Mezcal – Types, Brands & Difference from Tequila

What is Mezcal

Mezcal is produced from approved agave in a way similar to Tequila. There are about 30 species of agave certified by the Mexican government for the production of it. To be classified as mezcal, the drink must come from any of the state-approved areas of production, which are Oaxaca, Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, San Louis Potosi, and Zacatecas.

Oaxaca has the highest number of Mezcal producers. It is very strong and has a smoky flavor. Worms that live in agave plants are handpicked and added to Mezcal while bottling, especially in the mezcal produced in the Southern state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Worms make mezcal a unique drink. Some also believe that it gives strength and the worm is an acquired taste, like the drink.


Some brands of Mezcal are:-

  • Gusano Rojo Mezcal.
  • Monte Alban.
  • Miguel de la Mezcal.



  • Tequila is distilled from agave tequilana whereas mezcal is distilled from about 30 certified varieties of agave.
  • Tequila is not bottled with a worm while some mezcal is bottled with the worm.


Tequila and Mezcal are drinks distilled in pot stills in government-certified areas in Mexico. The state of Jalisco is known for tequila and Oaxaca for mezcal, though they are also produced in other states. A good quality high-end tequila comes from 100 percent distilled of agave tequilana weber. Tequila is more popular all over the world as compared to Mezcal. Tequila is made from only one variety of agave while Mezcal can be made from any or combinations of the 30 approved species of agave. Tequila is served chilled and may be served in the traditional way, neat, on the rocks or with mixers. Mezcal drinkers prefer taking it neatly.