Frequently Asked Questions
Mezcal is one of the oldest spirits in the world, with more than 500 years of heritage, and distilled from Mexico’s sacred plant, the agave. The name “mezcal” comes from the Nahuatl - mexcalli word meaning “cooked agave.” Crafted mostly by hand in small batches by Maestros Mezcaleros (traditional Master distillers of Mezcal) working in remote communities throughout the country that often lack basic utilities.
One of evolution’s wonders, the agave plant has proliferated into the more than 200 biodiverse species. Moreover, out of this species only 20 have the correct levels of sugars to produce mezcal, each one with unique characteristics and flavors. In 1995, the 'Designation of Origin' was awarded the category, establishing 9 different mezcal producing regions, representing the remarkable variety that characterizes this unique spirit, which boasts an unparalleled range of aromas and flavors.
It can be confusing at first glance, since the two drinks come from the fermentation and distillation of agave, but there are many differences between them.
The first is the type of maguey that is used to make it. Tequila can only be created from blue agave (Agave tequilana Weber var. Azul), while mezcal can be made with more than 20 types of maguey.
The denomination of origin (DO) also varies between both distillates; Tequila can only be produced in some municipalities in five states (Jalisco, Nayarit, Michoacán, Tamaulipas and Guanajuato). In contrast, the designation of origin of mezcal (DOM) is broader, covering some municipalities of Oaxaca, Guerrero, Michoacán, Tamaulipas, Durango, Guanajuato, San Luis Potosí, Zacatecas and Puebla.
Finally, the clearest distinction is found in the flavor, the mezcal has an intense smoky flavor and changes with the type of maguey used, and the tequila is usually a little sweeter and more floral, not perceiving the agave flavor as much.
Mezcal Amarás es más que una empresa; es una filosofía. Cree en un mundo mejor y por eso ha desarrollado un modelo holístico, “De la semilla a la copa”, que conecta, inspira y define lo que nos hace diferentes en el mundo del mezcal, y en el que hasta el 20% de la venta neta de cada botella se destina al desarrollo de iniciativas internas y de responsabilidad social.
We handcraft our mezcal with the best Maestros Mezcaleros from 3 mezcal regions in Mexico; Oaxaca, Guerrero, and Durango.
Mezcal Amarás is a company built through love; love for the sun, for the land and the people who work it, and most of all, love for Mexico and its sacred plant - the agave.
From the beginning, Mezcal Amarás has focused on making this project sustainable; that is why we plant, on average, seven agaves for every agave harvested. We started our reforestation program, planting our first Tobalá agave which we harvested for Mezcal Amarás Logia, launched in 2019. By 2015 we had collected the seeds of more than 6 species of wild agaves to be placed in our nursery such as Mexicano, Tobalá, Cupreata, Jabalí, and Tepeztate. At present, we've planted more than 150,000 seeds.
Currently, our portfolio works with 5 agaves; Espadín, Cupreata, Cenizo, Sierra Negra, and Tobalá, but our nursery holds more than 18 types of agave ready to be sown.
Mezcal Amarás maintains two of the oldest methods of crafting mezcal; artisanal and ancestral, with the collaboration of Maestros Mezcaleros and their long-standing traditions, dating back more than 500 years.
Mezcal Regulatory Council (Consejo Regulador de Mezcal - CRM) classifies each category as:
- Ancestral Mezcal: Cooked in a traditional oven, milled in tahona, fermentation and distillation with bagasse and distilled in clay pots.
- Artisanal Mezcal: Cooked in a traditional oven or masonry, milled in tahona, fermentation and distillation with bagasse and distilled in copper stills.
- Industrial Mezcal: Cooked in a diffuser, milled with a grinder, fermentation without bagasse in stainless steel tanks and distillates in stainless steel, distillation columns without bagasse.
Mezcal Amarás honors the heritage of all Maestro Mezcaleros. Today, we collaborate with more than 18 Maestros Mezcaleros with the idea to continue recruiting the finest producers in order to distribute the wealth, maintaining traditions and creating local jobs.
We look for long-term, honest, win-win relationships with each one, supporting them with industry and business training and a fair price on mezcal. Each Maestro Mezcalero we work with is vetted and chosen for the quality of his mezcal and ethical way of working.
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