Mezcal Articles: Oaxaca Mezcal Archives

Blind Tasting: Agave Tobala Mezcals

This excellent Mezcal Reviews artice about my favorite agave Tobala mezcals really caught my attention and rightly so. It’s well written and fun to read. One point I especially appreciated that he made and I quote: Given all of the news from Oaxaca about the rarity of agave Tobala, you might think that Tobala mezcals […]

5 Types Agave Used to Make Mezcal

In this article by Food Republic entitled ‘Get To Know 5 Types Of Mezcal’ the writer Chantal Martineau does a fine job of explaining the 5 main types of Agave used in distilling Mezcal. Along with each type Agave discussed the writer also suggested a bottle of Mezcal made from that specific agave. Enjoy Espadín: […]

Locations to Drink Mezcal in Oaxaca

SAMPLING MEZCAL IN OAXACA Popular locations in Oaxaca to enjoy Mezcal mapped out for your convenience. Fortunately there’s something of a renaissance in mezcalerias in Oaxaca so you can get a great sense for the variety at any one of these 14 locations in Oaxaca. There’s no better place to fine-tune your taste buds to […]

Mezcal Bars Oaxaca

Gotta love Oaxaca and especially the variety of watering holes and restaurants that serve Mezcal in Oaxaca. Here are a few. Savoring the many tastes and flavors of Mezcal in Oaxaca is fun, safe and affordable. More to be list soon! mezcalistas.com Where to drink the local spirit when visiting Oaxaca The number of mezcalerías in Oaxaca, […]

2016 Mezcal Fair Oaxaca

There are many other events that take place in Oaxaca during the two weeks of the Guelaguetza festival, including concerts, exhibits, conferences and the International Mezcal Fair where you can sample different varieties of this alcoholic drink. Founded in 1997 this event is for lovers of the traditional Mexican drink, with competitions, traditional dances and […]

Names of Mezcal by Region

MEZCAL is the name given to any beverage obtained by distillation of fermented juices from an agave plant. Depending on the region, it has been given different names. In Sonora it is called Bacanora (agave potatorum o yaquiana); in Yucatán, Xtabentun; in Michoacán its name is Charanda (it can be identified by a sugar cane […]

Alvin Starkman – A Oaxaca Tour Operator & Mezcal aficionado

In December 2015 I was privileged to meet Alvin Starkman. He is a businessman and tour operator in Oaxaca who I believe truly appreciate the city and the people of Oaxaca and the mask out industry. He owns and operates Casa Machaya Oaxaca a B&B and if you want to know about Mezcal he is […]

What Is Mezcal!

Of course, the most basic questions are: What is mezcal? The word mezcal comes from the Nahuatl words ‘metl’ and ‘ixcalli’, which taken together mean “oven cooked agave.” The Spaniards were the first to distill cooked Agave, around the 16th Century, although Mezcal was the first spirit distilled. Mezcal is made from the agave plant. […]

Rethink the Worm

The truth about the legend of the worm is still debated. However, as Mezcal becomes more and more popular, scientists and Chemists are finding some validity in some of the legends about the worm. Seems the worm isn’t just a Gringo marketing tool but that it actually changes the drinks chemistry. The claim that it […]

Caution: It's said 'for everything there is Mezcal' but we add 'except for one thing' - getting drunk. Please drink responsibly. The most accurate and dependable book on living life at its fullest says 'wine (or Mezcal) makes the heart rejoice' and 'makes life enjoyable' (Ps 104:15; Ec 10:19) but overindulgence can certainly lead to harm (Pr 23:29-31)! If you drink at all please drink in moderation! (Quotes from NWT)