Mezcal: Everything you want to know

100
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 Mortal Espadin
Espadin

Mortal Espadin

Mezcal Mortal Espadin is double distilled in copper stills and has a leather and smoky essence, followed by a fresh herbal sent.

mezcal Pescador de Sueños Tepextate
Tepeztate

Pescador de Sueños Tepextate

Pescador de Sueños Tepextate is made at a rustic palenque in the beautiful and remote San Juan del Rio region of Oaxaca.

mezcal Mezcalero No. 18
Bicuishe

Mezcalero No. 18

Mezcalero no. 18 is yet another Mezcalero release from maestro mezcalero Don Valente Angel. This was produced in 2013, rested for 4 years before bottling.

mezcal El Yope Tobala
Cuishe

El Yope Cuixe

El Yope Cuixe is made by Don Ismael Rosales. Though his family has produced mezcal for generations, it’s just now being bottled for wider distribution.

mezcal Mezcalero No. 21
Madre-Cuishe

Mezcalero No. 8

Mezcalero No. 8 was made with wild and semi-wild agaves karsinskii (Madrecuishe), rhodacantha (Mexicano), and potatorum (Tobalá) from Don Valente Angel.

mezcal Derrumbes Tamaulipas
Cenizo

Derrumbes Durango

Derrumbes Durango is made by Urial Simental with agave Cenizo. In this case agave Cenizo is referring to agave Durangesis.

mezcal Donaji Olla de Barro
Espadin

Donaji Olla de Barro

Donaji Olla de Barro is traditionally produced in Sola de Vega, which is widely known for it’s clay pot distillation.

mezcal Lalocura San Martinero
Sanmartin

Lalocura San Martinero

Lalocura San Martinero is made in Santa Catarina Minas, which is home to some of the most talented clay-pot distillers in all of Mexico.

mezcal Noble Coyote Jabali
Jabali

Noble Coyote Jabali

Noble Coyote Jabali is made with the wild and temperamental agave Jabali in Santiago Matatlán by José Pérez Santiago.

mezcal Pierde Almas Espadin
Espadin

Pierde Almas Espadin

Pierde Almas Espadin has flavor notes that include a bit of smoke, pepper, and hints of chocolate with a long savory finish that holds strong in the mouth.

mezcal Zignum Reposado
Espadin

Zignum Reposado

Zignum Reposado is more like a tequila than a traditional mezcal. It’s made in Tlacolula de Matamoros, Oaxaca at a large, modern production facility.

mezcal Bruxo X
Barril

Bruxo X

Bruxo X is a post-distillation blend of 80% agave Espadin mezcal and 20% agave Barril mezcal with notes of citrus peels, fruit, chamomile, mineral notes, and light honey.

mezcal Mala Idea Anejo
Espadin

Mala Idea Anejo

Mala Idea Anejo has aromas of honey, caramel, and toasted wood. It’s aged in American White Oak barrels for five years after distillation.

mezcal Corte Vetusto Ensamble
Coyote

Corte Vetusto Ensamble

This ensamble is distilled in both copper and clay. Every batch of Corte Vetusto Ensamble will use different types of agaves.

mezcal Real Minero Tripon
Tripon

Real Minero Tripon

Real Minero Tripon is made with agave Tripon, which is not commonly seen. It has a smooth and vegetal character that coats the palate.

mezcal Marca Negra Tepeztate
Tepeztate

Marca Negra Tepeztate

Marca Negra Tepeztate is produced in limited quantities due to the scarcity of the agave Tepeztate, which takes 25-30 years to reach maturity.

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