• Mar202017

    Common Knowledge

    Maestro Graciano tells us all about the different species of agave and what they’re known as locally.

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  • Feb152017

    Keeping up tradition. Stories from the Palenque

    Maestro Graciano tells us how the mezcal tradition is passed down from parents to children.  The peoples’ knowledge at the…

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  • Jan092017

    Stories from faraway places

    Stories have been told of Nahua men disguised as wild, drunken cats, wielding mezcal soaked whips, in frenzied dances lashing…

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  • Nov182016

    El Perlado

    ‘El Perlado’; a centuries old technique. The ‘pearls’ allow the Maestro Mezcalero to judge consistency, body and the alcoholic content…

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  • Nov122016

    Don Alejo’s Palenque

    In the Mexican state of Oaxaca, as you leave the central valley and head up towards the Sierra Madre del…

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  • Oct302016

    The Guardian: Mezcal’s meteoric rise continues, but not all industry insiders are ready to toast

    Mezcal is a cultural product that fulfills a social function within communities. It’s necessary to try to measure its immense…

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  • Oct242016

    Puro Síncopa Ep. 24, Davidoff Yamasá & Gente de Mezcal

    A night of cigars and mezcal, nuances and notes. We savoured the smoke and the spirit of our mezcal and…

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  • May102016
    Mom-and-pop mezcal makers are accusing regulators of trying to industrialize and standardize an artisanal activity, along with appropriating the name. Photograph: Omar Torres/AFP/Getty Images

    The Guardian: Don’t call it mezcal: Mexico may force artisanal producers to use a new name

    As the smoky liquor becomes mainstream, small mezcaleros are decrying new rules that would prohibit them from calling it by…

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  • Aug172014

    The Guardian: Mezcal: the mystical drink with its own culture and tradition

    Mexico produces just 2m litres of mezcal a year – less than 1% of the production of the country’s more…

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