A brief history about the economic and cultural impact of the Agave.
An Authentic Product
To witness the Mezcal process in Oaxaca is to give life a deeper meaning. Due to its historic, economic and cultural relevance, the Agave landscape is recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO. The efforts to protect the endangered Agave and preserve its biodiversity are fundamental. With the Mezcal process, the traditional procedures are maintained to preserve its authenticity.
Mezcal Since Pre-hispanic Times
According to UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico), the process of distillation, used to elaborate Mezcal, was not introduced by the Spaniards in the XVI century, as it was once thought. It was used in 600 – 400 AC in the city of Xochitecatl-Cacaxtla, a pre-hispanic settlement located in Tlaxcala.
A high-quality Artisanal 100% Agave distillate is transparent, preserves the “Maguey” or Agave aromas and the “tears” or body can be seen when swirling the Agave distillate in a glass cup. When poured, small bubbles or “pearls” are formed which signal its alcohol grade. Somewhere between 45 and 55 alcohol grade may be considered a good Mezcal.
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