Abocado

Abocado

Abocado not avocado, let’s get that straight right out of the chute. They’re vastly different words for vastly different things. Abocado is one of those funny words that has vastly different meanings depending on the context. In the word of associations...
Perlas

Perlas

Perlas is literally translated as “pearls” and means the little bubbles that form on the top of mezcal when it is agitated. It’s a beautiful term for a phenomenon associated with our favorite spirit, but something else is going on on when you shake...
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...

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...
Tina

Tina

The tina is the fermentation vessel for mezcal. The exact translation in Spanish is tub, bathtub, vat, or large jar. Traditionally these are made from wood similar to a large wine barrel with an open mouth. Originally fermentation vessels were animal hides and...

Viñaza

This is the liquid waste that remains after distillation. Literally the word means “cheap wine” which is both a call back to all the wine and mezcal associations like Viño del Mezcal and probably a terrifyingly accurate description of what viñaza is in the...