Mescal is also known as mescal a well produced distilled alcohol beverage made in Mexico from the maguey plant. This plant grows in many different parts of Mexico. The Spaniards started experimenting with the maguey plants and try to make distillable freshmen drink and the result produce was mescal.
The mescal is still now till date made from the maguey plant. The plant is called pina, the same plant which was available 200years ago. This drink is similar like tequila but not popular as it. The product is export to Japan and US and yet many other regions from Mexico.
The alcohol is free from substance like Mescaline and Psychedelic. Mescal is handcrafted by small scale producers; there are villages that produce different types of mezcal, using the methods that have been passed through generation and generation using the same old technique.
The procedure might look simple but can only be done by the expertise. Harvesting the plants which are of forty kg, extracting the pina by chopping the leaves or roots of the plants. Getting the pina cooked for three days in a pit oven which is earthen made. This cooking style gives mescal a smoky flavor. Following with the crushing of the pina with a grinder wheel that is turned by the help of a horse. Later left to ferment in large barrels that are added with water.
This allows the pina to ferment and result in liquid collected and distilled in pots made of copper or clay. And then are modified with different type of flavor to the product. This product is then packed in bottle then sold. These mezcal brands have started becoming a well know alcoholic drink in many regions.
Mescal is as similar as tequila, and the distillations process is also carried twice. The distillation carrying with process one comes with 75 proof that is 37.5% alcohol by volume known as Punta. To raise the alcohol percentage the distilled process is then raised second time.
Depending on type of mescal you can added it up to two types, the one that is made out of 100% maguey and the second is the a mixture of other ingredient with 80% maguey. They are different category of brands, the white mescal is clear and hardly aged, the golden is not as old with coloring agents added, the resposado or anejado which is aged as is placed in barrel for a period of two to nine months, and the best is the general category that is aged for 3 years.Read More