Mezcal: The Spirit
    of Mexico

    The saying goes: “All tequila is mezcal, but not all mezcal is tequila.” While similar in so many ways, true aficionados of the distillation arts know the differences. Discover what sets this complex and ancestral spirit apart.

  • Del Maguey Chichicapa
    (Core Village Series)


    Every sip is like travelling to the remote village of San Baltazar Chichicapa. Toasted corn, roasted agave, almonds, chocolate, and mint greet your senses as if to say “you are welcome here”.

  • Del Maguey
    Vida de Muertos

    A toast fitting the dead

    Sipped or mixed in a cocktail, Vida de Muertos is a special edition mezcal that is as versatile as it is complex. This is a celebration of flavour: peppers, flowers, and herbs. New to The Drop Collective and here to stay.

All tequila is mezcal, but not all mezcal is tequila.

Mezcal can be simply defined as any agave-based spirit, or alcohol distilled from the fermentation of the agave plant.  Mezcal can be made from a wide variety of agave plants, espadin agave being the most common. Tequila on the other hand can only be made with 100% Blue weber agave.   

Mezcal and tequila use different processes to “cook” the core of the plant, known as the piña. Tequila makers use brick ovens to steam and caramelize the piña. In mezcal making, an earthen pit oven (horno) use typically used to smoke and roast the agave cores from 3 to 5 days. It is this key differentiator that give mezcal its signature smoky taste.

Most mezcal is produced in nine different states in Mexico at various scales: Oaxaca (most common), Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Michoacán, Puebla, San Luís Potosí, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas.

Del Maguey Chichicapa

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Del Maguey Las Milpas

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Del Maguey Minero

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Del Maguey VIDA Clásico

The entry level expression of Del Maguey’s Single Village collection, VIDA...

Del Maguey Vida de Muertos

Naturally fermented and twice distilled in wood-fired copper stills. Vida de...

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