Read a Pacult article in Wine Enthusiast about the differences in these two spirits. His description enticed me to go out and buy some and at the same time reject his assertion that Mescal should get more respect.
1. Describes tastes of burning rubber and creosote (MMMMM!!!)
2. Singe distilled in Mexican towns with little or no regulation. (HMMMM?)
3. Variety of cactus used, such that just about anything can be included.
4. Worm in the bottle is fairly common. (Drinks and Appetizers?)

Anybody want to chime in on why I should or shouldn't spend some of my bourbon cash on Mescal?