Las Nuevas Cronicas del Pulque

Las Nuevas Cronicas del Pulque

I received a fantastic anniversary gift, Las Nuevas Cronicas del Pulque y La Vagancia by Joel Castro. It’s an illustrated romantic story about being a vagabond in Mexico with pulque as liquid inspiration. These are the drunken writings and illustrations of someone...
The Dia del Mezcalero Experience

The Dia del Mezcalero Experience

When I first heard about CNI Brands’ Dia del Mezcalero last year, I was equally curious and skeptical of what a trip to Oaxaca with more than 30 people in the industry could possibly be like. Rumor said rough, with all of the usual organizational issues that...

The feminine mezcal – musings on words and marketing

A funny thing about writers block, sometimes the block is because there is a story begging to be written and until that is done, the other pieces have to wait. This is one of those moments. Before heading off to Mexico, a strange yet very powerful indicator of how...
Mezcalero 19 tasting notes

Mezcalero 19 tasting notes

Intro A really fun ensemble in the Mezcalero line that has some exceptional flavor gyrations. Details Location: San Luis del Rio Agaves: Cirial and espadin Maestro Mezcalero: Don Baltazar Cruz Gonzales ABV: 47.8% Distilled March 2015, released 2017 500 liters produced...
Back to the future with ensembles

Back to the future with ensembles

We’ve been through a few different eras of mezcal now in the United States (and I’m saying the US because as we all know, there are ample histories of mezcal in Mexico that are very different) and many appear to reflect what’s going on in the larger drinking culture....