El Rey Zapoteco is an exceptional Mezcal. The main difference between Tequila and Mezcal is the Agave used. Tequila can only be made in Tequila (Jalisco, Michoacan, Guanajuato, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas) and by law only blue Agave or “agave tequilana weber”. The Agave used in Mezcal can be up to 30 different varieties of Agave; though the main variety used is Espadin. Mezcal can be produced in most Mexican states, including Oaxaca, Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas, and Michoacan, with the majority of mezcal production occurring in Oaxaca.
What about the worm?
Try to avoid “gusano” or the worm. In Mezcal its a cheap marketing ploy in order to mask what is really low quality Mezcal. Plus… It’s just gross.
Is all this stuff gold colored?
The fact is if you find a Mezcal or Tequila that is inexpensive and gold colored it’s probably colored with a caramel color instead of being aged like a Reposado or Anejo. The aging is what gives Mezcal and Tequila it’s color from the toasted barrels it is stored in. Most “joven” or young Mezcal and Tequila are silver in color and are meant to be that way. The subtle differences in flavor are what these spirits are all about…
If you are looking for the real thing… Get El Rey Zapoteco!