TEQUILA vs. MEZCAL  |  Riviera Nayarit, Mexico  |  Every destination I go, I try to embrace as much local information as possible, and with the help of my local contacts, always I like to learn about the typical drinks. This time in Mexico to subject is of course the Tequila, but also the Mezcal, not very well known by many, but very important for Mexico. So the Four Seasons Punta Mita, assigned their Tequila Sommelier, to give us a tasting class. Tequila is a type of Mezcal, made off a very particular type of Agave.

Tequila is a distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, 65 kilometres (40 mi) northwest of Guadalajara, and in the highlands. All Tequilas go through two distillations. There are three different types of Tequila, and we tasted all of them. Silver Tequila, which is supposed to be drank along with Sangrita – made with Seville orange, lime and pomegranate juices, with chili powder or hot sauce. This Tequila is used as an appetitive.

Rested Tequila, with the taste of oak barrels since it is rested for a period of time in them, allowing for richer and more complex flavors. Used primarily for cocktails, like Margatitas. And third the Aged Tequila, with the main use for after dinner drink, served in a glass similar to the Cognaq.

Tequila’s taste is determined by the Blue agaves. Those grown in the highlands region are larger in size and sweeter in aroma and taste. Agaves harvested in the lowlands, on the other hand, have a more herbaceous fragrance and flavor. Forget about all those rules to drink Tequila, the only and right way to do it, is by zipping it through. And before you drink Tequila, to cleanse your palate, take a pinch of salt and some lime juice. Then you are ready for the experience.

As for the Mezcal, is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the maguey plant, a form of agavenative to Mexico. The word mezcal comes from Nahuatl mexcalli – metl and ixcalli which means “oven-cooked agave. In Mexico, mezcal is generally consumed straight and has a strong smoky flavor. Though mezcal is not as popular as tequila (a mezcal made specifically from the blue agave in select regions of the country), Mexico does export the product. Hope you like this little introduction, our tasting went a bit further, but you will have to try it yourself. At the Four Seasons Punta Mita, they also do tastings of Mole, cheese among other local delights. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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