A Visit to Raicilla La Reina

A Visit to Raicilla La Reina

When Silvia Gonzalez Lopez moved to the U.S. her husband got sick and the doctors couldn’t figure out what was ailing him. While he couldn’t work she spent long days at a meat packing facility in Iowa, sending money back to her father-in-law to provide for her three...
Moving the conversation forward

Moving the conversation forward

The post below comes from Khrys Maxwell, former agave educator with Tequila Fortaleza and frequent Mezcalistas collaborator. Most blind tastings are done to award points and medals all based upon someone’s preferences and sometimes, politics and money. I’ve had the...
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...
Contramar at 20

Contramar at 20

Quietly, Contramar celebrated 20 years in business in 2019. As it surges into the third decade of life it’s time to take a second to admire what it is and how much the world has changed since it got here.  For those who haven’t had the experience,...
Quiquiriqui Mole Pechuga tasting notes

Quiquiriqui Mole Pechuga tasting notes

Tasting notes details Location: Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca Agave: A. angustifolia – Espadin. Maestro Mezcalero: Carlos Mendez BlasVintage: 2019 ABV: 49% Tasting Keywords: Pine, cayenne, citrus oil. NOM: O20X Nose A touch of sugar cane, freshly grated orange...
Quiquiriqui Espadin tasting notes

Quiquiriqui Espadin tasting notes

Nose A Matatlan espadin with a wide cut of cane sugar complemented by lemon zest. Taste Soft, round body full of roasted mesquite accented with orange peel. It has a very mellow flavor profile that would be equally perfect in a cocktail or as an introductory mezcal....
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....
Mezcalistas goes on a Tequila trip

Mezcalistas goes on a Tequila trip

The Fortaleza industry trip to Tequila has a reputation as one of the most fun ways to explore the agave-spirit focused region just outside of Guadalajara, Jalisco. After experiencing it for myself, I can see why. The trip was packed with educational distillery visits...