In case you’re running a bit behind on getting something for your dad this Father’s Day, consider a bottle of mezcal. Mezcal, tequila’s big brother, is a big and strong liquor, just like dad is big and strong. A perfect match!
There are a lot of similarities and differences between mezcal and tequila.
- Both have to be made with the agave plant. Mezcal can be made with over 30 different varieties where tequila can only be made with the blue agave plant.
- The pina, the inside of the agave plant, is roasted very differently. In mezcal, after the agave plant is harvested, it is buried for 2-3 days in a pit lined with charcoal and volcanic rock then fermented in cooper stills. With tequila, the pina is steamed and oven roasted before distilling.
- Mezcal is fermented in open vats allowing natural wild yeasts in, so it’s flavor is unique to the area that it is made.
You can enjoy this earth-driven spirit on the rocks or in a cocktail for a more savory touch. Here are three mezcals perfect for a unique Father’s Day gift.
Named after the owl in Mexican folklore, El Buho has been around for over 5 generations. I think this is a great introduction mezcal for dad. Warm notes of salt, vanilla, and pepper that make this cocktail perfect for sipping or spicing up your favorite cocktail!
Del Maguey – San Louis Del Rio
Ron Cooper, creator of Del Maguey, has been making mezcal for over 20 years. They are known for their single village mezcals that each of their varieties are named after. Their San Louis Del Rio has bright fruit and a spicy, smoky nose. To make things even better, it is organic and sustainable.
Mezal Vago specializes in finding the best mezcals in southern Oaxaca. Try the Elote. They add roasted corn that is grown on the farm between second and third distillation making it a bit sweeter.
More about mezcal
On the nose, smoky and robust on the nose with notes of tropical fruit on the palate. It hails from eight different regions in Mexico, Durango, Guanajuato, Guerro, Michoacan, Oaxaca, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas and Zacateacs with Oaxaca making the most. Mezcal and tequila are aged simlarly. Plata, Blanco or Joven means young and fresh off of the still. Reposado is aged in barrels for two months up to a year and Anejo is anything over a year.