About Mexican SPIRITS

Mexican spirits are all about beverages made from the agave plant, with the two most famous products being tequila and Mezcal. These products range from rustic and rough to polished and world-class; they are enjoyed by the common man as well as celebrities and they are consumed throughout Mexico as well as in the United States and many other countries.

While both tequila and mezcal are made from the agave plant, mezcal can be produced from many varieties from several area, while tequila can only be made from the blue agave and only from the Jalisco district.

There are several types of tequila, from the most basic, clear examples that can be sipped or serve as the base of numerous cocktails, all the way up to aged (añejo) versions that have gold or amber colors, smoky, caramel and honeyed aromas and a long, elegant finish that are meant for after dinner enjoyment on their own or with a cigar.

Tequila had become an enormous industry in Mexico and today the product is made by small family-owned companies as well as large multimillion dollar beverage giants.

There is also a small amount of liqueurs made in Mexico, such as those made from honey, coconut and even local flowers such as the Xtabentun; production is limited, but quality is quite high.
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Agave Gin
Clear color. Grainy aromas of dill, smoked caraway and cantaloupe, orange peels and grilled pineapple, and juniper berry marinade with a round, crisp, dry light body and a warming, complex, medium-length arugula and rye, polish, lemon oil and honey on tire, and black pepper finish. An interesting and tasty mezcal-like gin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab