TRADITIONAL MEZCAL

LEGAL CATEGORIES

CATEGORY
MEZCAL

Mass-produced and made with industrial equipment.

CATEGORY
ARTISANAL MEZCAL

Usually, masonry ovens or earthen pits and mechanical shredders or horse and tahona wheels are used, as well as an alembic-style copper still.

CATEGORY
ANCESTRAL MEZCAL

Use of an earthen pit oven, the milling is done by hand with a wooden mallet, and a Filipino-Mexican still is used.

TRADITIONAL MEZCAL

The legal categories focus mostly on the equipment used during the production process but exclude many socio-cultural and historical aspects. For that reason, the concept of traditional mezcal was created, which specifically includes these factors under a more comprehensive criterion. The production is based on a collective historical and mentality construct that has been passed down from generation to generation from the colonial period to the present. In order to be called a traditional mezcal, the following criteria must be met:

CULTURAL / TRADITIONAL