Mezcal vs Tequila! Which do you think is best? Do you know which one has the worm? If you’re going to party hardy, this is important information to know.
Mezcal vs Tequila
Tequila is a type of mezcal. But mezcal is never tequila. It is very confusing. Many people mistakenly think that they are the same thing. Many people think there is supposed to be a worm in their tequila, but there never is. Here is an easy to remember primer for all this important doing shots stuff.
Mezcal is a distilled liquor from the agave plant. Tequila is made by distilling the BLUE AGAVE plant. There is a law in Mexico that states anything called tequila must be made with at least 51% blue agave. There are over 250 different types of agave plant. There is only one blue agave plant. And those plants are native to Jalisco, Mexico.
So What’s with the Worm?
Why is there a red worm or maguey worm sitting in the bottom of some brands of mezcal? Nobody really knows. It is said that eating the worm gives you superpowers, but hey, it is common to roast and eat these worms in Southeastern Mexico during their season. Given it is a normal part of the diet, likely it was added to make the bottle a little more attractive to the consumer. But, hey! They’ll give you superpowers – ask anyone in the bar, they’ll tell ya.
Roberto at Roberto’s Cantina is an owner in an agave farm in Jalisco, Mexico. If you are interested in trying a shot of tequila and mezcal to see which you like best, he will definitely help you out with that. He’ll even let you eat the worm, if you’re deemed worthy and can handle the superpowers.