Like Tequila, Mezcal is a typically Mexican alcoholic drink. As a matter of fact, Tequila is a variety of Mezcal. Mezcal is an alcohol listed on the wine menu of a large number of starred gastronomic restaurants throughout the world, as it is attractive not only for its flavour but also for its specific appearance and its history. Obviously, most Mexican restaurants serve upmarket Mezcal to their customers and this is also true for starred gastronomic restaurants worldwide. Bestwine • Online provides you with a list of all the brands and bottles of Mezcal served by the greatest names in worldwide gastronomy. Discover the best bottles of Mezcal from the wine list of starred gastronomic restaurants.
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Siete Misterios Mezcal
Origin : Mexico – Oaxaca
Alcohol Degree : 45,3°
Origin : Mexico
Alcohol Degree : 40°
Los Danzantes Mezcal
Origin : Mexico – Oaxaca
Alcohol Degree : 40°
Origin : Mexico – Oaxaca
Alcohol degree : 43,5°
Origin : Mexico- Michoacan
Alcohol Degree : 49,3°
Origin : Mexico – Loxicha
Alcohol Degree : 40°
Gracias a Dios Mezcal
Origin : Mexico
Alcohol Degree : 45°
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|Union||Mexico – Loxicha||Blanco||⭐⭐⭐ – Core by Clare Smyth – United Kingdom|
|Derrumbes||Mexico – Oaxaca||Blanco||⭐⭐⭐ – Core by Clare Smyth – United Kingdom|
|Derrumbes||Mexico – Michoacan||Blanco||⭐⭐⭐ – Core by Clare Smyth – United Kingdom|
|Siete Misterios||Mexico – Oaxaca||Blanco||⭐⭐⭐ – Core by Clare Smyth – United Kingdom|
|Casamigos||Mexico||Blanco||⭐⭐⭐ – Le Calandre – Italy|
|Los Danzantes||Mexico – Oaxaca||Anejo||⭐⭐⭐ – Le Calandre – Italy|
|Gracias a Dios||Mexico||Blanco||⭐⭐⭐ – Le Calandre – Italy|
The name Mezcal comes from the Mexican word “nahuatl mexcalli”, which means” agave cooked in the oven”, Agave being the plant used to produce Mezcal. Mescal can also be spelt with an s.
Larva in Mezcal
Mezcal can be distinguished by the unusual content of its bottle. Most of the time, besides alcohol, Mezcal contains a larva, which is added to the alcohol. This larva is a specific caterpillar which comes from a parasite of the agave, a moth. The presence of this larva in the bottle is not to enhance the flavour of the alcohol and is not a custom or local tradition. It is purely commercial, a technique used from the 1940s to differentiate Mezcal from Tequila. The larva does not alter the quality of the beverage in any way. Larva in Mezcal bottles comes from moths that are uniquely reared to be added to bottles of Mezcal. However, Canada bans bottles of Mezcal containing larva, as it is a dead insect and does not respect local regulations. For information, it is possible to find bottles of Mezcal produced by some distilleries where the larva is exceptionally replaced by a scorpion. The greatest Mezcals proposed in this reference list are more likely to contain a larva, nonetheless, the alcohol is totally fit for consumption.
The difference between Mezcal and Tequila
Mezcal and Tequila are both alcohols made from agave. The difference between Tequila and Mezcal is that Tequila is made from the blue tequilana weber agave whereas Mezcal is produced from the Maguey agave. The designation of origin Mezcal has strict specifications which must be followed to be able to put the Mezcal label on the bottle. These specifications state that the Mezcal can be produced from Maguey agave but also other types of agaves. There is an “appellation d’origine” “Mezcal de Oaxaca” whose production only comes from the state of Oaxaca.
Tequila can only be produced in the state of Jalisco, on the other hand, Mezcal can be made in Jalisco, but also in the states of Guerrero, Durango, San Luis Potosi, and Zacatecas. The region of origin of Mezcal is visible on the bottle’s label under the title of the region and the term “Official origins” The best Mezcals are the productions made 100% from agave, yet again, this is mentioned on the bottle’s label. Poor quality Mezcals are called “mixtos”, they are made of agave and sugar cane and are much cheaper than 100% agave. In this reference list of the greatest Mezcals, you will only find Mezcal “100% agave.”
Two types of Mezcal can be distinguished:
- Mezcal type 1: 100% Maguey agave
- Mezcal type 2: 80% Maguey agave and the rest from other sorts of agave
Mezcal (like Tequila) is divided into four official categories according to its age:
- White Mezcal: a transparent Mezcal which is obtained from the second distillation. This Mezcal is not aged in a barrel. White Mezcal is a type 1 Mezcal.
- Gold Mezcal or Joven Abocado Mezcal: transparent Mezcal which comes from the second distillation and is then aged in oak barrels. Gold Mezcal can also have food colouring and aromas like caramel added to it. Gold Mezcal is the most exported category of Mezcal and is a type 2 Mezcal.
- Reposado Mezcal: Reposado Mezcal is obtained after the second distillation, then it is left to rest for at least two months in oak barrels. Reposado Mezcal has a smoother flavour than White Mezcal and is the most popular Mezcal in Mexico. Reposado Mezcal can be produced with 100% agave or mixtos. Reposado Mexcal is a type 3 Mezcal
- Anejo Mezcal (or extra Anejo Mezcal): Anejo Mezcal or extra Anejo Mezcal must be contained for one to three years in the same 600 litre barrels, sealed by an officer of the Mexican government. The colour of the Anejo Mezcal is much darker than the other categories of Mezcal and it has a much stronger woody flavour. Anejo Mezcal is a type 4 Mezcal.
Mezcal in starred gastronomic restaurants
During the ageing process, Mezcal improves in flavour just like wine or other spirits. In starred gastronomic restaurants, the greatest bottles of Mezcal appear on the wine list, in the bar, and in the wine cellar so that sommeliers may offer the best Mezcals to their customers. Mezcal can be served as an aperitif and occasionally as a liqueur. The alcohol content of Mezcal is between 35 to 55°, so it is not adapted as an accompaniment to a main course. To appreciate its flavours, Mezcal is better served at room temperature. However, it is possible to drink it chilled when served as a liqueur. Mezcal has a large variety of more or less complex aromas. It has a large palate of floral and vegetal aromas. Aged Mezcal offers more unusual woody aromas, due to its conservation in oak barrels. In gastronomic restaurants Mezcal is sometimes suggested to customers who are looking for the authenticity of an exotic region. In Mexico, Mezcal is the reference in alcoholic drinks, so tasting Mezcal in a starred gastronomic restaurant is like an initiation to a journey through Mexico. Chefs who serve Mexican food are naturally inclined to advise Mezcal to accompany their dishes, but Mezcal is also an interesting alcoholic drink to savour as an aperitif to accompany appetisers.
In some gastronomic restaurants, barmen propose cocktails made from Mezcal.
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