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Bottle of Mezcal Vago Elote sitting on a wooden table, in front of a mixed white and wooden background

Mezcal Vago Elote

Mezcal Vago Elote is exported by Mezcal Vago. Founded by American-born Judah Emanuel Kuper, Vago works with small, traditional palenques in southern Oaxaca to bring their mezcal to the market. As a brand, their aim is to empower these local mezcaleros who are masters of the craft, while also helping us consumers experience truly great mezcal. The exporter is currently owned by Heaven Hill company. This particular bottle of Elote mezcal is made in Candelaria Yegolé, Oaxaca by mezcaleros Temo and Mateo García (listed as “Hijos de Aquilino García”). It was the signature recipe of mezcalero Aquilino García Lopéz, who unfortunately passed […]

Bottle of Yuu Baal Mezcal Joven sitting on a wooden table, in front of a mixed white and wooden background

Yuu Baal Mezcal Joven

Yuu Baal Mezcal Joven is produced by Grupo Yuu Baal – a Mexican company founded by Flor de María Velásquez and Jorge Alberto Ramírez Márquez. In addition to operating their own family-owned distillery, they also collaborate with various other native Oaxacan mezcal producers. Yuu Baal is produced in San Juan del Río, San Luis del Río, Tlacolula, and Miahuatlan. They take pride in their traditional and sustainable practices, and their mezcals are made by hand each step of the way. This particular bottle of Mezcal Joven is produced in San Juan del Río, Oaxaca under master mezcalero Isaías Martínez Juan. It is made using 7 year old Agave […]

Madre Mezcal Artesanal Ensamble Flask

Madre Mezcal Artesanal Ensamble Flask is the smaller bottle version of Madre Ensamble – an artisanal mezcal produced by the brand Madre Mezcal. Founded by U.S.-based duo Tony Farfalla and Stefan Wigand, Madre partners with local families in Oaxaca with generations of Mezcal experience. According to the founders, Madre was first brought to the U.S. as a bootleg version in plastic bottles. Now a fully fledged company, Madre works with three main families based in Matlatan, Miahuatlan, and San Dionisio to produce the different expressions of handmade mezcal. This particular expression of Mezcal Ensamble is a blend using Espadin and Cuishe […]

Lucy Pistolas Mezcal

Lucy Pistolas Mezcal is produced by Agricola y Mezcal de Jaral in San Felipe, Guanajuato. First launched in 2019, the Lucy Pistolas brand aims to pay tribute to revolutionary women and their impact on society. The fictional woman on the bottle symbolizes the ongoing struggle for women’s rights and recognition, as well as the real women who fight to make it happen. Lucy Pistolas Mezcal is created with Salmiana Agave, grown sustainably by nurturing the natural reproduction cycle of the plant. Each agave reaches 10-12 years of age before being slow-cooked for 3 days in an above ground oven. The juice is then extracted and distilled using a […]

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El Silencio Mezcal

While mezcal might not be ubiquitous like tequila, I’ve recently been noticing a larger selection of bottles in a variety of stores. And if you’re looking for an introduction to this uniquely flavored spirit, El Silencio Mezcal could be a good option. Mezcal is the name for spirits produced in Mexico using agave plants. This might sound oddly similar to tequila, but that’s because tequila is technically a type of mezcal. However, tequila is only made from blue agave while mezcal can use one of fifty different agave plants. El Silencio uses the heart (piñas) of espadín agave plants which are then roasted to produce a distinct smokey […]