Understand the differences between tequila and mezcal

Although they are already known in Mexico, agave-based spirits are booming in the United States. Here are some differences between both mezcal and tequila.


Increase in consumption

Mexico is a major producer of tequila and mezcal, Oaxaca, located in the north is the most important supplier of mezcal.

Mezcal shipments to the United States have about quadrupled in the last five years. For its part, the tequila category has increased by 121% since 2012. A real benefit for their neighbouring country, Mexico, which now more than ever experiences record numbers in tequila exports.



The treatment of agave is totally different between tequila production and mezcal: the distillation process and the region of origin are very important. Tequila uses two varieties for its production. While mezcal, more diversified, has eleven varieties. The latter is more pronounced in taste, very smoky and vegetal for the taste buds, while tequila is smooth, herbaceous and fresh.

In tequila, the agave pines slowly roast during two or three days in the production process. For the mezcal, the pines require cooking in pits dug in the ground. This method resembles some a kind of barbecue.

So, which one is your favorite? Tequila or Mezcal?


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