Mezcals can only be produced in Oaxaca, Guerrero, Durango, Luis Potosi and Zacatecas. Mezcals differ from Tequilas as they can be made from any type of agave plant. See our chart of Mezcals with the flavor profiles that they produce.
Mezcal also contains the vaunted worm, although most quality Mezcals will not have one.
Smoky, chalky, earthy, spicy- depending on the type of agave plant used.
Types of Mezcal Based on the Agave Plant:
Arroqueño– Earthy and spiced flavors.
Cupreata (aka Papalote)– This tends to be a sweeter agave with floral and fruity flavors.
Espadin– 90% of Mezcals use the Espadin since it can be farmed. The flavors tend to be more mineral.
Jabali– These can be the most complex mezcals with both fruity and earthy flavors with a real peppery spice.
Salmiana– Mineral and green vegetal flavors.
Tepeztate– Flavors of earth and herbal notes.
Tobala– Produces flavors that are sweeter and fruitier with citrus or tropical flavors.
Tobaziche– Savory, herbaceous and a little woody.
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