Spirited women

Just back from the San Antonio Cocktail Conferences (my recap is here) where I was able to attend some terrific seminars helmed by a few leaders in the industry, who happen to be women. I say it like that because I am becoming increasingly uncomfortable with how...

Agave inflation or right pricing?

Agave prices in Jalisco just keep rising. Per a friend in the business blue agave in Jalisco is “27 (pesos/kilo) for good, mature, and ripe agave, 24/25 for unripe agave.” He also noted that it’s the rainy season now which is crimping supply. As he...

Better mezcal through chemistry

The mellifluously titled “Volatile Compound Profiles in Mezcal Spirits as Influenced by Agave Species and Production Processes” by Araceli M. Vera-Guzmán, Rosa I. Guzmán-Gerónimo, Mercedes G. López, and José L. Chávez-Servia has some tantalizing research into the...

Agave price update

It’s the heart of your mezcal and the culture around it but how much is the actual agave worth and who’s getting paid? And why is it so god damned expensive? There are no easy answers but lots of trends. For much of this year we’ve been hearing that the price of agave...

David Suro on the agave price spike

Yesterday Siembra Valles and Tequila Interchange Project founder David Suro posted the following to Facebook on the agave price spike that everyone has been discussing over the past months. In July it seemed like 18 pesos a kilo was extravagant, that was a huge topic...