the third distillation.

mezcal Mezcalero No. 19

Mezcalero No. 19

Mezcalero No. 19 was aged for over two years in glass after distillation. The glass aging leaves this mezcal incredibly composed.

mezcal La Venenosa Raicilla Sur

La Venenosa Raicilla Sur

La Venenosa Raicilla Sur is soft and sweet on the palate, with a fruity earthiness and bright, smooth floral touches.

mezcal Salvación Tobala

Salvación Tobala

Salvación Tobalá is an exceptionally aromatic and flavorful mezcal, with notes of fruit, spice and wildflowers.

mezcal Sotol Coyote Durango

Sotol Coyote Durango

Sotol Coyote Durango is produced by Alejandro Solís in Cuencamé, San Antonio, Durango using Dasylirion Cedrosanum. It is semi-sweet with medium intensity and slight minerality.

mezcal Marca Negra Sanmartin

Marca Negra Sanmartin

Marca Negra Sanmartin is made with agave Sanmartin in Ejutla, Oaxaca. It’s clean on the nose with rich texture on the palate.

mezcal Burrito Fiestero Joven

Burrito Fiestero Joven

Burrito Fiestero Joven is made with a keen eye for sustainable ecological and economic development in El Mezquital, Durango.

mezcal Del Maguey Iberico

Del Maguey Iberico

Del Maguey Ibérico is a clay pot distilled pechuga mezcal from Santa Catarina Minas with a unique twist – it is produced with Ibérico ham instead of the traditional chicken or turkey.

mezcal Vago Mexicano

Vago Mexicano

The strain of agave used to make Vago Mexicano is native to not just the region or the valley, but to the actual hillside owned by the mezcalero.

mezcal Scorpion Silver Tobala

Scorpion Silver Tobala

Scorpion Silver Tobala is a more rare bottle from Scorpion and it may go by the name Escorpión depending on where you find it.

mezcal Koch Espadin

Koch Espadin

Koch Espadin has sweet, fruity tones and a light taste of coconut mixed with herbs and spices. It’s made with 100% farm-grown agave Espadin.

mezcal Los Nahuales Anejo

Los Nahuales Anejo

Los Nahuales Anejo is made at Los Danzantes distillery in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca. It’s traditionally produced and well-renowned.

mezcal Mezcalero No. 21

Mezcalero No. 12

Mezcalero No. 12 is made from agave Cupreata, which is very rarely distilled for export, yet it makes for a beautiful Mezcal.

mezcal Del Maguey Barril

Del Maguey Barril

Del Maguey Barril is fermented with nothing but airborne microbes for thirty days, then twice-distilled in an ancient style clay still with bamboo tubing.

mezcal Marqués Plata

Marqués Plata

Mezcal Marquéz Plata from Jaral de Berrio is a joven mezcal produced in the state of Guanajuato using agave Salmiana.

mezcal Los Javis Tobala

Los Javis Tobala

Los Javis Tobala is made in Santiago Matatlan, the “Mezcal Capital of the World,” which is just outside Oaxaca City.