An Intimate Educational Tasting Event
Learn what the hype is all about! The rapid expansion of the high-end tequila category and the growing popularity of mezcal have created world-wide hype around agave-based spirits. And raised lots of questions about what’s traditional, what’s authentic and what the differences are.
Every week, Laura Lynch and Miguel Huerta will host Agave Advice with rotating themes covering Tequila, Mezcal, and Agave Distillates such as Tuxca, Raicilla, and whatever other incredible treasures we can find to share.
Maximum of 8 guests per tasting. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a reserved seating event!
The event is held at 18 Playa Blanca in La Manzanilla.
Tasting of 4 different tequilas, appetizers, and a minimum of 2 hours of agave education with plenty of time to discuss and learn!
Miguel learned about the love of agave in his previous work as the Development Coordinator for the Tequila Interchange Project and later as Sales Manager for Siembra Spirits. He has developed a deep passion for learning and sharing all about the cultural roots of agave distillates.
Thursday, March 1 6 pm
The Diversity of Oaxacan Mezcales
Join us as we peek into the complex and diverse world of Oaxaca. This guided tasting event will explore a few of the 25+ microclimates in Oaxaca where a majority of exported Mezcales come from. We will delve into the roots of the Nahuatl word “Mezcal” and the story of origin and mythology of Mezcal. We will taste how the region of origin and production methods vary in Mezcales. We will learn how Mezcal is defined and regulated as a Denomination of Origin in comparison to Tequila. We will delve into the new regulations designating 3 categories of Mezcal (Mezcal, Mezcal Artesanal, Mezcal Ancestral). We will learn how to smell, sip, and taste the emblematic spirit of Mexico, Mezcal.
Tuesday, March 6 5 pm
The World of Remote Agave Distillates
Join us as we share some of the most interesting agave spirits we can find and some of our personal favorites. This guided tasting event will explore traditional spirits in Mexico that are neither Tequila or Mezcal. We will taste agave distillates that have close ties to remote communities in Mezcal that have been produced for generations. We will taste the diversity of ancestral production practices and agave varieties used to craft spirits such as Tuxca, Raicilla, and spirits referred to as mezcal that are produced outside of the DOM of Mezcal.
Thursday, March 8 5 pm
The Terroir of Tequila
Throughout all tastings, will discuss all things agave from folklore, archaeological discoveries, biodiversity, and sustainability concerns. We will identify some of the social and environmental justice issues related to the industrialization of tequila as well as the regulatory developments with both Tequila and Mezcal and their impact on the small, ancestral production of mezcales (little m) that do not fit either regulatory category.
Thank you to those who joined us for our first tequila tasting! you each made it a success!
Be sure to visit www.lamanzanilla.info for more information about La Manzanilla Mexico.