All tequilas are mezcal, but not all mezcals are tequila and this is a good thing! As a producer of mezcal, the town of Tequila had acquired a certain notoriety by the early nineteenth century. Based on this, the Mexican government created an appellation of sorts around the area of Guadalajara and Jalisco which today defines Tequila. The good news here is that there are 5 states and 2 additional territories which can still lay claim to Mezcal. The result is an amazing array of artisan spirits which still reflect the long, distinguished and authentic history of agave spirits in Mexico. Regretfully, much of what has been known as mezcal outside of Mexico has been cheap, poor quality, and often had a worm in the bottle. The worm, of course, was a marketing gimmick and it masked the chemical taste of poorly-produced mezcal. In stark contrast to this sad production, is Sombra, made from organically farmed, high altitude agave that are expertly distilled in the traditional method. Sombra is a testament that world class agave spirits do exist outside of Tequila.