Welcome to a journey into the heart of Oaxaca, where the spirited essence of Mexico bubbles from the earth, infused with the smoky soul of Mezcalum. Here at Mezcalum, we craft a mezcal that not only tantalizes the taste buds but also embodies the rich tapestry of time-honored Mexican traditions. Every sip tells a story of zero carbs, zero sugar, zero additives, and uncompromised authenticity — a true reflection of our dedication to an all-natural, Non-GMO, vegan-friendly celebration of heritage.

What Makes Mezcal Smoky?

The signature smoky flavor of mezcal that aficionados cherish stems from a meticulous and traditional production process, rooted deeply in Mexican culture. Unlike its cousin tequila, mezcal is defined by its production process where the heart of the agave plant, known as the piña, is cooked in earthen pits lined with lava rocks and filled with wood and charcoal before being covered with earth. This underground roasting can last anywhere from three to five days and is crucial for imparting the deep, rich smoky flavor that mezcal is renowned for.


After the piñas are sufficiently roasted, they are crushed, traditionally by a stone wheel turned by a horse, to extract the juices needed for fermentation. This process allows the natural yeasts to work their magic, fermenting the agave juice into a mash that captures the essence of the smoke, the earth, and the inherent flavors of the agave.

Is Mezcal Always Smoky?

While smokiness is a defining characteristic of many mezcals, the intensity and complexity of the smoky flavor can vary widely. This variability is influenced by factors such as the type of wood used for roasting, the duration of roasting, and even the specific species of agave. At Mezcalum, our focus on using Espadin and the rare Cuishe agave from Oaxaca's central valleys ensures a unique profile of smokiness that is both refined and robust, reflecting the terrain and the tradition of its origin.

What Gives Mezcal Its Smoky Flavor?

The smoky flavor of Mezcalum mezcal is a direct result of our ancestral roasting process. By cooking the agave in a pit over burning wood and charcoal, the piñas absorb the smoky flavors while caramelizing the natural sugars within. This not only contributes to the distinct smokiness but also adds layers of complexity and depth to the flavor profile. It's this traditional method, passed down through generations and preserved by our Maestro Mezcalero, Carlos Méndez Blas, that makes each bottle of Mezcalum a testament to artisanal craftsmanship.

Why Does Mezcal Have a Smoky Taste?

The smoky taste of mezcal is not just a byproduct of its production but a deliberate enhancement that celebrates the spirit of the earth. It's about more than just taste; it's about a sensory journey back in time to the very roots of Mexican spirit-making. At Mezcalum, we cherish this smoky profile as a key characteristic that distinguishes our mezcal from other spirits, providing a unique drinking experience that invites connoisseurs and curious sippers alike to explore the depths of its flavors.

FAQ

What is mezcal?

Mezcal is a traditional Mexican spirit made from the agave plant. Unlike tequila, which is made only from the blue agave, mezcal can be made from over 30 different types of agave and is distinguished by its smoky flavor.

How is mezcal different from tequila?

The key difference lies in the production process. Tequila is typically produced by steaming agave in industrial ovens, while mezcal is made using a traditional method of pit-roasting the agave, which imparts its characteristic smoky flavor.

What are the best ways to enjoy mezcal?

Mezcal can be enjoyed in many ways, whether sipped neat, with a slice of orange and a sprinkle of worm salt, or used as a base in sophisticated cocktails. Each method offers a different way to experience the rich, smoky complexity of Mezcalum.

Where can I learn more about Mezcalum's mezcal?

Visit mezcalum.com to learn more about our artisanal methods, commitment to tradition, and the unique agave varieties we use.

Dive deeper into the heart of mezcal with Mezcalum and embrace the smoky spirit of Mexico's majestic landscapes with every sip. Discover more about our process and products by visiting Mezcalum.com.