Wednesday, August 18, 2010
What are the differences between tequila and mezcal (which, by the way, I had for the first time this weekend)?
Well . . . and a slightly different process.
I think it's a little like, all Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne.
Mezcal is made of agave, but it's a less rigorous distillation process. It's "fresher", for lack of a better word. However, it's also more of a homespun deal, so it's got protected origin dealies going for it. Like, in Arizona, we can make types of tequila with our agave, but we can't make and market mezcal. Mezcal is also waaay raunchier when you get it down in Jalisco or Guerrero.