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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 […]

Black bottle with white label and lettering

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 […]

Bottle of clear-colored Los Vecinos del Campo Mezcal sitting on a wooden table, in front of a mixed white and wooden background

Los Vecinos del Campo Mezcal Espadín

Los Vecinos del Campo Mezcal Espadin is produced by Mezcal Chichicapam, a group of local Mezcal-producing families in Oaxaca, Mexico. As a brand, however, Los Vecinos del Campo is considered a collaboration between Casa San Matías and Sazerac, who seem to take on the leg work of marketing and distributing their artisanal Mezcals. Overall, they seem to take great pride in the community spirit and dedication to […]