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In the mezcal world “cordon” means the ring of bubbles that forms around the edges of a jicara when filled with mezcal. Obviously the mezclas has to be in that 45-50% ABV range for the perlas to form. Mezcaleros and aficionados frequently look for the cordon both as a measure of the mezcal’s potency but also as ane elemental form of beauty.

Read more of our entries in the Mezcalistas Encyclopedia of Mezcal and email us questions or ideas for future entries.

Max co-founded Mezcalistas with Susan way back in 2012. Before that he was a journalist at Salon.com and The San Francisco Chronicle.

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