Regulo Martinez Parada
Mezcalero Don Regulo Martinez Parada (no relation to Ignacio Parada) distills in Rio Seco which lies at an elevation of 3,500 feet. Rio Seco has a population of about 600 people and is about 10 km to the southwest of its neighboring town of Santa Maria Zoquitlán, along the tiny San Dionisio river. Don Regulo works out of a communal palenque, with time shared between 5-6 other mezcaleros. The palenque employs artisanal methods: earthen horno, mule-drawn tahona for milling, open-air wood vats for fermentation, and double-distilled in small copper alembics.