The Differences Between Tequila & Mezcal

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Mezcal is quickly gaining popularity in American bars all across the country. While both of these spirits from Mexico are made from agave, that’s about all they have in common. Here are a few of the key distinctions between these two alcohols:

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All Tequila May Be Mezcal; Not All Mezcal Is Tequila

Tequila is a specific type of mezcal, similar to how bourbon and scotch are different types of whiskey. According to experts in the field, any agave-based liquor is classified as a mezcal. Tequila is included in this definition. However, since it only comes from certain regions of Mexico, as well as the fact that it is only produced from blue agave, means that it is only one of many mescals.

The Difference Is In the Agave

There are over 30 varieties of agave. The most common that are used for mezcal include tobalá, tepeztate, arroqueño, espadín, and tobaziche. These variations of agave make up to 90% of mezcal.

They Come from Different Regions

Although there may be some geographical overlap, mezcal and tequila primarily come from different areas of Mexico.

Tequila is made in 5 regions:

  • Michoacan
  • Jalisco
  • Guanajuato
  • Tamaulipas
  • Nayarit

Mezcal is produced in 9 regions:

  • Guanajuato
  • Durango
  • Guerrero
  • Tamaulipas
  • San Luis Potosi
  • Zacatecas
  • Michoacán
  • Puebla
  • Oaxaca
  • A couple of other distinctions between tequila and mezcal include a different distillation process, as well as different labeling.

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