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For those wanting to take their taste for tequila to the next level, it’s time to meet its smoky, sexy and sumptuous sibling: mezcal.
Unlike tequila, which is made only from blue agave in select regions in Mexico, mezcal is made from the heart (or piña) from up to over 30 species of the agave plant. The piñas are cooked in underground pit ovens, which gives the spirit its distinctive smoky flavour, before being mashed and left to ferment. The liquid produced is then distilled in clay or copper pots, again altering the flavour.
Of course, the best way to get to grips with mezcal is to try a whole bunch of it. Which is why we’ve traveled the length and width of London to find the best bars to drink mezcal.