what is mezcal
Aldez Mezcal Ensamble is a combination of three thoughtfully chosen agaves — Espadín, Jabalí, and Tobalá — from Oaxaca. Each boasts a personality of its own, developed through careful and continuous nurturing to evoke strong, yet delicate flavor palates, that are flawlessly blended together by the sensitive, expert handlers of Oaxaca, Mexico. Thanks to a taste profile that’s extremely difficult to achieve and Jabali’s rarity and extensive maturation process, there are only a handful of brands around the world that offer this blend.
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.
Mezcal can be divided into three types — Ancestral, Artisanal, Industrial — based on how modern or traditional the manufacturing process is. Artisanal Mezcal, like the Aldez brand, prohibits the use of autoclaves, diffusers, and column stills.
It is highly encouraged that a superior Mezcal not be consumed in a single sip — but instead, gently savored for every brilliantly complex and authentic note within.