How to Buy the Best Mezcal

How to Buy the Best Mezcal Like a Pro    GQ Magazine

Making good mezcal takes hard work. Agave plants can take decades to ripen, are a pain to harvest and ferment, and require serious skill—and a bit of good luck—to distill into something delicious. Which is why cocktail writers and bartenders have spent years celebrating mezcal as the ultimate craft …  Head down to mezcal-loving Oaxaca and you’ll quickly learn that “joven”—“young” or unaged—mezcal is the way to go. While you can get tasty aged mezcal, it generally doesn’t improve with time in oak the way whiskey does. Aging robs the spirit of its vegetal bite and other savory complexities that make it so fascinating to drink…

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