Monte Alban Mezcal 70cl 40% ABV
One of the most legendary drinks in the world, Mezcal's mystique was created over hundreds of years and follows it to this day. What is it about Mezcal that has given it such an avid following? What makes it so unique?
Mezcal dates back from the sixteenth century when the Spanish conquistadores has conquered the New World. When they ran out of their traditional rum, the battle scarred fighters looked for something else to celebrate with. The Aztecs near the mountain top settlement of Monte Alban in Oaxaca had cultivated a certain species of agave cactus for juice which they would ferment into what they called pulque. The Spaniards, wanting something much more potent than pulque, began to experiment with the agave. First, they chopped it up to be cooked. The juice was then pressed out, fermented for several days and finally distilled. The result was Mezcal.
Traditionally, every bottle of true Mezcal made in Oaxaca Province contains an agave worm. Since the agave worm inhabits only the species of cactus that Mezcal is made from the agave worm signifies genuine Mezcal, made in the traditional way. The worm isn't there for looks. It is meant to be eaten. Because it is believed by many that within the worm lies the key - some say it unlocks the door to a world of wondrous experiences, others say it sets free a spirit of celebration. Still, others say that eating the worm locks in the enchantment and excitment of Mezcal. The worm then holds different keys for different people and there's only one way to see what yours will open, try it!