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1707 Mezcal Artesanal
By: Lobos

Mezcal is popping up on menus around the country, but many wonder what sets the spirit apart from tequila. Agave spirits connoisseurs praise the liquid for its distinct flavors of smoke, spice paired with the traditional taste of fresh agave. For those dipping their toes into the world of agave spirits, or looking for their new favorite liquid, Lobos 1707 is here to help set the record straight.

The explanation is less complicated then you think! All tequilas are mezcals, but not all mezcals are tequilas because technically, mezcal is defined as any agave-based liquor. Tequila is included in this grouping, but the liquid can only be called “tequila” if the agave derives from specific plants in Mexico, including Blue Weber Agave which is used in all Lobos 1707 tequilas.  Mezcals are more loosely defined and can be derived from a variety of agave plants, including Espadin agave which makes up 100% of Lobos 1707’s MezcalArtesanal offering.  There are also more regions in Mexico that Mezcal is cultivated in, rather than the limited specifications for tequila.

Oaxaca is center for mezcal production and is where Lobos 1707 Mezcal Artesanal gets its sultry, smoky and slightly spicy flavors from roasting in a conical fire pit reaching 900 degrees Fahrenheit in heat. The agave is then ground in a horse-pulled Egyptian mill, before finishing in the PX (Pedro Ximenez) barrels from Spain using the solera method. This differs from the tequila process, typically utilizing a slow cooking method and allowing the liquid to ferment before distillation.  Lobos 1707’s Mezcal Artesanal goes further to honor the authentic Mezcal Espadin, with a black bottle representing the volcanic soil where the agave grows. With an intense flavor profile of deep, gradual smoothness and a lasting smoky finish, the Mezcal Artesanal is truly a choice for the bold to be enjoyed on its own or in a creative paloma.

Available at ReserveBar $55

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