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10 Things You Should Know Before Drinking Mezcal

10 Things You Should Know Before Drinking Mezcal

By Sarah Weinberg, Deputy Editor, Sarah Weinberg Is The Deputy Editor At Delish, Has Covered Food, Travel, Home, Lifestyle For A Number Of Publications, Including Food Network Magazine, Country Living.

Mezcal is a distilled spirit made from the agave plant, which is also how we get tequila. There are more than 200 types of agave plants, 45 to 50 of which are used to make mezcal, Gaston says. The word "mezcal" literally means "roasted agave," Gaston shares. Three things set mezcal and tequila apart. TobalĂ  is referred to as "the king of mezcals" because the agave plant is more scarce and harder to harvest.