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Gusano Rojo Mezcal

Gusano Rojo Mezcal was one of the first mezcals to be exported from Mexico, and it is still widely distributed throughout the globe to this day.

About this mezcal

Gusano Rojo Mezcal is produced in Santiago Matatlan using maguey Espadin (agave Angustifolia). It is double distilled and aged at least 2 months in oak and white oak casks before being bottled for distribution. Gusano Rojo first was exported in 1978, and there’s a very interesting pre-Denomination of Origin article about the brand in the Associate Press from 1987: The Worm is Just for Flavor.

Gusano Rojo Mezcal

Mezcal Gusano Rojo claims to be one of the first mezcals to include the worm in its bottle. Legend has it that an employee of the bottling plant, Jacobo Lozano Páez, came up with the idea in the 1940s, before this mezcal got it's current name. The name "Gusano Rojo" comes from the worm that grows in the agave, and can be considered as a delicacy with aphrodisiac properties.

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