Clay pot still vs Copper pot still are two of the most common distillation methods in mezcal. Steel is used more by industrial companies; here we want to focus on traditional and artisanal ones.
The clay pot is much smaller compared to the copper pot, the ones I visited in Santa Caterina Minas which is known for clay pot distillation, are only 60 liters capacity compared to 200 liters capacity of the copper pot. A clay pot has two parts and a top metal pan for cold water. When it is running, steam from the heated distillate in the bottom rises to the top chamber and hit a copper saucer ( swipe to see the picture), where cold water is added frequently. The steam is collected through various things, swipe to see the pic how it is collected through an agave leaf. The copper pot is used in other spirits distillations, where vapors rise through a tube, then they go through a swan's neck to be collected.
Because of the small production of clay pot distillation and how labor intensive it is, mezcal from clay pot tends to be more expensive. I was told that clay pot mezcal has a very distinct taste and is a favorite by mezcal collectors and fans. I haven't had the opportunities to try them side by side, but as a proud owner of 4 clay pot mezcal from Espadin, Tobala, Pechuga to Tepeztate, I am eager to share with my friends Faith, Anders, and Mark this weekend.
Tour guide: Dary Dasilva @conejo_mezcofago
La tentacion, Maestro Delix Cruz
La Descendencia, Maestro Felix Angeles
Gracias a Dios, Maestro Oscar Hernandez @graciasadiosmezcal
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