What to Look For on the Label
WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL
The Name of the Plant
A good mezcal will tell you the names of the agaves used to make the spirit. Espadín is the heartiest of the agaves and produces some of the best mezcal. Wild Tobalá, Tobaziche, Madrecuixe, Tripón, Verde, and Barril are other well-regarded agaves.
The Alcohol Content
By Mexican law, mezcal can vary from 40 percent to 55 percent alcohol.
Eight Mexican states can make mezcal, with Oaxaca being the leading producer.
The bottle should say whether it was distilled in a clay or copper pot . Clay pots produce earthier mezcals, while copper makes for a smoother spirit.