El Tigre Mezcal
The founders of El Tigre, Damian and Raquel, officially started the project in 2011, but the roots of El Tigre date back to the early 2000s. Damian’s Tío Chimino was an accomplished magueyero during this time period and he first introduced Damien to the Patricio García family. Damian, who had grown up in Mexico City and Detroit, began developing a greater interest in the culture of his family’s ancestral home in Atempa.
The couple hosts mezcal tastings in their home in Mexico City as way of spreading Atempa’s culture of mezcal. The proceeds are used to help support and preserve the agricultural and artisan communities that are integral to Atempa’s traditional, social, religious, and economic systems.