Tina

Tina

The tina is the fermentation vessel for mezcal. The exact translation in Spanish is tub, bathtub, vat, or large jar. Traditionally these are made from wood similar to a large wine barrel with an open mouth. Originally fermentation vessels were animal hides and...

Better living through chemistry?

The CRM’s focus on chemistry in mezcal may not be that misdirected because there’s a gold rush on for synthetic alcohols. Check out this Verge article about Endless West’s pivot from synthetic wine to whiskey even if their logo has a very distinct...

A wine world case that mezcal should study

If you thought that the ongoing debate over the meaning of mezcal and its appellation is an isolated case, then it’s high time to explore and dig into similar arguments in the wine world. Ever since appellations were created for wines, arguments over who is in...
Fuerza Mexico! It’s a deal

Fuerza Mexico! It’s a deal

Tomorrow is Mexican Independence Day when we all celebrate “El Grito,” Hidalgo’s call for Mexicans to revolt. After a rough decade of war Mexico finally achieved independence, a fact well worth celebrating. It’s been a tough year for Mexico. We...

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...
Mezcal’s global march

Mezcal’s global march

Just this week we clued into the existence of yet another new agave spirit that only confirms that where agave grows, distilling is always an option. Welcome Leonista, an agave distillate from South Africa which addresses the label question with “100% Karoo...
Agave love in Baltimore

Agave love in Baltimore

Almost 250 people braved the stormy elements last Friday in Baltimore out of their burning desire to see the special screening of Agave: Spirit of a Nation. Now granted, Baltimore is home to filmmakers Matt Riggieri and Nick Kovacic, but given the always packed house...