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Oaxaca Travel Guide: Get an education in mezcal with Experience Mezcal

“Oaxaca is mezcal country. Both industrial and artisan palenques dot the countryside and if you’ve developed a taste for this spirit then a day visiting …

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Mezcal’s meteoric rise continues, but not all industry insiders are ready to toast (The Guardian, October 2016)

“Mezcal, tequila’s stronger and smokier relative, has become a staple spirit in trendy bars across Mexico and the United States in recent years, and the …

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5 Of the World’s Best Tequilas You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of — And Where You Can Find Them (Forbes September 2016)

“Clayton Szczech – A widely respected ‘Tequila Geek’ and owner of Experience Tequila recommends Casachuín Blanco, Real Mexicana “Extra Dry” Extra-añejo, and 7 Leguas Single …

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7 Unique Group Tours in Mexico (Travel Age West, September 2016)

“Designed by owner Clayton Szczech as ‘group tours for people who don’t do group tours,’ Experience Tequila offers hands-on tours around Mexico’s eponymous region to …

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Heart of Jalisco – Authentic Experiences in Guadalajara (Alaska Beyond September 2016)

“We opt for a tour with Clayton Szczech, a self-styled tequila connoisseur. He guides us around the area, where we watch a jimador harvest the …

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The Rise of Mezcal: Great for Cocktails, Better for Oaxaca (AFAR Magazine, April 2016)

“Oaxaca is the second-poorest state in Mexico and its most indigenous, two braided facts that owe much to geography. When the Spanish plowed through in …

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Frozen Blue Agave at La Altena in Arandas Jalisco

Blue Agave Endangered by Highlands Snow

Blue Agave Endangered by Highlands Snow by Clayton J. Szczech, March 11, 2016 Residents of Jalisco’s Highlands region awoke Thursday to a substantial blanket of snow …

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Opposition to NOM 199 – An Update

As reported here in December, the Mexican Secretariat of the Economy has proposed legislation – NOM 199 – that could extinguish traditional mezcal production in …

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The Latest Affront To Traditional Mezcal: NOM 199

The Latest Affront To Traditional Mezcal:  NOM 199 by Clayton J. Szczech, December 4, 2015 Half of Mexico’s population lives in poverty, and yet the country’s Secretary …

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On the Tequila trail (LA Times, October 2015)

“In the dim lighting, as the spirit warmed us, it felt almost as if Szczech were holding service in tequila church.” A two-part L.A. Times …

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Review: “Tequila! Distilling the Spirit of Mexico,” by Marie Sarita Gaytan

Review: ¡Tequila! Distilling the Spirit of Mexico. Marie Sarita Gaytán. Stanford University Press (2014). As Tequila nerds, we love trivia. “How long does it take …

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In the field with mezcal and tequila guide Clayton Szczech (Mezcalistas, March 2015)

“Clayton is absolutely obsessed and spends almost all his time in the field talking to mezcaleros, growers, and tons of other people connected to the …

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Leopoldo Solis on Fifth Anniversary of ET

Experience Tequila launched in December, 2008. To commemorate our fifth anniversary, we asked friends and colleagues for their comments or reflections on our first five years. We …

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Jacob Lustig (ArteNOM) on 5th Anniversary of ET

Experience Tequila launched in December, 2008. To commemorate our fifth anniversary, we asked friends and colleagues for their comments or reflections on our first five years. We …

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Ana Maria Romero Mena on 5th Anniversary of ET

Experience Tequila launched in December, 2008. To commemorate our fifth anniversary, we asked friends and colleagues for their comments or reflections on our first five years. We …

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