You've probably heard it mentioned before that taxes on mezcal are very high but in Mexico, they're astronomical. There are two different taxes levied on alcohol, the Impuesto Especial en Productos y Servicios or IEPS, puts a 53% tax on
A few years ago the CRM decided that in order to make certified mezcal transparent and traceable all bottles would have a hologram with a QR code on them. Scan that code and you’d learn everything about its contents; where
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
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This past week Tales of the Cocktail managed to happen successfully in New Orleans. For a few minutes there it seemed like the apocalypse was going to descend, fortunately it was spared and the confluence of bartenders, spirits producers, and
Ley de Desarollo Sustentable de Maguey-Mezcal – a new proposal to protect traditional mezcal production
The below article was written by Rion Toal who has been on the ground in Oaxaca for the past several years working with the Maestros del Mezcal AC. He is also the importer of Mezcales CUISH, NETA and soon, Amormata. For
[caption id="attachment_25071" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] [media-credit name="Vago" link="http://www.masmezcal.com/mezcalvago/2017/12/8/tepeztatesierra-negra-8ljd2-9rsgb-y734b-33krw" align="aligncenter" width="1500"][/media-credit] A close up of Mezcal Vago's limited edition Sierra Negra bottle.[/caption] Vago’s latest release, an incredibly small batch of Sierra Negra by Aquilino Garcia Lopez highlights smart and ethical behavior in the mezcal world. Each bottle that Vago releases is accompanied by a blog post that includes a highly detailed tech sheet that delves into everything you’d want to know about the bottle, the agaves and processes that produced it, and the people who made it. Dig into that, spend some time with it, think it over. All that information helps you put the scope of work that brought that bottle to you into perspective.
The Mexican Industrial Property Institute known by it’s Spanish language acronym IMPI recently expanded the number of states that belong to the mezcal appellation. IMPI added the three states of Estado de Mexico (the state that surrounds and includes Mexico City), Morelos, and Aguascalientes. That means that the Consejo Regulador del Mezcal, the CRM, which is the Mexican semi-governmental body which regulates mezcal, can now certify mezcal producers in those states as legally producing mezcal.
As you may have noticed there was a huge explosion on social media last week about the Consejo Regulador del Mezcal (CRM) in Oaxaca. The CRM makes the rules for mezcal so this was big news: The headquarters were locked and sealed, Hipocrates Nolasco Cancino the leader of the CRM chained himself to a gate, there were wild rumors about a takeover and then, on Tuesday morning, everything seemed to go back to normal.