On the road to the Tlacolula market you drive past some of the best Agave farms in the region. One of the producers has their entire production process open for who ever wants to stop in and take a peak. You are also welcome to try some of there product. Next time I would be very interested in touring Del Maguey single village mescal. Agave plants take 8-10 years (or longer) to mature, the first part of the process requires you take off all the leaves and what you are left with is the piña – which is also the Spanish word for pineapple, you can see why they call it that.Then the piña gets chopped up and roasted in a big pit in the ground.The roasted plants are then put in a large grinder And with some horse power Ground into a fine mush which is then double distilled From right to left you have Joven (young white) the one that Mezcal drinkers prefer these days as they see the others as copying Tequila which is perceived as a more industrial “product” not artisanal like Mezcal. Then you have two Resposado’s one con el gusano (with a worm) and the other just plain. Resposado means the Mezcal has been “rested” or aged in Oak barrels for around 11 months give or take and finally the Anejo can be aged for many years – depends on the distiller.In addition to having many, many flavors at this particular distillery – everything from coffee to strawberry (really strawberry Mezcal? Maybe the Pina Colada one was even worse, but hey if there is a market who am I to say anything) they also had several rather, um, creative vessels to hold the Mezcal in, everything from ejaculating erect penis bottles, breast and naked women bottles, but my favorite was the gasoline jugs. So there you have it, Mezcal in a nutshell. Cheers!
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