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Christmas Mezcal

The holidays are a time to celebrate with family, friends, and (of course) a good bottle of mezcal. We’ve curated this list to help you maximize your holiday mezcal experience. Whether you’re a long-time mezcal enthusiast, new to mezcal, or shopping for someone special, the following items are worth considering. Outside of the actual bottle […]

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Mezcales de Leyenda at Spirits of Mexico 2017

It’s no coincidence that Mezcal Reviews started in Austin, Texas. As we’ve previously covered in this blog, our city offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy mezcal. Beyond local bars and restaurants, there are number of agave-focused spirits events in this city every year including Mezcal Fest at Takoba, Mexic-Arte Museum’s Taste of Mexico, and Austin Tequila […]

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Mezcal Advent Calendar from Drinks by the Dram

Spoilers ahead! If you plan to get The Mezcal Advent Calendar and want it to be a surprise, don’t read this post. Drinks by the Dram is a company based in the UK that sells 30ml (about 1 fl. oz.) “dram” spirit samples. Their website says they offer thousands of fine spirits in these little […]

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NOM Mezcal Vago

We’ve received a lot questions about the relationship between mezcal brands, distilleries, and NOMs since we began listing the NOMs of mezcal bottles on our site. We wanted to publish this quick post as a general overview of what the NOM can tell you and how it’s related to brands, distilleries (traditionally called palenques), and […]

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Mezcal Reviews World Headquarters

September 17, 2017 marks the first anniversary of Mezcal Reviews opening its doors to the public. It’s been an incredible first year and we can’t thank you enough for helping to fill this online jicara with some of the best stuff on Earth. With your help, we’ve gone from a niche mezcal website to a……larger […]

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Agave Tobala Mezcal Blind Tasting Lineup

During our first blind tasting, Jonny and I tasted six different agave Tepextate mezcals. For our second tasting, we decided on agave Tobala and then took inventory of our mezcal “collection”; remember folks, it’s a hobby, not an addiction! Together we had about nine different bottles of Tobala with some overlap. That might sound like […]

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Mezcal Holy Smoke John McEvoy

John McEvoy is more commonly known as Mezcal PhD, and his blog is a mainstay in the online mezcal community. Unlike most of the authors behind the mezcal books that have been hitting the shelves recently (and there are lots!), John is not a professional writer. According to John, he has four passions (outside of […]

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The Mezcal Rush book by Granville Greene and a bottle of Del Maguey

According to his bio on Amazon, author Granville Greene is a graduate of The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. He has written for Outside, The New York Times, and many other publications. The Mezcal Rush: Explorations in Agave Country begins with Green recalling his first experience with mezcal as a college student. He and his […]

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Wahaka Bottles Tasting

The process of making mezcal is a true art. Each little detail makes a big impact on the final product, and unlike many other spirits, traditional mezcal is made without the use of large industrial machinery that is designed to make the precise calculations easier. With traditional mezcal, it’s all done by hand. Everything from […]

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Mezcal Real Minero palenque fermentation vats

If you’ve tasted Mezcal Real Minero, you know it’s special. It can be difficult to find due to their limited production and certain bottles retail for as much as $180 in the United States! While that is not cheap, in my experience their product is some of the finest. Others seem to agree.. as of […]

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Agave Tobala at the Mezcal Real Minero agave nursery

Did you know it takes a minimum of about 8 years for an agave plant to reach maturity before it can be harvested for use in tequila, mezcal, agave nectar, and other products? Spirits like whiskey and scotch might be barrel-aged for a similar length of time but the crops needed to produce those spirits can be […]

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Mezcal Union Palenque Pano

Mezcal Union is a favorite among bartenders in both the US and Mexico. You’ve likely seen it at a liquor store or at your local corner bar. If you’ve ever looked at their bottle closely, you may have noticed that it’s made with both agave Espadin and agave Cirial. This is noteworthy, because almost all […]

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