Cooperatives Are Helping Preserve Traditional Mezcal Production

Within the rising mezcal market, producers of the spirit are struggling to meet the booming demand while maintaining traditional methods that prioritize sustainability, small batches, rotational agave-growing and selective harvesting. With the increase of industrialized methods, many makers have sacrificed sustainability to keep up, leading to deforested hillsides and disappearing rare agave species. In an effort to help mezcaleros (producers of mezcal) stay in business, …

Ensamble Mezcal

Made just outside San Dionisio, Oaxaca from a blend of two different types of agave—Espadin and Cuishe—Madre’s Ensamble mezcal is crafted using the traditional Zapotec technique. A little smoky, this mezcal contains herbal notes and a mineral-forward flavor. Sip it neat or use it in a mezcal margarita or negroni.

1530 Rosa Blanco Tequila

Don’t let the pink hue fool you, this is a tequila—and a good one at that. While aging in Napa Cabernet French White Oak barrels has lent the agave spirit its pink color and a light nose of the wine, the flavor is that of a premium blanco with light floral notes. It’s delicate and quite easy to sip neat.