The world of agave: flavour camps from The Whisky Exchange

Tequila and mezcal differ in many ways, but they share a common origin: the heart of the agave. From this remarkable plant, the people of Mexico derive their two national spirits, each one with its own qualities and nuances

Mezcals from The Whisky Exchange

Mezcal is the wider term for Mexican spirits distilled from the fermented juice of the agave plant. Tequila is one type of mezcal, made using only blue Weber agave in the state of Jalisco – where the vast majority of Tequila is made – and certain designated areas elsewhere in the country. These twin spirits vary enormously, sharing numerous commonalities as well as points of difference. There’s a wide world of Mexican spirits out there, which is why The Whisky Exchange has developed agave flavour camps, to help you find a delicious bottle. See below to learn more.

Agave flavour camps by The Whisky Exchange

Green and grassy

Fortaleza Blanco Tequila

Easy-drinking and refreshing, filled with vibrant notes of cut grass and green peppers.

Try: Fortaleza Blanco Tequila

Fresh and fruity

Del Maguey Vida Mezcal

Packed with bright, fruity flavours, these spirits provide a bold character that will excel on its own and stand up in cocktails. 

Try: Del Maguey Vida Mezcal

Fruit and vanilla

Ocho Blanco Tequila

These spirits are full of juicy fruit and soft spices, providing depth and warmth, but still vibrant and fruity. 

Try: Ocho Reposado Tequila

Mineral and funky

Madre Mezcal Ensamble

These spirits have a wide range of often unexpected flavours from stony minerality to hints of funky exotic fruit.

Try: Madre Mezcal Ensamble

Woody and spicy

Storywood Reposado Tequila

This is all about the flavours of maturation with layers of warming spices and rich woody notes. 

Try: Storywood Reposado Tequila – Speyside Cask Aged

Intense and smoky

Los Siete Misterios Pechuga Mezcal

These spirits have a bold, smoky backbone with warming, peppery spice and hints of fruity agave. 

Try: Los Siete Misterios Pechuga Mezcal