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Language: Spanish

Description: A colourless alcoholic liquor distilled from a type of maguey, or agave, which also harbours a particular worm or gusano. One of these short fat worms is added to each bottle of the drink. Some say that the smoky flavour of the drink derives from the worm, others that the worm gets its smoky flavour from the plant. In Oaxaca you may find a gusano or two fried and served at a restaurant. There is some suggestion that the worm in the bottle started with a commercial campaign to rid a bottler of a poor crop of maguey which was infested with worms. The gimic caught on.

One of many mezcal shops in Mitla in Mexico, near which there are large fields of agave

Pronounced: MEHS-kahl
Ethnicity: Mexican
Most frequent country: Widespread
Better known as: mezcal

See places: Spanish food and cuisine, Mexican food and cuisine

See drinks, wines etc: tequila

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