While all spirits classified as ‘tequila’ must be made from 100% blue agave, Mezcal is a variant of tequila that can be made with any type of agave plant—more than 30 different species and varietals. This allows for more variety in the way it’s made, which leads to some very unique and special spirits. Most mezcal is made in Oaxaca, although agave grows throughout Mexico so some mezcals come from other regions. Mezcal was invented by the Spanish conquistadors, who experimented with agave and eventually created a distillable mash from the fermented agave piñas. Some mezcals have an iconic ‘worm’ inside the bottle, which is the larva of a moth that sometimes infests the agave plants.
Try one (or more) of these notable mezcals the next time you visit us:
Clase Azul: The extreme climate, natural springs, and rich minerals in the soil of Durango, Mexico give unique flavor and complexity to the Cenizo Agave that is used to make Mezcal Clase Azul. The agave is milled by hand, which sets Clase Azul apart in the world of tequila and mezcal production. Mezcal Clase Azul has delicious sweet notes of brown sugar, peanuts, and honey that mix with smoke, wood and chocolate for a rich flavor profile. It comes in a beautifully hand-carved black decanter.
Del Maguey: Del Maguey offers a variety of artisanal mezcals that are produced using the original, handcrafted methods combined with terroir and micro-climates. All of their mezcals (Chichicapa, Crema der Mezcal, Espadin, Minero, San Luis Del Rio, and Vida) are crafted by families living in old-style villages, which give each product its name. Try them all!
Wahaka Joven: Crafting premium, hand crafted mezcal from the popular region of Oaxaca, Mexico, Wahaka Joven offers a handful of incredible mezcals and mezcal blends: Espadín, Ensamble, Madre-Cuishe, and Tobalá.