Yuan Ji (founder of Erstwhile Mezcal) and fellow Women’s Cocktail Collective members are featured in the Autumn 2020 Issue of the Keds Hand-Book for Women, showcasing women who push for progress for womankind in different industries. The Women’s Cocktail Collective, founded by Dr. Nicola Nice in 2018, is a collaboration between leading female spirits producers and founders around the country who come together to elevate the voices of all women in the alcohol beverage industry.
Wine Enthusiast magazine’s “Top 100 Spirits of 2019” list spotlights Erstwhile’s Espadín mezcal, produced by Silverío García and Epifania Gómez in Rancho Blanco Güilá, Oaxaca.
Dustin Nelson’s article for Thrillist spotlights a May 7, 2020 Virtual Mezcal Tasting featuring Erstwhile Mezcal, hosted by The Crafty Cask’s Suzanne Henricksen and Sommelier Evan Rothrock.
In this Forbes article titled “A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Mezcals: 25 Bottles to Try Now”, Karla Alindahao interviews Lou Bank — founder of S.A.C.R.E.D (Saving Agave for Culture, Recreation, Education and Development) — on Mezcal 101 and his top mezcal recommendations, including Erstwhile’s Tobalá distilled by Hortensia Hernández Martínez & Juan Hernández Méndez in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca.
PACIFIC San Diego
In this writeup for PACIFIC, a magazine affiliated with The San Diego Union-Tribune, Carolina Gusman spotlights a March 5, 2020 mezcal presentation, tasting and fundraiser that Erstwhile Mezcal hosted in conjunction with Tahona Bar in San Diego, California. All ticket proceeds from the event were donated to S.A.C.R.E.D. (Saving Agave for Culture, Recreation, Education and Development) for their project of replanting tobalá agave seedlings, and gifting seedlings to mezcal producers and farmers in need of agaves.
In her September 2019 article titled “Mezcal, Mexico’s Misunderstood Spirit”, Kara Newman (Spirits Editor of Wine Enthusiast) shares her praise and tasting notes for Erstwhile’s Espadin mezcal produced by Silverío García and Epifania Gómez in Rancho Blanco Güilá, Oaxaca.
In this article for Rabbit Hole magazine titled “The Mezcal Invasion”, B. Alexandra Szerlip does a deep dive into mezcal’s history, production process, and rising popularity worldwide. She gives a kind shoutout to Erstwhile Mezcal’s mission to help small, independent family producers get certified and licensed for export to the United States and beyond.
The Spirit Guide Society
In Episode 104 of The Spirit Guide Society podcast, host Pedro Shanahan samples five expressions of small-batch mezcal from Erstwhile Mezcal’s flagship line at Las Perlas, a legendary mezcaleria in Los Angeles, California. Pedro also chats with Yuan Ji (founder of Erstwhile Mezcal) about Erstwhile’s social mission of promoting small family producers in rural Mexico, and empowering them to export for the first time.
In this article for the October 2019 issue of Wine Enthusiast, Kara Newman (Spirits Editor of Wine Enthusiast) shares her praise and tasting notes for Erstwhile’s Arroqueño mezcal distilled by Hortensia Hernández Martínez & Juan Hernández Méndez in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca.
In this article celebrating women entrepreneurs in the food & beverage industries, Foodboro interviews Yuan Ji (founder of Erstwhile Mezcal) for her outlook and advice for fellow women entrepreneurs in male-dominated industries.
Heritage Radio Network | Why Food? Podcast
Goodbye Big Law. Hello Mezcal. In Episode 46 of Heritage Radio Network’s Why Food? podcast, co-hosts Jenny Dorsey and Ethan Frisch interview Yuan Ji, founder of Erstwhile Mezcal, on her decision to leave a successful legal practice and start a mezcal importing company from scratch.