Mexican bitters make a stand

Mexican bitters make a stand

If you look closely at many a mezcal bar you’ll find three bottles of Mexican amari that really stand out from Royal Vallet in Mexico. The Fernet-Vallet, Amargo-Vallet, and Granada-Vallet are imported by Jacob Lustig of Haas Brothers which is also responsible for Don...
Eulogy for a mezcal bar

Eulogy for a mezcal bar

I was really sad to hear that Chicago’s Quiote and downstairs mezcaleria Todos Santos have closed. We’ve worked with both closely at Mexico in a Bottle in Chicago and have always enjoyed their hospitality. Quiote, helmed by chef Dan Salls delivered an amazing Mexican...

Live the experience of global mezcal!

That’s the title of this video promoting “Vive Mezcal,” a new mezcal event in Oaxaca scheduled for this coming September 12-14th. As you can see the video is heavily business focused, very well produced, and culminates with a candle lit hipster celebration. What’s...
Agaves De Michoacan: Cupreata & Inaequidens

Agaves De Michoacan: Cupreata & Inaequidens

Learning about agave varieties is fun but complex. Particularly outside of Oaxaca where the regions have less resources and it is a slower process to officially distinguish and classify agave species, the communities rely on internal knowledge. One of the most...
Michoacan: 400 years of mezcal history

Michoacan: 400 years of mezcal history

Mezcal history is always a little murky, and often-times the best sources are trusted people’s stories, rather than historical texts. This is especially true in Michoacan, where mezcal was forced underground–both figuratively and literally for a long stretch of...
The Tequila Dictionary

The Tequila Dictionary

American Distilling Institute Director of Spirits Information Eric Zandona has written The Tequila Dictionary, a very useful guide to all things tequila while connecting it to the world of agave spirits. He obviously sucked up tons of information while living in...
Delving into the ancestral category

Delving into the ancestral category

Intro Wahaka’s second new project of the year is a back to the future Ensemble en Barro. Details Location: San Dionisio Ocotepec Agave: Cultivated 80% espadin and 20% arroqueño Maestro Mezcalero: Alberto Morales Mendez ABV: 45% Batch: 170 bottles NOM: O148X Background...