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...
Tasting blind is an entirely different experience

Tasting blind is an entirely different experience

We’re always working on new projects and this year’s Mexico in a Bottle San Francisco meant that we had an amazing confluence of the mezcal world in San Francisco and it was the launch of the Mezcal Collaborative so we decided to set up a blind tasting to...
Can’t get enough of a whole week of mezcal

Can’t get enough of a whole week of mezcal

Alas, Mezcal Week 2018 is in the books. Yet another year of amazing tastings embedded in an excuse to get out there and appreciate the amazing variety of Mexico’s national spirits. This year we continued our global march with extensive participation in Mexico...
Five years and still growing

Five years and still growing

This past Sunday Mexico in a Bottle had its fifth birthday in San Francisco with more than forty brands, more than two hundred expressions of mezcal (plus some tequilas, rums, and other Mexican spirits), great food from local restaurants, and cocktails. Let’s...
Mezcal Week 2018 is here!

Mezcal Week 2018 is here!

It’s the week we’ve all been waiting for, Mezcal Week 2018, That one week where bars and restaurants put mezcal front and center in flights, cocktails, meals, and screenings. The goal is to highlight our favorite Mexican spirit in all its variety and our...
How to manage mezcal tasting notes

How to manage mezcal tasting notes

The Mezcalistas Mezcal Tasting Journal An interior page of the Mezcalistas Mezcal Tasting Journal. The back cover of the Mezcalistas Mezcal Tasting Journal. When we started selling the Mezcal Tasting Journals we weren’t exactly sure how they’d be received....
An adobe brick building brigade

An adobe brick building brigade

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to talk to Richard Betts of Sombra Mezcal about the company’s foray into making adobe bricks from mezcal by-product. The idea is pretty simple, use viñaza and bagasso from mezcal production to make adobe bricks. Of course...

When does a mezcal deserve to be a mezcal?

What is a mezcal? Who can label their bottles with the word “mezcal”? Those are the existential questions that bedevil this industry. For a second there we thought that they were more or less settled, even if you didn’t like the result, with NOM 70...
Is Teslaquila a disruptor?

Is Teslaquila a disruptor?

Just when you think you’ve reached peak tequila along comes this Teslaquila story to blow all your assumptions out of the water. The latest chapter was Elon Musk’s October 12th tweet: Visual approximation pic.twitter.com/sMn3Pv476Y — Elon Musk (@elonmusk)...