About Blanco Mezcal

About Blanco Mezcal
Blanco mezcal is a spirit from Mexico that can be made from as many as 18 different types of the agave plant, some cultivated and some wild. Most are produced in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. A blanco mezcal is distilled in a copper still (sometimes double distilled) and is not aged in oak, thus preserving a clear appearance.

Mezcal is often confused with tequila, as both are made from agave. But while tequila must be made from one specific blue agave, mezcal can be produced from eighteen different types of agave (maguey). There are two types of mezcal, those made exclusively from maguey and those made from at least 80% maguey mixed with other ingredients. Mezcal has similar aging terms as tequila, such as reposado and añejo, but generally mezcal is more of an artisanal product, so examples of mezcal vary more than tequila.

Most are double-distilled, while some are triple-distilled and then aged for several years in oak barrels. Flavors range from smoked herbs and pepper to tobacco and charred fruits. Serve these on their own, in an adventuresome cocktail, or with a cigar.

Top Picks for Blanco Mezcal

Del Maguey San Pablo Ameyaltepec Single Village Blanco Mezcal
97 points
Funky and fruity with light smoke and nice heat, this is exceptionally delicious.
Del Maguey Minero Single Village Blanco Mezcal
96 points
Cocoa nibs, smoked leather, citrus, roasted berries, grilled nuts... so much complexity and deliciousness; nom nom nom.
Lobos 1707 Blanco Mezcal Artesenal
96 points
An delightfully rich, complex Mezcal for all manner of occasions.
Salvadores 70 400 2020 Artesanal Espadín Joven Mezcal
96 points
A complex and interesting Mezcal with a wonderful balance of spice, smoke, and sweet that keeps you coming back to the glass.
Centella Ensamble 4 Variedades Artesanal Joven Blanco Mezcal Batch No. EE-01
95 points
Alluring and seductive with smoky notes that lift and elevate all the other flavors on the palate; take a savory, flaky pastry, add cream cheese and fresh fruit... now make it Mezcal.
Patatús Mezcal Ancestral Joven
95 points
Aggressively funky, smoky, and delectably different, with an intense and rich nose.
Montelobos Espadín Joven Mezcal
95 points
A sweet, savory, and funky fun Mezcal that will surprise and delight your palette with every sip.
Centella Espadín Artesanal Joven Blanco Mezcal Batch No. 4E-01
94 points
Swirls of smoke and sweet and spice dance around the palate; bold yet inviting, this wonderful sipper craves further exploration.
Mina Real Blanco Mezcal
94 points
Fruity, savory, and sweet in a super tasty menagerie; something about this makes you want a smoky pulled pork sandwich.
Se Busca Joven Mezcal Artesanal
94 points
A delicious benchmark loaded with grilled green fruit and flowers.