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Oaxacan Rum: From the cloud forests to the international market

This October I had some epic journeys deep into the Sierras of Oaxaca, traversing over cloud covered mountains, down muddy switchbacks, through coffee and banana groves..
– Anna Bruce

Following Mezcal’s Footsteps, Mexican Rum Is on the Rise

With sugar cane growing abundantly in states like Veracruz, Tabasco, Puebla and other coastal areas, it was only a matter of time until some of the countless small-scale producers dotted across the country began sending spirits north of the border. In the United States, we’re only just starting to see the tip of the ultra-artisanal iceberg hit the market, with two prominent, though loosely defined, styles leading the zeitgeist.

Colorado Mezcal Brands Work With Oaxacan Producers to Fight COVID-19

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

Branding Mezcal for Export from (Oaxaca) Mexico: The Starkman Factor

…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.

Las Almas Rotas Is the Sweet Spot for Mezcal Education

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

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Live From Mexico: Read Spear, Real Mezcal

Jimmy is on the horn with Read Spear, President of Origen Imports inc. in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Tso'ok Rum

For something a bit different this week, Read Spear and Carlos Mendez Blas of Tso’ok Rum join us..

Read Spear: Storytelling With Each Sip

Read Spear is a determined, ambitious, and insightful business person…

Read Spear & Mike G: Spirits, Music, and Projects

The wonderful Read Spear of Cuentacuentos Mezcal offered to interview me over a chat with some coffee in Oaxaca…
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