Cuastecomate or the amazing jicara

Cuastecomate or the amazing jicara

If you’ve ever been to Oaxaca you’ve seen the dried gourd halves in all the markets where there are piles of them in sizes ranging from those that fit the palm of your hand to those that are bigger than your head. We in the mezcal world know them primarily...

New mezcal tours for 2019

It’s a new year so it’s time to start planning your mezcal travel. That’s what we always do. What, you consider that abnormal? With more and more people planning their travel around food and beverages, we just gave our tours page a whole new look,...
Mezcalero #18 tasting notes

Mezcalero #18 tasting notes

Ansley Coale at Craft Distillers continues a stellar run of small batch releases with the Mescalero #18. This is a mix of Bicuixe, Madrecuixe, Mexicano, and Espadín from the Miahuatlan area. Don Valente is the maestro mezcalero behind this bottle as well as the...

Mezplained

Ever have that experience of meeting someone at a bar and they talk your ear off for an hour about mezcal, sustainability, traditions, and all the palenques they’ve visited? Can’t get a word in edgewise? It’s even better when you’re a woman and...
Mezcal myths and marketing

Mezcal myths and marketing

I’m always happy when mezcal gets the limelight treatment. Gone, hopefully, are the days when the trend in major media was to talk about it as “tequila’s smoky cousin” or a labored description of it as something other than the bottle with the worm in it. Sadly mezcal...