Kimo Sabe Mezcal is the creation of father-daughter team Jim and Ashley Walsh. Before starting Kimo Sabe, the pair worked in agriculture and founded a chocolate company. Their company, Hawaiian Vintage Chocolate, was investigated by the State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture for falsely claiming that it used chocolate made from Hawaiian cacao. Jim Walsh, the co-founder of Kimo Sabe, has been sued by high-profile individuals and companies such as new age health guru Deepak Chopra and Hershey’s.
When starting their mezcal brand, the duo set out to create “the sweetest, most flavorful mezcal”. Before moving production to the state of Zacatecas, early releases were bottled by Oaxaca’s Mezcal Benevá (NOM-O06X). Their mezcal is made using non-traditional methods, which the brand embraces. Kimo Sabe mezcal is triple-distilled, with the first two distillations being done in industrial stainless steel and the third distillation in a copper still. The company utilizes their proprietary sound wave technology to homogenize the molecules in the spirit. In 2017, Kimo Sabe was the official and exclusive mezcal of the long-running SXSW Music and Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.