Tequila & Mezcal
Traditionally any spirit distilled from agave is a Mezcal, so Tequila is a type of Mezcal. The first Tequilas were even called Vinos de Mezcal, that’s right, Mezcal Wines!

But: Tequila can be made only in and around the Mexican state of Jalisco out of Blue Agave and is roasted above ground. That leads to a very specific set of flavours and that’s what Tequila enthusiasts like.

As distinguished from Tequila the legal definition of Mezcal is a drink distilled from about 20 types of agave, in eight states across Mexico. Traditionally it’s made in almost every Mexican state from a wider variety of agaves. It’s even made in Jalisco, the home of Tequila, but has a different name there, Raicilla – “little root.”

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It takes at the very least seven years to produce a Tequila from planting an agave to getting the spirit in the bottle. And once you harvest that agave, it’s dead. You have to start over by planting another and waiting another seven plus year cycle.

Mezcal is a true expression of Mexico’s soul; There’s even a saying that goes "Para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien también.” Translated that reads "for everything bad, Mezcal; for everything good, the same.”

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