Top facts about Mezcal
Smoky, strong and intense: this is the answer to the question "What does mezcal taste like?“ But there is much more to this drink than an exquisite taste. The best mezcal are elaborately crafted with a large portion of manual work to create an inimitable aroma. They are based on traditional recipes and manufacturing processes that go way back centuries. Mezcal is a piece of Mexico, a piece of history and a piece of life quality. It's time to rediscover this drink, which is so rich in traditions. Explore it with us!
The history of mezcal goes back to the Aztecs before the Spanish colonization in the 15th century has started. Over the centuries, agave spirits are an essential part of every social event in Mexico. Therefore, it may suprises you that only since the 1990s the mezcal has slowly received the worldwide recognition. And it deserves it. This is due to the fact that strict official regulations on the mezcal have been passed since the 1990s. In addition to that more and more excellent distilleries popped up, who focus on the rough, traditional drink. Today, they bring out a first-class mezcal, which has conquered the heart of gourmets and hipsters around the globe. Fall in love with this ancient drink of Mexico!
The Mexicans drink their mezcal pure, because they appreciate its smoky taste. If you like, you can complement the culinary delight with fruits or spices that harmonize with the smoke aroma. Most mezcal come from the Oaxaca region, where a combination of orange and roasted locusts is popular. Big Insects are not your style? Then try a slice of lime and the Sal de Gusano. The spice is made of chili salt and the powder of the dried, crushed agave caterpillars. Still too weird for you? No worries. Drink it pure and without any spicy side dishes, there is nothing wrong with that. Who likes to use the liquor especially for cocktail mixing, should try out our Espadín mezcal. Test for yourself how you like to drink mezcal!
The mezcal may be distilled from any Mexican agave. For this reason, a breathtaking, tasty diversity is achieved, and the respective microclimate affects the aroma. No question: whoever discovers the world of mezcal will never get bored. Quality-conscious distilleries have recognized the possibilities and rely on exciting agave varieties such as Agave Coyote (agave karwinskii latrans) or Agave Espadín (agave angustifolia). Explore the diversity of mezcal!
Worldwide spirits volume is forecasted to reach ~35 bn liter by 2023 [Statista 2019, Spirits]. In the gin segment, the volume is expected to amount to ~ 893 m liter by 2023 [Statista 2019, Gin], while the mezcal was only represented with ~ 6 m liter in 2018. What a treasure! The quality of the drink is supported by the Consejo Regulador del mezcal, which issued new regulations for three hierarchical mezcal categories in 2018 [Comercam 2019, Mezcal]:
• Mezcal Industrial: Manufactured by using modern machining techniques (7%)
• Mezcal Artesanal: mostly handmade (92 %)
• Mezcal Ancestral: completely original and without electricity (1 %)
The most produced mezcal in 2018 of over 51 harvested agaves were
• Espadín (75%)
• Ensambles (12.2%)
• Tobalá (3.3%)
• Remaining types of agave (0% -1.7%)
In addition, there are official types of mezcal that are based on the maturity level:
• Joven / Blanco: colorless mezcal without any further processing
• Reposado: "rested" in oak for at least 2-12 months
• Añejo: "rested" in oak at least for one year
• Matured in glass: - stabilized underground in glas containers for more than 12 months
• Abocado: clear mezcal with colorings or flavors
• Distilled: incorporate flavors such as pechuga using cinnamon, apple, plums and other spices then distilled through chicken breast added during third distillation
It is noteworthy that the Joven accounts for the majority (81%) of the bottled mezcal. It is followed by reposado and añejo. Why? The answer you find in botany. The mezcal is so complex that it is already ready to drink after around seven years of maturity in nature. Storage is not necessary to have a perfect, full taste. Stick to Joven and try the holistic aroma of one of the best mezcal!
Most of mezcal comes from the state of Oaxaca, where some 35,000 families live directly or indirectly from it. It has become an important economic factor, although harvesting the agaves and making the finished drink requires a lot of hard physical labor. The income feeds whole villages, especially if it comes from productions that pay fair wages. Many of the mezcaleros are not greedy and produce only a few hundred liters of mezcal per month. They are aware of the risks that an overproduction would bring for the environment and ultimately for humans. Show your awareness and grab a mezcal from sustainable production!
Sustainability is the keyword of our new millennium - also regarding mezcal production. The increase in the value of this spirit on the world market could lead to the expansion of nationwide monocultures and the over-harvesting of wild stocks. Responsible Mezcaleros therefore rely on sustainable cultivation and fair prices for workers. They make sure that our descendants can enjoy this clear, full-bodied drink. In this way, the mezcal becomes a spirit that stands for harmony, environmental awareness and progress with a firm focus on ancient traditions. Get to know this extraordinary spirit better!
The production of mezcal is attached to something mystical and rudimentary. Nevertheless, or perhaps for that very reason, this spirit can only be created with a lot of expertise, experience and passion. That's what Noble Coyote does. Under this distinctive name distinctive, elegant mezcal are brought out, which spoil the palate. The different mezcal of Noble Coyote meet high standards in terms of sustainability. In addition, the company shows its high quality in a special product focus: It focuses on pure agave spirits. Enjoy one of Noble Coyote's mezcal!
Mezcal is the true soul of Mexico. It is rich as a single malt and diverse as the world of wines. Its originality and essence fascinate, enchants and seduces. But, as with all beauty in life, there are also other sides of the mezcal. Therefore, a responsible drinking and the right choice of a mezcal created from a sustainable cultivation are needed to enjoy this extraordinary spirit carefree. Are you curious? Embark on a culinary adventure trip to Mexico!