On The trails of Mezcal are written countless stories of those who give their lives to the craft and fire of the agave. With those stories community ties are woven to help preserve the flavors, to ensure the diversity of the towns that craft Mezcal in Mexico.
The exact number of agave varieties that can be used to make mezcal is a moving target. Also, given that there are estimated to be upwards of 1,000 mezcal producers in 8 regulated states with over 200 known varieties of agave (though not all 200 have the sugar content to make mezcal), mezcal has been made with more than 30 types of agave.
It’s not an easy thing to venture in the world of mezcal and less for someone who is unfamiliar with the smells and tastes, with regions and scenery, or with forms and meanings. This rich but complicated horizon
becomes evident in any incursion to the villages and peoples of Oaxaca, which lives and aspirations have unfolded around the intense task of mezcaleros.
Every mezcal is different. The agave matters as do so many other factors. Mezcal is a culture. Mezcal is magical, for us Mezcal is an art it is of the land. Mezcal is Hidden in the mountains, in the indigenous groups that have preserved our traditions, even though we have forgotten many, finding a mezcal made with the ancestral process is to find a lost jewel, Centuries old traditions, The hills, The palenques, Isolated villages, Passions, Time, Sun. This Spirit has shared its story with Mexico for more than 24 centuries.
The maestro mezcalero (Master distiller) use varied techniques in the production process many that have been passed down for generations in their families. Tradition is an essential value in the mezcal industry. The good Mezcal is not a product of engineering and scientific methods, it is a spiritual elixir, magic and ancestral, it is achieved only by artisanal methods that have been taught from father to son, passed down generation after generation. The Maestro Mezcalero will never put his name or his signature on a product that he is not proud of; doing it guarantees the quality of the mezcal
This Space is an exploration of the world through the testimonies of those who opened the doors of their houses and palenques, who shared their knowledge and that gave us the amazing experience that it is to taste mezcal, the end result of a demanding process, looking into the eyes of its producer.