Is tequila a mezcal?

Is tequila a mezcal?

No, tequila is just mezcal’s mellow cousin. Joke! As surprising as it may sound, that question keeps cropping up and recent developments in the tequila and mezcal worlds make for a renewed conversation. You’re asking the wrong question It may be trite but...
Jaguars and serpents rule my dreams

Jaguars and serpents rule my dreams

Balancan is a newish label designed to represent uncertified Mexican spirits. It comes to us from Ismael Gomez and Mackenzie Shults, the folks behind Laika Imports – recently added to the High Road Spirits portfolio – which imports Cruz de Fuego mezcal,...
The rise of the destilados

The rise of the destilados

As the world of mezcal turns we’re seeing agave spirits from everywhere but if you’ve been paying attention to mezcal’s home turf, you will have noticed a remarkable fluorescence of a new mezcal category, destilados de agave or agave spirits. These are mezcals which...