Just like scotch and whiskey, within the Hispanic culture, there are two products with similar qualities. Mezcal, and tequila are two very similar products because they stem from a similar process. What makes them so different though? Well one reason is differences in agave, also the production styles are very different between the two. Out of the two mezcal is a very inquired tasted. Most generally tend to pick its cousin, due to tequila having a more favorable taste.
Tequila, and mezcal both come from the same culture, but their crafts differ from one another. One thing to know about tequila is; it is a product that was virtually created by the blending of two cultures. The native mexican tribes knew how to fermentate the agave, but it was the spanish influence, and knowledge of distillation. Which laid the foundation, and creation of the product we know today. Tequila can only be made in the Jalisco state with Blue Webber agave. Where as mezcal is predominately made in Oaxaca with any agave-based liquor. The process used to pick the agave plants is identical, but the process to cook the plant is very different for both. In tequila, the piña is cooked then the sugars are extracted from the plant. The mezcal process is more traditional. Ancient methods are used to cook, and extract the nectar from the plant. Due to the volcanic rocks used, mezcal will take on a smokier and bolder taste.
Two distinct products, with similar backgrounds, but created from the blend of two different cultures. Both are truly beautiful products, their crafts are passionate, and their presentation is classic. If you are ever given the chance to try both. I highly recommend that you do. Broaden your horizons, and journey into the craft of both.