The Taste of Celebration in Gem & Bolt Mezcal

We visit Oaxaca to discover the alchemy behind the brand and its gracious smoky flavor

Gem & Bolt founders Adrin Adrina and Elliott Coon shared a childhood in a community of creators in the mountains of Virginia, where plant medicine was part of everyday customs. Long before their life in Mexico, they made damiana elixirs as a way to “share herbal knowledge through the celebratory door,” says Coon. Both artists and alchemists, the duo wanted to be at the crossroads …

Exploring Jose Cuervo’s Farm, Distillery and Historical Cellar

At the base of the Tequila Volcano in Jalisco, we learn about the brand's methods

Internationally, tequila is often viewed as a kick-start—a rebellious elixir for quick consumption or disguised in a cocktail with a sweet presentation. But, its creation is a poetry accented by artful harvest and saccharine, sultry scents. The spirit has a rich history; it was the beverage of choice for farm-owners and the wealthy of yesteryear in Mexico. Thus, the key flavors have been idolized long …

El Tesoro Tequila’s Farm and Distillery, Arandas

Exploring the Jalisco region's agave treasures with Master Distiller Carlos Camarena

“Historically, these plants can provide people with shelter, food, spirits, of course— tools with their needles to sow. Everything!” Carlos Camarena tells us, standing on the red clay earth amid a field of agaves. He goes on to explain how the succulent’s dried leaves are still used in the region for roofing and building walls, its quioxotes (long pistols) for fences, and fibers used for …