What is the difference between tequila and mezcal? I get this question all the time, as I imagine most people do who are in and around mezcal. It is a fundamental question on the path to mezcal enlightenment.
Tobala – Single Village Mezcal The Tobala maguey is found growing naturally only in the highest altitude canyons in the shade of oak trees like truffles. Tobala’s form is different than the maguey Espadin (sword) or maguey Azul (blue).
Tobaziche (part of the Karwinskii agave family, which includes madre cuixe, barril and more varieties) is often harvested wild and can make for a herbaceous, savory mezcal. Bottle to try: Pierde Almas Tobaziche Mezcal Joven ($120).