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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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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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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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