18th May 2022

Differences Between Mezcal and Tequila

All tequila is mezcal, but not all mezcal is tequila.

While tequila is made with only one agave (the blue Weber), it is possible to make Mezcal from more than 40 varieties of agave.

Tequila must now be made in Jalisco and particular regions of five further states. Mezcal, meanwhile, can be produced in nine Mexican states – with Oaxaca being the most popular.

Mezcal is made by roasting the heart if agaves in wood-fired rock-lined pits – which gives the spirit its smokiness.

The majority of tequila, however, steam agaves in ovens.

During fermentation, mezcal is inoculated using naturally, air-borne yeast whereas tequilas are fermented using mostly commercial yeast.

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