When most hear “mezcal,” they think of tequila: the official sponsor of spring break debauchery and horrible hangovers, but tequila is the troublesome black sheep of an otherwise esteemed mezcal family.
Mezcal, traditional Mexican alcohol distilled from the native agave plant, includes blue agave tequila in addition to 30 other agave species. So not all mezcals are tequila, but all tequilas are mezcals, kind of like how not all demons are cats, but all cats are blood-thirsty hell-creatures.
Tequila may have sold its soul to the monsters of mass production for a salted shot in the limelight, but traditional mezcal continues its emphasis on small batch, craft artisanal flavor.
Mezcal doesn’t get more authentic than Marka Negra’s Espadin variety, a double-distilled 750 mL bottle that measures 102 proof and 100% Mexican mysticism. Instead of pandering to the masses, Marka Negra mezcaleros (master distillers) craft the mezcal taste to their local communities, in this case San Luis del Rio, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Abel, the mezcalero of this particular espadin line, even served this mezcal at his wedding, so every sip will be filled with authentic Oaxacan flavor and the warm spirit of a massive party you weren’t invited to.
For the straight shooters, we’ve included a pair of Himalayan shot glasses to help infuse the mezcal with a strong, salty bite. These 3 inch rose-quartz salt glasses inject natural flavor, need not be washed between use, and look much better on the bar than piles of spilled salt.
Or continue spinning round the mezcal carousel with the finest cocktail order south of the border: the Oaxacan Old Fashioned (pronounced wah-hah-ken, you uncultured buffoon!). Mix in Bittermilk No. 6’s cocoa husk-aged cocktail mix of spices and chiles for a strong, bittersweet mezcal treat.
Skip the cheap tequila and explore the traditional, artisanal flavors of Mexican spirits with the Mezcal Crate.
In a sealed wooden crate with a laser-etched crowbar. No bow, no ribbons, no fluff, and absolutely no instructions.