Agave blind tasting #2

Agave blind tasting #2

Taking advantage of being in the backyard of Khrys Maxwell we developed some programming around Mexico in a Bottle San Diego by co-hosting a blind tasting of agave distillates at Tahona Bar in Old Town San Diego last Monday. It was a rainy night, so sipping through...

Spirited women

Just back from the San Antonio Cocktail Conferences (my recap is here) where I was able to attend some terrific seminars helmed by a few leaders in the industry, who happen to be women. I say it like that because I am becoming increasingly uncomfortable with how...

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...

Better mezcal through chemistry

The mellifluously titled “Volatile Compound Profiles in Mezcal Spirits as Influenced by Agave Species and Production Processes” by Araceli M. Vera-Guzmán, Rosa I. Guzmán-Gerónimo, Mercedes G. López, and José L. Chávez-Servia has some tantalizing research into the...