Looking for the best tequila tasting in London?

March 21, 2023

Looking for the best tequila tasting in London?

When it comes to finding the best tequila tasting in London you don’t have to look very far. You definitely don’t need to get the Tube or a bus. You don’t even need to walk there. In fact when it comes to finding the ultimate tequila and mezcal masterclass you don’t even need to leave your front door, because with HOMETAINMENT we bring the masterclass to you. The best tequila tasting in London? It’s in your HOME.

Our Artisanal Mezcal and Tequila Tasting is hosted by mixologist, drinks connoisseur and HOMEtainer David. All you need to provide is an ice, and up to 19 of your pals can enjoy your own private masterclass making it ideal for a birthday or celebration.

Of course the masterclass starts with margarita cocktails! You’ll then be transported to Mexico as David walks you through the rich history of tequila and mezcal, he will teach you the artisanal process of tequila and mezcal production and introduce you to different samples to savour, not forgetting a nip of an exclusive tequila or mezcal from a rare collection of small, difficult to source producers. 

Want to swot up before the tasting? Then buckle up fact fans, it’s time for a whistle stop tour of the difference between tequila and mezcal. 

Three shot glasses with a chilli flake rim sitting on a chopping board.

What’s the Difference Between Tequila and Mezcal?

All tequilas are mezcals but not all mezcals are tequila, in the same way that champagne is a sparkling wine but not all sparkling wines are champagnes. That’s because mezcal is any agave based spirit and whilst tequila is made of agave, it has to be made from blue agave - agave tequilana and can only be produced in the Mexican states of Guanajuato, Jalisco, Michoacan, Nayarit and Tamaulipas.

A bottle of agave spirit and two shot glasses, in front of fields of agave plants.

What are Tequila and Mezcal Made From?

Whilst both tequila and mezcal are made from the agave plant, tequila is made from the heart or piña of the blue agave plant whereas mezcal can be made from a whole range of agave plants, one of the most popular is the espadin agave plant.

A glass of margarita with a lime wedge garnish in front of a dish of nachos and avocados.

How are Tequila and Mezcal Made?

Once the blue agave has been harvested by a jimador, the leaves are removed and the piña is steamed which turns the complex carbohydrates into fermentable sugars. After being steamed they are crushed to release the sugary sap. Yeast is then added to the fermentable sugars to help it convert to alcohol and then it is distilled twice to create tequila. Mezcal however sees the agave piña being slow cooked in fire pits in the ground which is what gives it that smokey flavour. 

A bird's eye view of a bottle of agave spirit and lemon wedges on a chopping bottle garnished with chilli flakes.

Of course if you book our Artisanal Mezcal & Tequila Tasting experience with HOMEtainer David you’re going to come away as a tequila and mezcal aficionado.

Whether it’s your turn to plan date night, you’re organising your birthday or you just want to hang out with your friends, this experience is so easy to plan. Just choose a date, book and tell your friends!

Already booked this experience and want to try another one of our liquor tastings? When it comes to other spirits why not try our Whisk(e)y - Tasting, Stories and Cocktails experience or our Unique Regional Caribbean Rum Tasting. Want to learn more about wine? Try Wine Tasting - The New Spain with HOMEtainer Romain. Or learn which fine cheeses pair perfectly with different premium wines with Cheese and Wine Pairing.

About the Author: 

Antoine Melon

With an impressive 25 years of experience in opening and running restaurants and hotels all over the world, HOMETAINMENT co-founder Antoine Melon is an expert in the art of hosting, or as he would say "L'Art de recevoir”.

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