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Where is the worm? Top 10 Mezcal facts

A multifaceted spirit with strength and heart

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!

Back to the roots: mezcal as the original form of tequila

The Mexican spirit mezcal is made from fermented, cooked hearts of agave. The strong drink is quasi the prototype of the tequila. Why? Different types of Agave can be used to make mezcal. In contrast to that legally only one, Agave Tequilana Weber Azul, can be used to make tequila. Anyone who sees this as a blemish testifies ignorance: Excellent mezcal is a quality product that does not have to hide behind a single malt. And at this point let us clear up with another prejudice. The worm in some mezcal is a mere marketing gag and not a quality feature - rather the opposite. Choose a mezcal without a worm!

Mezcal: the traditional hipster with Aztec soul

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!

How to Drink mezcal the Mexican Way

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 Espadin mezcal. Test for yourself how you like to drink mezcal!

Different agave hearts strike for the 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!

The Best Mezcal: Types & Qualities

Worldwide liquor sales amount to 35 billion liters. This accounts for 820 million liters of gin, while the mezcal is only represented with six million liters. 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 2016/17:

• Mezcal Industrial: Manufactured by using modern machining techniques (13 % exported)
• Mezcal Artesanal: mostly handmade (86 % exported)
• Mezcal Ancestral: completely original and without electricity (1 % exported)

In addition, there are official types of mezcal that are based on the maturity level:

• Joven / Blanco: white mezcal, bottled immedeatly or "rested" for less than two months
• Reposado: "rested" in oak for at least 60 days
• Añejo: "rested" in oak at least for one year
• Abocado: clear mezcal with colorings or flavors

It is noteworthy that the Joven accounts for the majority (81%) of the goods produced. It is followed by 7% of reposado and 2% of 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!

Mezcal: an economic engine of a region

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!

No chance of abundance and carelessness

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!

Noble Coyote: the best of the wild

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!

Feel the true soul of Mexico

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 dark 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!