Mezcal is a captivating spirit that’s as difficult to make as it is easy to enjoy. Originated in Mexico with a compelling history dating back to 250 CE, Mezcal is a distilled beverage that can be produced from 40-50 different species of agave plant, most of which are native to the magical region of Oaxaca.
There are over 200 known species of agave that are grown within Mexico — 30-50 of which are believed to be used in the production of Mezcal. While laws regulate that the production process designate five species of agave are used for its creation (espadin, maguey de cerro, maguey de mezcal, tobala, and mezcalero), it also includes any agave with the proper sugar content that grows within the eight regions of production as well. Tequila falls within the Mezcal category, but only the blue agave (agave tequilana) is used in the process.