The sum of all cane – Paranubes

What is it Paranubes is a rum distilled from sugar cane juice in Oaxaca’s Sierra Mazateca region which is almost due north of the city of Oaxaca far off in the mountains. It is distilled by Jose Luis Carrera and imported by Vago. It hit the US market in June and is...

Is mezcal sustainable?

The evening before this year’s Mezcal: Mexico in a Bottle San Francisco we hosted a panel titled “What We Talk About When We Talk About Sustainability” to dig into the raft of questions about sustainability in the mezcal industry. Aside from our debt to Raymond Carver...

Retasting Vago

Damn, it’s been almost a month since a really nice Vago tasting at St. Frank in San Francisco. I blame the delay on the twinned Komil and mezcal in media outbursts which consumed almost all of our attention recently. Oh and all those tastings we’re...

Bien picado

Bien picado is a term you don’t come across that often in the mezcal world but it’s rich in associations. Literally it means  “well eaten” or “nibbled.” It refers to agave plants which, after their quiote is cut off, are attacked by...