Journey to the Sierra Mixe with Cuish

Journey to the Sierra Mixe with Cuish

There is nothing quite like the Star Wars soundtrack to make a journey from Oaxaca City to the Sierra Mixe more dramatic. It would have been a drive through the sierra like any other: the highway was closed so along the four hour drive we elevated from banana trees to...
Agave spirits come to California

Agave spirits come to California

Driving down the road to Craig Reynolds’ agave roast out this past Sunday. I passed groves of walnuts, olives, and grapes all powered by a chunk of the big irrigation canal that makes California such an agricultural powerhouse. All of that along with the freeway that...
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...
Durango is not Oaxaca, and that is just fine

Durango is not Oaxaca, and that is just fine

This is the second of a series of pieces about the mezcal scene in Durango by Tess Rose Lampert. Be sure to check out her first overview piece here. There is no denying Oaxaca’s unique magic, especially when it intertwines with the local mezcal traditions. It is...
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...
The furfural and methanol kerfuffle

The furfural and methanol kerfuffle

File this under blog posts that get lost among a pile of back to back events and a crazy fall… In a move to be transparent, Del Maguey posted a piece on its blog in September explaining that the ABV for a few of its expressions was going to increase because of...