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"Oaxaca’s mezcaleros have been social distancing for centuries, having settled in the isolated habitats of the wild agaves used to make mezcal. But their secluded, self-sustaining lifestyle, which provides natural, built-in protection from outside threats, also poses certain problems. And in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the mezcaleros’ literal survival will define the future of mezcal itself." --Tony White [Read more...]

Ángel Robles taking a sample of fermented agave to test specific gravity

 


 

"...product is one thing, but the comprehensive corporate philosophy is another, for me perhaps more important than price and the contents of the bottle." --Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D. [Read more...]

Starkman's Ethical Six

"One night this week, Read Spear, owner of Cuentacuentos brand of mezcal based in Oaxaca, spoke. Which is how I spent the evening in the dark and funky embrace of our best mezcaleria, sampling mezcal and stories with 65 like-minded imbibers. It left me very much the wiser and thirsting for more." --Eve Hill-Agnus of D Magazine [Read more...]

Bartender at Las Almas Rotas

 

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