In this episode we are welcoming Axel Huhn who is one of the true Agave pioneers in Germany. Many years ago life brought him to Oaxaca and in return his continuously bringing back some excellent spirits which you can order at mezcaleria.de. While our intention was to talk mainly about the state of Oaxaca our conversation drifted into more general subjects like sustainability and the impact that the Mezcal boom has on the regions. Enjoy this episode responsibly.
Our guest today is Christian Schrader Goette from Agavera, an online shop around Mexican culture.
He comes from Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco and we are using this opportunity to talk about spirits from this region – which is so much more than “just” Tequila.
Christian is also the organizer of Agave Hub, which will take place in Berlin on October 8th.
Correction: During our conversation we made a mistake while talking about the aging of Tequila and Mezcal (they have the same regulation): Blanco: unaged Reposado: at least 2 months and until one year in contact with wood Añejo: more than 1 year in contact with wood
And in the case of Tequila there is an extra category called “extra añejo” which requires more than 3 years in contact with wood.
The spirits we tasted
Ismael Rodriguez: Nosotros los pobres & Ustedes los ricos
For this episode we met Esteban Morales Garibi (La Venenosa, Derrumbes) from Mexcio in Diego’s office. Some of the photos on this blog were made by him. Esteban is well connected in the Mezcal scene, he knows many small Agave spirit producers in Mexico and is involved in different small but high-quality brands. He also started his own farm and he is a business partner of Diego who imports crafted spirits to Europe.
We discussed about the importance of the small families for the culture of Agave spirits and also the problems that come with categorizing our beloved “Elixirs of the Gods” into denominations of origin. We also talked about why it is a good thing that agaves and their distillation are spreading across the globe.
Our friends at Bear Radio invited us to The Venue Berlin so that we could introduce Elixir of the Gods to a live audience. We went through the basics and also invited Maria and Cassandra on the stage to have a tasting with us
We only had time to taste one bottle, Diego brought a bottle of Fidencio Clasico.
A special thanks to Jill from Bear Radio and of course Maria and Cassandra for being on stage with us!
For this special chapter we were invited to a basement inside a barber shop, where the pop-up “Puntas, Gracias” is located. Christian Schrader and Tom Bullock want to make Agave spirits accessible to anybody and share their knowledge and experiences. Based on your individual preferences you can taste four different spirits in a session and they will guide you through the experience. You also can purchase bottles there.
We recorded this chapter to give you a feeling for the experience.
Our friends Tom Bullock and Christian Schrader have created a very cool pop-up experience in Berlin. In the basement of a hair salon they are recreating a truly Mexican feeling with a exquisite selection of Mezcales, Bacanoras, Sotols, Raicillas and Tequilas.
Puntas, Gracias! is the name of the event. You can find more info via their Facebook page.
Chapter 6 concludes the first season of Elixir of the Gods! Now we have a favor to ask. Did you like the format? What else would you like to hear about? Where did we mess up? Do you have a recommendation you want us to try? Would you like to join us for a tasting?
Reach out to us and let us know! (Twitter, Instagram: @elixirpodcast, Facebook: @elixirofthegods, Mail: elixirofthegodspodcast [at] gmail [dot] com)