Both tequila and mezcal are distilled spirits made from the harvested core of the agave plant also known as maguey. The heart, or piña, of the plant is harvested and separated into pieces in order for the spirit production to begin. While Mezcal is the mother term under which other spirits such as tequila reside, this is where the similarities end between them.
Mezcal’s smoke and earthiness are directly attributed to the earthen pits in which the piñas are roasted in. Wood, charcoal and lava rocks are also used to facilitate the roasting process. The piña pulp is then pulverized by a horse cranked stone wheel and fermented then distilled twice in clay or copper pots.
Mezcal Union Joven
Leyendas Guerrero Cupreata
Leyendas Cenizo Durango
Del Maguey Vida
Tequila is the product of the blue agave plant solely and can only be produced in the state of Jalisco Mexico and limited surrounding municipalities. It is typically produced by slowly steaming the piña in ovens and distilled two or three times in copper pots. Silver/Blanco tequila is the un-aged product after the distillation process and is the purest form of the spirit. Reposado (rested) tequila is aged in oak barrels for a minimum of two months while Añejo (gold) tequila is aged in oak barrels for a minimum of twelve months.