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100% Agave. Its mystique, created over hundreds of years, follows it to this day. What is it about Mezcal that has given it such an avid following? What makes it so unique? The Beginning: Mezcal dates from the middle of the sixteenth century, when the Spanish conquistadores had conquered the New World. When they ran out of their traditional rum, the battle-scarred fighters looked for some thing else to celebrate with. The Aztecas near the mountain-top settlement of Monte Alban in Oaxaca had cultivated a certain species of agave cactus for juice which they would ferment into what they called pulque. The Spaniards, wanting something much more potent than pulque, began to experiment with the agave. First, they chopped it up to be cooked. The juice was then pressed out, fermented for several days, and finally distilled. The result was Mezcal. The Legend: Traditionally, every bottle of true Mezcal made in Oaxaca Province contains an agave worm. Since the agave worm inhabits only the certain species of agave cactus that Mezcal is made from the agave worm signifies genuine Mezcal, made the traditional way. The worm isn't there for looks. It is meant to be eaten. Because it is believed by many that within the worm lies the key. Some say it unlocks the door to a world of wondrous experiences. Others say it sets free a spirit of celebration. Still others say than eating the worm locks in the enchantment and excitement of Mezcal. The worm then holds different keys for different people. And there's only one way to see what yours will open. Try it. The Drink: Mezcal is traditionally drunk like Tequila: that is, with a lick of salt and a bite of lime. For true tradition, use the mixture of sea-salt and spices attached it this brochure. You'll find Monte Alban Mezcal con Gusano to be smooth and mellow as a Mexican sunset. Yet underneath, you ll discover a potency reminiscent of the ancient Spanish warriors who invented it. Whether you take it straight or mix it, be assured that Monte Alban is true Mezcal. The proof is in every bottle. 40% Alc/Vol. (80 Proof). Product of Mexico.
Government Warning: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems.
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