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What happens when the world is forced to shut down and all of the usual gathering places and events to learn about agave spirits are shuttered? Well, we get creative and put together an online program platform of interactive talks

Tosba boxPuns and seasonality aside I really am stunned by the leaps in mezcal world design. Bottle shapes and label design have always expressed the awesome creativity seeping out of Mexico but now people are creating all sorts of other containers. This last trip to Oaxaca presented me with two: Hopefully this article will prompt still others. Rest assured I'm also working on a piece specifically about label and bottle design so send me your thoughts on those fronts as well. For now I just want to talk about a few boxes. Wood boxes for alcohol have always been special.

[caption id="attachment_3842" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Omar Hernanez in his taller Omar Hernanez in his taller[/caption] If you're really into mezcal you have probably already been acquainted with Omar Hernandez's creations. He's a Oaxaca based ceramicist whose copitas are starting to pop up in bars and restaurants in the United States but cover the walls, shelves, and anything else they'll sit on at his taller at Alcalá 303 in Oaxaca. It's on the main drag just down from Santo Domingo and next door to Oro de Oaxaca which makes it difficult to miss.

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