What is Oaxacan mezcal?
Oaxacan Mezcal is in many respect similar to tequila as it is made from the maguey (or agave as it’s known in the north) cactus, Tequila however, unlike mezcal is made from the blue agave species. The name mezcal has its roots in one of the ancient native tongues of the area and translates as “cooked agave”.
Is Oaxaca known for mezcal?
This southern Mexican state, considered the “Capital of Mezcal” is home to about 70% mezcal production in the country. Oaxaca has the greatest diversity of agave plants resulting in a wide variety of mezcal flavors to explore.
Does Oaxaca make mezcal?
Mezcal was awarded its Denomination of Origin in 1995. Production was initially limited to six states, but has since expanded to include communities in 11 different Mexican states, although more than 70 percent of mezcal is made in Oaxaca. Unlike tequila, mezcal isn’t limited to one type of agave.
What is El Recuerdo de Oaxaca?
El Recuerdo de Oaxaca Joven is made with agave Espadin. This mezcal is not made at a traditional palenque, but instead at the largest, most modern distillery in all of Oaxaca.
How do you drink mezcal?
Sip it neat “The best way to drink mezcal will always be clean, in small sips similar to small kisses, always accompanied by a little water to cleanse the palate and hydrate,” Medina says. “In this way you can appreciate the different flavors and aromas of mezcal.”
Where can I buy mezcal in Oaxaca City?
If you are in Mexico City or Oaxaca City we recommend you stop by Mis Mezcales, a specialty mezcal shop whose owner is an endless source of information and whose shelves are stocked with small-batch, traditional producers that we guarantee are worth your time to try.
How do you pronounce Oaxaca?
The correct pronunciation of Oaxaca is wah-HAH-kah. The stress in Oaxaca is pronounced on the second syllable. The “oa” combination at the beginning of Oaxaca is pronounced as “wah”. The “x” is then pronounced as if it were an “h” in this case.
Who owns Recuerdo mezcal?
Jorge Masvidal has launched Recuerdo Mezcal in Florida, California and Texas with plans to spread out to more markets later this year. The two varieties, a Joven and Gusano, have been available in duty free shops in Mexico for about a decade, said Saul Moise, the U.S. commercial director for the brand.
Is mezcal same as tequila?
Tequila is a type of mezcal, much like how scotch and bourbon are types of whiskey. According to spirits writer John McEvoy, mezcal is defined as any agave-based liquor. This includes tequila, which is made in specific regions of Mexico and must be made from only blue agave (agave tequilana).
Do you refrigerate mezcal?
Like most American whiskeys (especially bourbon), mezcal contains a lot of natural congeners. These compounds are essentially what give the spirit its flavor, and chilling dulls these compounds. So never keep your mezcal in the freezer or fridge, and leave the ice behind unless you’re using mezcal in a cocktail.
How do you make an Oaxacan old fashioned?
- 1 1/2 ounces reposado tequila.
- 1/2 ounce mezcal.
- 1 teaspoon agave nectar.
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters.
- Garnish: flamed orange peel.