Mezcal’s global march

Mezcal’s global march

Just this week we clued into the existence of yet another new agave spirit that only confirms that where agave grows, distilling is always an option. Welcome Leonista, an agave distillate from South Africa which addresses the label question with “100% Karoo...
Tasting the ether

Tasting the ether

Recently I snagged the last ticket to an intimate mezcal tasting at ABV’s refashioned upstairs event room. Marco Ochoa and Andrea Hagan from Oaxaca’s Mezcaloteca and Mezcouting were in town and had coordinated a tasting with ABV’s Ryan Fitzgerald. The audience was a...

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...
Mezcal Vago has a new partner

Mezcal Vago has a new partner

Word out of Tales of the Cocktail is that is was a stunning success under the new owners, which is good news for the industry. In addition to all of the awards news (congratulations Don Rogelio of Del Maguey!) there was also the usual chisme to sort through. Part of...
What just happened with the CRM?

What just happened with the CRM?

As you may have noticed there was a huge explosion on social media last week about the Consejo Regulador del Mezcal (CRM) in Oaxaca. The CRM makes the rules for mezcal so this was big news: The headquarters were locked and sealed, Hipocrates Nolasco Cancino the leader...