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Gusto Historico Real Minero Pechuga

Typically, a vertical tasting consists of three (or more) different batches of the same product. The concept of a vertical tasting was first introduced to me at King Bee in Austin, TX. King Bee has done some great vertical tastings in the past, and my first experience was a Rey Campero vertical tasting, which included […]

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Convite Palenque Daniel Hernandez Annual Review Mezcal

September 17, 2019 marks the 3rd anniversary of Mezcal Reviews. It seems like it was just yesterday that Tyler and I were sketching out our plans for the site on a piece of white lined paper, sipping Alipus San Luis in my living room. So much has happened in mezcal since then, but as Spock […]

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Rawhide Bovine Fermentation Amando Alvarez 5sentidos Cinco Sentidos5

We first wrote about Cinco Sentidos (5 Sentidos) last year in our blog post Cinco Sentidos and El Destilado. Jason, the co-founder of both the El Destilado restaurant and the Cinco Sentidos brand, has a knack for building relationships with producers who operate in some of the most remote regions of Oaxaca and beyond. The […]

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Mezcal Tosba agave field

It was the summer of 2016, a few months before launching Mezcal Reviews. Jonny and I met after work at The Austin Shaker, a local bottle shop, to browse their mezcal selection. This was part of our “research phase” before launching the website. We chatted a bit with Kiki, the co-owner, who was eager to […]

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Lalocura Mezcal Logo Oaxacking

The legend of Eduardo “Lalo” Angeles is growing quickly. His mezcals have been highly sought after in Oaxaca for many years and his personal brand, Lalocura, is quickly becoming one of the more well-acclaimed mezcals available on the international market. I’m not sure when Tyler and I first heard of Lalo. His name came up […]

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Oaxacking Tour Guide Tlacoula Market Omar Alonso

Photographer, mixologist, chef, promoter, traveler, cultural ambassador, Instagram superstar…. Omar Alonso covers a lot of ground, and the Oaxacking moniker, for which he’s most well-known, seems to capture all his different personas. For those unfamiliar with him, a good place to start is his Oaxacking Instagram, which features some of the best photos, videos, and […]

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Mezcal tour guide Alvin Starkman stands with bottles

What if I told you one of the most popular mezcal tour guides in Oaxaca, Mexico was a retired lawyer from Canada? Well, it’s true and his name is Alvin Starkman. He is well-respected in the mezcal community and has a stellar TripAdvisor rating. Ever since Jonny, our friends, and I got into mezcal we […]

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mezcal and tequila

We get a lot of questions in our inbox, and though we try to answer all of them individually, we hope this post helps to answer some of the most common questions we hear. The main differences between mezcal and tequila have been outlined by a few other blogs in the past, and they were […]

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Mezcal Reviews Agave Cuixe Tasting bottles

For our fourth blind tasting blog, we decided to blind taste eight different mezcals made from agave Cuixe. Similar to agave Madrecuishe, agave Cuixe is popular for use in mezcal. Agave Cuixe mezcals are often made from wild-harvested agaves (though they can be cultivated) and tend to be less sweet and have earthy and grassy […]

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Six bottles of mezcal

This is a guest blog post from our friend Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D. Over the past dozen years I have played a part in the development of a number of brands of mezcal distilled in Oaxaca; for the domestic Mexican market, but mainly for export to the US, South Africa, Germany, the UK and Italy, […]

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Random bottles at Mezcal Reviews 2nd Anniversary Party

Mezcal Reviews turned two years old in September 2018 so naturally we decided to throw a party to celebrate. Jonny and I dug into our personal mezcal collections and created a tasting of 7 unique flights with 3 mezcals per flight. We wanted it to be a celebration first and a tasting second; we arranged […]

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The Mezcal Reviews map of mezcal bars in Austin, Texas

This post was originally published in December 2016 and has been updated There is a lot of mezcal in Austin, Texas. Whether you’re looking to have a mezcal Paloma, or you’re trying to get totally smoked (pun intended) on straight mezcal, Austin has options for you. It’s the perfect city for mezcal. People here are […]

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