Mezcal is a misunderstood spirit. Partly, because no one really knows what mezcal is. But, did you know that tequila is technically a mezcal? What makes them taste different is derived in the production technique and the types of agave used. Mezcal is a Mexican distilled spirit made from the agave plant whereas tequila is made from a single type of agave plant- the agave tequilana or more commonly known as blue agave, and can only be produced in the state of Jalisco and in small parts of four other states.
Unlike tequila, mezcal can be produced from up to 28 varieties of agave. Mezcal is generally produced in Oaxaca but legally can come from anywhere in Mexico. The agave gets slow-roasted in a large conical pit in the ground, fermented naturally in wooden vats and distilled in small copper and sometimes even clay stills. Mezcal traditionally has a very smoky flavor which makes it easily distinguished from tequila.
What does this mean for you? Well, come to TCO where we have created your own unique mezcal tasting experience. With 265 different spirits offered behind our bar we recognize that sometimes you need us to guide you through the process of selection. Our bartenders will walk you through everything you need to know to make the best selection of our eight different types of Mezcals for your palate or let it be the bartenders’ choice; try one or try all eight! Either way we know you will not be disappointed with this unique and educational tasting experience.
The mezcal flight is served in clay copitas; small, shallow, circular clay shot glasses. The wide rim and shallow depth allows the natural properties of the mezcal to be present and also the nose to not be overwhelmed. Mezcal is traditionally made in a clay still and by serving our tasters in a clay copitas, it allows the spirit to showcase its natural characteristics.
How could it possibly get any better? Well, we offer chili-lime roasted crickets in a fourth copita on your tasting flight. Crickets? Yes, crickets. They serve as palate refresher, they are sustainable and it’s the perfect touch to our mezcal flight? Try it. Seriously. Come visit us. Let us take you on our mezcal experience.
Our friend’s over at 303 Magazine came in for National Tequila Day to experience a Mezcal Flight with us and you can click here to see what their experience was like!