It’s a wrap. On the drive back to Guadalajara, Esteban, Cate and Diego reflect on their journey and all the places they visited, but didn’t have the opportunity to record.
El Lobo is a legend. Soft spoken, much like his products, he uses a philosophical approach to create unique flavors. You will always immediately know a Lobo expression when you try one.
Unlike most other maestros in this season, Benito’s family doesn’t have a long tradition of distilling. His scientific approach, love for the plants, and approach to leadership, however, make him a rising star. His products are exciting and innovative.
Julia over at Bear Radio did an interview with us about the podcast and especially season 5. Worth a read while we are finalizing the second half of the season.
The second part of our conversation. If you missed part 1, you can find it here.
We also would like to thank Claas von Zombory who kindly provided us with samples of Flor del Desierto Sotol.
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This is a short one. And the last one for a little while. We are recapping Season 2 , which has brought us some outstanding conversations with giants of the Agave world. Thanks again to all our guests and to you for listening and giving us feedback!
For Season 3 we will try to keep up the quality and we are looking forward to it (we hope that some of the ideas we have hatched already will become a reality… )
For those of you who are in Berlin, you can meet Diego at the Craft Spirits Berlin convention March 7 & 8.
But stop! Before turning your device off, please enjoy the interview with Alex from Auroom in Munich. He is a listener of the first hour and you will experience his love for Agave in our interview. Every time Albert visits Auroom, it feels more like a Mezcaleria, as the Agave expressions are taking over. But nonetheless you will also find excellent cocktails there too. Unfortunately we did the interview back in July 2019 before his trip to Oaxaca – so we might have him as a guest in the 3rd season as well so he can share these experiences with us as well.
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In this chapter we are joined by Cate, a tequila nerd and wonderful conversation partner. She gave us some insight into her experiences at the Fortaleza bartender program last year – a trip that let her experience the hard work, craftsmanship and arts of creating Agave spirits first hand. (If you want to learn more about Fortaleza, you can listen to our episode with Don Guillermo here.) She also shared some amazing spirits from her personal collection with us, one of them a “dusty bottle” of Herradura which gave Diego some serious goosebumps. Enjoy!
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Photos from Cate’s trip:
- Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant (San Francisco)
- Documentary: Agave: The spirit of a nation
- Stefano Francavilla, Fortaleza ambassador
- Ashtin Berry
- Megs Miller/FAM Bar
- Fortaleza uses their own family yeast and no accelerators
- Herradura was purchased by Brown-Forman Corporation in 2007
- El Tesero: “Don Felipe” is Carlos, Lily, Jenny, and Felipe’s grandfather, not father. Theirs Dad’s name was also Felipe, but he wasn’t “Don Felipe”.
Not mentioned on the Show:
- El Tesoro (the brand) was purchased by Beam a few years ago, but all El Tesoro is still made my Carlos at La Altena (Nom 1139)
- Agave and Mezcal business women of Jalisco
Fernando – co-owner of our Berlin’s most favorite Mezcal bar “La Tentación” – has planned a spectacular trip to his birthplace Oaxaca from September 1st to September 10th 2020. When we read about it, we wanted to create some more awareness of this tour to our listeners and asked Fernando if he can walk us through the schedule. So we could learn more about the Mecca of Mezcal and you can decide if you want to join this trip. You can contact Fernando directly ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
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Tuesday, September 1st
- 15:00 – 17:00 Oaxacan Buffet
- 18:00 – 21:00 Mezcal tasting at In Situ
- 21:30 – 22:30 Tacos for dinner!
Wednesday, September 2nd
- 07:00 – 14:00 (3. Sep)Visit to Paranubes (Oaxacan Rum and prizewinning as the product of the year at the BCB)
Thursday, September 3rd
- 15:00 – 16:30 Traditional food at the Hotel
- 09:30 – 22:30 Oaxacan Craft Beer & Mezcal tasting + Dinner + Surprise
Friday, September 4th
- 08:00 – 09:30 Traditional oaxacan breakfast at the hotel
- 10:30 – 14:00 Hierve el agua + Mitla
- 15:00 – 17:30 Palenque Gracias a Dios (Mezcal & oaxacan gin) + Traditional food
- 19:30 – 22:30 Mexican cantina + dinner
Saturday, September 5th
- 07:00 – 08:00 Traditional Breakfast at the Hotel
- 11:00 – 16:00 Visit to a Miahuatlan Palenque + Mezcal tasting + Food
- 18:00 – 19:59 Mezcal tasting at Neta
- 20:00 – 22:00 Tacos for dinner
Sunday, September 6th
- 09:00 – 10:00 Traditional Breakfast at the hotel
- 11:00 – 15:00 Visit to Teotitlan del Valle + Tlacolula Market + Food at the market
- 16:00 – 18:00 Santo Domingo Museum
- 19:00 – 22:00 Slow food dinner + Mezcales at La Biznaga
Monday, September 7th
- 07:30 – 08:30 Traditional Breakfast at the hotel
- 11:00 – 15:00 Visit to Real Minero & Proyecto LAM
- 15:30 – 16:30 Traditional food at Conchita
- 17:00 – 19:00 Mezcal tasting at Ocotlan with Mr. Santaella
- 20:00 – 22:00 Mezcal tasting at La Mezcaloteca
- 22:30 – 23:30 Tlayudas for dinner
Tuesday, September 8th
- 09:00 – 10:30 Tacos de guisado at La Abuela
- 11:30 – 16:00 Cooking class + visit to the market by Rodolfo Castellanos (Mexico’s Top Chef 2016)
- 16:01 – 18:01 Cocktail class
- 18:01 – 23:59 Day off so you can do some tourism at the city center
Wednesday, September 9th
- 07:00 – 08:00 Traditional Breakfast at the hotel
- 09:30 – 14:00 Monte Alban
- 15:00 – 16:00 Nieves (Oaxacan Ice cream) at La soledad Church
- 16:30 – 17:30 Traditional food at the Pasillo de Humo
- 18:00 – 19:00 Aguas de Casilda
- 19:01 – 23:59 Day off (With some recommendations)
Thursday, September 10th
- 08:30 – 09:30 Traditional Breakfast at the hotel
- 11:00 – 15:00 Visit to “Los Danzantes” palenque + Mezcal tasting + Food(To be confirmed)
- 15:01 – 16:01 Last toast of the trip
This bar episode takes us to Manchester. Already in July 2019 and only equipped with a tiny microphone (so please excuse the sound quality) Albert met with Adam to discuss the love for Agave based spirits in Northern England. Crazy Pedro´s mixes Pizza and Agave, so it is not a classical Mezcaleria, however their range of spirits is excellent. No matter if you like your spirits in pure form or in a cocktail, Crazy Pedro’s can fix you up in three locations. We have marked all of them in our custom map for you.
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Carl and Albert took a walk through Berlin to talk about our favourite topic! A couple of days before Carl made an experiment in Berlin’s La Tentancion Mezcaleria where he served the same drink three times, but each time with a different Agave spirit, showing how little details can make a big impact. Albert wanted to know more about his approach towards mixing spirits that are not predictable and about his history with Tequila and Mezcal.
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