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Mescal is one of the oldest distilled drinks on the American continent (since 1535), and was even created before tequila (which dates from the 19th century); both drinks are distilled from the agave (a close relative of the cactus that has grown in Mexico for the last 9000 years). Mescal contains 100% agave whereas tequila only has 51% minmum agave.. Mescal and tequila both have a guarantee of origin, supervised and protected by the Mexican government. For mescal, the Mescal Regulation Council (COMERCAN in Spanish) certifies the factories and the goods they produce by adding stamps ascertaining their quality, to avoid counterfeits. Mescal can only be produced in the states of Durango, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, Guerrero, Oaxaca, and in the town of San Felipe in the state of Guanajuato. Tequila, meanwhile, is made in Jalisco and parts of Michoacan, Guanajuato, Nayarit and Tamaulipas. Eight years of patient care are needed to grow an agave to the point where it reaches sufficient maturity to be harvested and processed to obtain mescal. There are three types of mescal:- silver (known as “Joven” or “blanco”): a drink obtained from immediate distillation.- aged (known as “Mezcal reposado”): a drink that is left to settle for two months in wooden containers (or barrels) made of white oak or live oak.- extra-aged (“Mescal añejo” or “añejado”): a product that settles for one whole year in similar white oak or live oak containers or barrels but at a controlled temperature and with limited access to light.