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Mezcal

Once thought of as an unsophisticated Mexican tipple, mezcal is fast gaining popularity outside of Mexico as liquor fans and aficionados discover the deep smoky flavor that really great mezcal offers both straight and within cocktails.
So what exactly is mescal? Let us take you through the basics of this traditional Mexican spirit:

What is Mezcal?
Described by chef Rick Bayless as the "rustic cousin of tequila," Mezcal is, in fact, the family of liquors that tequila falls within. So, if you have tried tequila, you’ve actually already drunk Mezcal already.
Mezcal gets its distinctive smoky flavor during its production process. To create the spirit, the agave is harvested from the wild or from farms. Mezcal producers often have to wait decades for agave to reach maturity. Agave farmers are traditionally known as Maestro Mezcaleros (this is a term of respect for craftsmen who make mezcal), and their distilling operations are named palenques.

The most commonly used agave for making Mezcal is Espadin.

The hearts of the agave plants – known as pinas - are then roasted for around 3 days in pits in the ground. The method of roasting here can greatly affect the flavor of the resulting mescal, determining just how smoky it will be based on the amount of wood and charcoal added to the pit.

Once cooked, the agave is then ground to a pulp, combined with water, and allowed to ferment in wooden vats, then distilled to produce the end product.

What’s the difference between tequila and Mezcal?

We’re glad you asked! To explain, all mezcals are made from the 150 agave species native to Mexico. Whilst tequila is also made from agave, it is only produced from the blue agave - one single species of the agave.

Another difference is that the agave used in tequila is typically steam cooked inside ovens, whilst mezcal’s agave I cooked inside earthen pits filled with wood and charcoal.

As legend says, Mezcal was initially created when a lightning struck an agave plant, opening and cooking it, and releasing its inner liquids. This is why people refer to Mezcal as the “elixir of the gods.”

Types of Mezcal
There are a number of different types of mescal variants. Apart from tequila, the following are the most common:

Silver/ Joven/ Plata
Silver mezcal is aged for less than 2 months. Gaining its name from its clear color, Silver mescal (also known as Blanco, Joven or Plata) is the initial fresh distillate and offers the purest expression of the agave. With flavors of citrus, herbs and spiciness, this is a refreshing, sweet and dry experience for the palate. Examples of great Silver Mezcal include Fidencio Classico Joven Mezcal and Bruxo No.1 Espadin Joven Mezcal

Anejo
Meaning “aged,” anejo mezcal is an amber colored liquor that must be aged for a minimum of one year, but commonly as long as 2 to 3 years. Harbouring flavors of smokiness, oak and fruit, Anejo is deep on the palate with beautifully sweet, vanilla hints. Some beautiful examples of Anejo include: Illegal Mezcal Anejo, and El Tinieblo Anejo Mezcal

Reposado
Aged for between 2 and 9 months in wooden barrels, Reposado mescal strikes the perfect balance between its silver and Anejo siblings. This golden-toned spirit is more delicate than silver mescal, but lighter than Anejo and offers understated flavors of lime, smokiness, spiciness and vanilla. Great examples of quality Reposado include: El Jolgorio Tepeztate Mezcal, and Los Amantes Reposado Mezcal.
FROOTBAT HAS 98 Mezcals AVAILABLE TO SHIP TO United States
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Mezcal con Gusano with Agave Worm
Monte Alban Mezcal con Gusano with Agave Worm 750ml Bottle
$14.9925 buying options
Crema de Mezcal
Del Maguey Crema de Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$19.9921 buying options
Mexicano Mezcal
El Jolgorio Mexicano Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$129.992 buying options
Single Village Santo Domingo Albarradas Mezcal
Del Maguey Single Village Santo Domingo Albarradas Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$65.999 buying options
Single Village San Luis del Rio Azul Mezcal
Del Maguey Single Village San Luis del Rio Azul Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$100.001 buying option
Elote Mezcal
Mezcal Vago Elote Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$52.996 buying options
Barril Mezcal
El Jolgorio Barril Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$109.994 buying options
Mexicano Mezcal
Mezcal Vago Mexicano Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$89.991 buying option
Mezcal Espadin
El Silencio Mezcal Espadin 750ml Bottle
$27.9913 buying options
Reposado Mezcal
Los Nahuales Reposado Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$69.992 buying options
Mezcal Reposado
Mina Real Mezcal Reposado 750ml Bottle
$49.991 buying option
Raicilla Sierra del Tigre de Jalisco Mezcal
La Venenosa Raicilla Sierra del Tigre de Jalisco Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$150.002 buying options
Vida Mezcal
Del Maguey Vida Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$32.9926 buying options
Espadin Largo Tripon Barril Mezcal
Real Minero Espadin Largo Tripon Barril Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$101.999 buying options
Single Village Pechuga Mezcal
Del Maguey Single Village Pechuga Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$189.997 buying options
Anejo Mezcal
Delirio de Oaxca Anejo Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$58.976 buying options
Mezcal with Worm
Gusano Rojo Mezcal with Worm 750ml Bottle
$69.991 buying option
Madrecuixe Mezcal
El Jolgorio Madrecuixe Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$119.994 buying options
Reposado Mezcal
Delirio de Oaxca Reposado Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$50.976 buying options
Single Village San Jose Rio Minas Mezcal
Del Maguey Single Village San Jose Rio Minas Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$49.994 buying options
Reposado Mezcal
Scorpion Reposado Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$43.999 buying options
Uno Mezcal
Mezcal Union Uno Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$34.845 buying options
Pechuga Mezcal
El Jolgorio Pechuga Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$119.993 buying options
Mezcal Joven
Ilegal Mezcal Joven 750ml Bottle
$35.9928 buying options
Agave de Oaxaca Mezcal
Sombra Agave de Oaxaca Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$24.9714 buying options
Tepeztate Mezcal
El Jolgorio Tepeztate Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$123.991 buying option
Anejo Reserva Mezcal
Herencia del Mezcalero Anejo Reserva Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$61.991 buying option
Anejo Mezcal
El Tinieblo Anejo Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$59.991 buying option
Reposado Mezcal with worm
Agave de Cortes Reposado Mezcal with worm 750ml Bottle
$59.992 buying options
Tobala Silvestre Joven Mezcal
Pierde Almas Tobala Silvestre Joven Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$94.973 buying options
Agave Dobadan Mezcal
Marca Negra Agave Dobadan Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$76.995 buying options
Ensamble Mezcal
Marca Negra Ensamble Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$65.994 buying options
Reposado Mezcal with Worm
Divino Reposado Mezcal with Worm 750ml Bottle
$39.992 buying options
Single Village Minero Santa Catarina Minas Mezcal
Del Maguey Single Village Minero Santa Catarina Minas Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$59.9915 buying options
Premium Mezcal Joven
Delirio de Oaxca Premium Mezcal Joven 750ml Bottle
$41.976 buying options
Espadin Mezcal
El Jolgorio Espadin Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$69.995 buying options
Mezcal Joven con Gusano
El Senorio Mezcal Joven con Gusano 750ml Bottle
$24.991 buying option
Mezcal con Gusano with Agave Worm
Monte Alban Mezcal con Gusano with Agave Worm 50ml Bottle
$32.591 buying option
Mescal
La Penca Mescal 750ml Bottle
$30.991 buying option
Mezcal Joven
El Silencio Mezcal Joven 750ml Bottle
$68.998 buying options
Espadin Mezcal
Mezcal Vago Espadin Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$49.996 buying options
Mezcal
El Buho Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$34.996 buying options
Single Village Tobala The Wild Mountain Mezcal
Del Maguey Single Village Tobala The Wild Mountain Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$102.992 buying options
Joven Mezcal
Los Amantes Joven Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$43.3410 buying options
Pechuga Mezcal
Fidencio Pechuga Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$83.992 buying options
Espadin Joven Mezcal
Pierde Almas Espadin Joven Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$69.992 buying options
Mezcal Joven
Montelobos Mezcal Joven 750ml Bottle
$34.9713 buying options
Raicilla Sur de Jalisco Mezcal
La Venenosa Raicilla Sur de Jalisco Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$115.991 buying option
San Andres Mezcal
Alipus San Andres Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$46.003 buying options
Santa Ana del Rio Mezcal
Alipus Santa Ana del Rio Mezcal 750ml Bottle
$44.834 buying options
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