Capón

Capón

Capón means castrated in Spanish and that’s basically what it means when applied to agave. The agave life cycl is simple, they sprout, mature over years – potentially decades depending on the variety – flower so that they can reproduce, and die. As...
Milpa

Milpa

La milpa is a traditional Mexican agricultural practice. Traditionally the major crops were beans, corn, tomatoes, peppers, and squash but can include many other local permaculture or perennial crops like agave, avocado, sugar cane, or potatoes. Each crop would either...
Cordon

Cordon

In the mezcal world “cordon” means the ring of bubbles that forms around the edges of a jicara when filled with mezcal. Obviously the mezclas has to be in that 45-50% ABV range for the perlas to form. Mezcaleros and aficionados frequently look for the...
Shishe

Shishe

A word for the first distillation of a mezcal, especially in Oaxaca. This being Mexico and the mezcal world, it’s far from the only word for the first distillation. Last week’s Encyclopedia of Mezcal entry on “ordinario” tells you that much....
Ordinario

Ordinario

Mezcal seems simple but it’s full of complexity. It’s natural that the vocabulary of mezcal is quite detailed: There are words for every tool, nuance, and step in the process – and many change by location. So, it makes sense that ordinaro –...
Abocado

Abocado

Abocado not avocado, let’s get that straight right out of the chute. They’re vastly different words for vastly different things. Abocado is one of those funny words that has vastly different meanings depending on the context. In the word of associations...