Agave Beyond Tequila
Agave piñas for mezcal are slow-cooked with a smothered wood fire. (Emma Janzen/"Mezcal: The History, Craft & Cocktails of the World's Ultimate Artisanal Spirit" (Quarto Press))
From the Nov 30, 2017, issue

Tequila may be considered as a defined subset of mezcal. Both are made from agave, but tequila can be produced only from blue agave. But Mezcal has a broader production area and can use many different kinds of agave. Wine Spectator's Gordon Mott explains.

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