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The question of who regulates mezcal should be easy. Unfortunately it's a complicated matrix of Mexico's bureaucratic structure, economic imperatives, and global branding initiatives. The simplest way to describe it is that the Mexican government: Creates Denominaciones de Origen (DO)

Details Location:  San Dionisio OcotepecAgave: Espadín / A. angustifoliaMaestro Mezcalero: Margarito G. Garcia and Artemio García CruzQuantity: 2,000 litersLot: 001ABV: 46%Tasting keywords: Rich roasted agave, mesquite.NOM: NOM-070Buy it today Artemio with Espadín bottle. Nose Classic rich agave sugar, fresh cut grass. Taste The Esfuerzo Espadín

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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 new rules around allowable levels of furfural and methanol in mezcal. Both furfural and methanol are naturally occurring chemical compounds and are in a whole host of food and beverages in the human diet. But like anything else, in large amounts they can be poisonous. In the alcohol industry this is particularly true so both chemicals have been regulated wherever regulations have been in place.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Is it really mezcal?[/caption] 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 this past spring. But now a new struggle has emerged between one faction that argues that the term should be applied to those who have a claim to tradition. But the profound irony of their stance is that "mezcal", per the new NOM definition, now means less 'traditional product' than 'anything goes.'

[caption id="attachment_25071" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] [media-credit name="Vago" link="http://www.masmezcal.com/mezcalvago/2017/12/8/tepeztatesierra-negra-8ljd2-9rsgb-y734b-33krw" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]Mezcal Vago Sierra Negra[/media-credit] A close up of Mezcal Vago's limited edition Sierra Negra bottle.[/caption]   Vago’s latest release, an incredibly small batch of Sierra Negra by Aquilino Garcia Lopez highlights smart and ethical behavior in the mezcal world. Each bottle that Vago releases is accompanied by a blog post that includes a highly detailed tech sheet that delves into everything you’d want to know about the bottle, the agaves and processes that produced it, and the people who made it. Dig into that, spend some time with it, think it over. All that information helps you put the scope of work that brought that bottle to you into perspective.

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