January 20, 2006

Scorpion Mezcal: Worms Are For Wimps

Scorpion MezcalWe didn't make any friends among Mezcal enthusiasts last year when we did our Tequila 101 roundup and called the drink the "bastard cousin" of tequila. What can we say? That's what we get for sampling so much while we were writing the post. It turns out that Mezcal was around before Tequila, and is more like the grand daddy, or maybe the rich uncle.

We're now getting our facts straight about Mezcal - now we know Tequila is a variety of Mezcal, much like Bourbon is a variety of Whiskey. But before we put on our pointy scholar hats we only knew two things about the drink. Number one is that you'll probably throw up if you try to polish off an entire bottle in a sitting, but that goes for just about any kind of liquor. Number two is that Mezcal bottles often come with a worm inside - we should know...we've eaten enough of those little bastards. But not all Mezcal goes the worm route, and while you'll often find bottles of the stuff without any critters swimming around in them, we've found one brand that goes a step beyond. Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you Scorpion Mezcal.

That's right, instead of a grubby little worm floating around, you can drink from a bottle that has a SCORPION in it. And apparently, even though the scorpion is a certified attention-getter, the drink is no gimmicky bottle of lighter fluid - it's won awards left and right. The Scorpion Silver scored 94 points from the Beverage Tasting Institute, the Reposado won a silver medal from the same institution, and Scorpion Anejo won "Best Mezcal" from Food & Wine magazine...the list just goes on. Scorpion Mezcal also offers two reserva bottlings, aged at 5 and 7 years, which are rumored to be astonishingly good.

We plan to run a review as soon as we can get our hands on a couple bottles, so keep an eye out here on the site. If you're looking for more information about the stuff, or where to go to pick up a bottle of your own, go to ScorpionMezcal.com. Oh, and by the way, you're not really supposed to eat the scorpion when you get to the bottom of the bottle - it's just for decoration - but if you decide to, make sure you chew VERY thoroughly.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at January 20, 2006 8:55 AM
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