Last week SquareMeal and Nuffnang UK invited a few bloggers to socialise at Mestizo, a Mexican restaurant on Hampstead Road.
They started bringing out the drinks and mentioned tequila and mezcal tasting... oh boy.
There's an old Mexican saying: "For everything bad, mezcal. For everything good, the same."
Mezcal is another Mexican liquor made from agave different from tequila.
Speciality Brands, gave us a bit of an education on Mexican drinking culture and agave. Best fact of the night: agave is NOT related to cacti nor aloe vera; agave is a cousin of *drumrolls* good ol' ASPARAGUS. Yes. One big "Really?!" really!
Tapatio Blanco. This was a light tequila - smelt lethal but tasted a bit smoother than expected. Pleasant. Reasonably priced at the £22-25 mark, too.
They paired the dish with a shot of 5-year old Don Fulano Imperial.£80.
We had chips. Lots and lots and lots of chips. They were good chips. In a cute bowl.
Sopes and chicken flautas topped with more sour cream, mole sauce, cheese and onions!
And then there was Ilegal Joven Mezcal (It's not really illegal mom!)
This was rather interesting and I'm not just saying this because of the cute fruit shell specially imported to serve it in. It's unaged mezcal, smoky and earthy in flavour. It also tasted a bit sweet and for some strange reason I thought there was a hint of mint. Interesting. A bottle usually starts from £33.
Our last dish was a mini cheese empanada with quazamole and fried tortilla strips.
It was a good night, indeed.
Muchas gracias Squaremeal y Nuffnang y Mestizo!
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