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Mezcal bar at Calavera in Oakland, California

San Francisco, California is known for it’s year-round fog, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, antique cable cars, and colorful Victorian houses. It’s also the most expensive city to live comfortably in the United States. But don’t let that cause you any discomfort because San Francisco is one of the best places in the United States to […]

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Mezcal Star Trek 2018 Anniversary

Mezcal Reviews is officially two years old. We launched this journey through the mezcal badlands on the night of September 17, 2016 as we shared our modest mezcal collection with Austin-area friends who helped us test website features that now make up the agave-powered warp core that propels Mezcal Reviews further into uncharted territory. After […]

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Vago Label Collage From Wall In Tasting Room

The Mezcal Vago Tasting Room in Oaxaca is located on a quiet residential street in a small suburb of Oaxaca City. The space is used mostly for aging and bottling mezcal from Vago’s producers, but they have a bar set up in the corner of the main room that has four or five bar stools […]

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Agaves for mezcal growing in Ejutla, Oaxaca

If you haven’t heard of Mezcal Marca Negra, you’re missing out on some amazing mezcal from some of Oaxaca’s most talented mezcaleros. Marca Negra was founded in 2010 with the mission of promoting authentic mezcal – the brand does not shy away from releasing mezcals that are at or above 50% alcohol by volume. This might […]

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Show de Vie with Mike G

Show de Vie with Mike G is a podcast that showcases the most well-renowned visionaries in the food and beverage industry. The recordings include intimate moments with food and spirits innovators as they dig through everything from their most vulnerable learning opportunities to moments of pure hilarity and astonishment. The conversation is always lively as […]

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Agave: The Spirit of a Nation film logo

Agave: The Spirit of a Nation is a documentary film that takes viewers beyond the spirits of mezcal and tequila to discover how one delicate plant can carry the weight of the nation of Mexico and the people trying to protect it. Agave follows three main characters: Graciela Angeles of Mezcal Real Minero, Aquilino García López of […]

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5sentidos Agave Field

Cinco Sentidos (5Sentidos) is the house mezcal of a restaurant named El Destilado in downtown Oaxaca. The restaurant was founded in 2015, and it’s quickly become one of the more popular stops for tourists from all over Mexico and abroad. El Destilado started as a mezcaleria that featured a curated mix of some of the more […]

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Agave The Spirit of a Nation Premier Ticket

Anticipation of the new documentary Agave: The Spirit of a Nation has been growing since the trailer launched in the fall of 2017. The 1 minute, 18 second snippet showed us quick glimpses of Graciela Angeles of Real Minero, Aquilino Garcia Lopez of Mezcal Vago, and Carlos Camarena of El Tesoro, Tapatio, Tequila Ocho, Excellia, and more. Though the […]

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Espita Mezcaleria in Washington DC

Mezcal has become incredibly popular in the United States and mezcal bars (aka mezcalerias) can be found in most major cities. While many cocktail bars might have a bottle or two of mezcal on hand, mezcalerias are typically well stocked with small-batch premium mezcals, and their bartenders possess deep knowledge of agave spirits. They are […]

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Pastry War Wahaka vdm

Wahaka VdM at The Pastry War

While Wahaka produces many fantastic mezcals that are more readily available, the Wahaka VdM line is some of the hardest to find and most expensive mezcal on the market. The name VdM stands for “Vino de Mezcal,” which is an old name that was used for agave-based spirits before Mezcal and Tequila were considered individual […]

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Mezcal Reviews Pechuga Blind Tasting bottles

Mezcal Reviews is on its third blind tasting and we’re not slowing down. The “research” must continue as I tell my girlfriend. Jonny and I are off to a strong start after doing blind tastings of agave Tepextate and then agave Tobala mezcals. This time, the agave species isn’t the theme but rather the style […]

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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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