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The Origins of Mezcal, Tequila and Agave Spirit Distillation in West-Central Mexico

How, and where, did distillation of agave spirits like mezcal, tequila, tuxca, raicilla, and bacanora first begin in Mexico? Several theories have been proposed by researchers, historians, and archaeologists.  Some suggest indigenous populations had been distilling alcohol from agave plants before European contact.  Others claim agave spirit distillation began during the early 17th century, after [...]

By |2024-05-11T23:04:12+00:00December 1st, 2023|News|0 Comments

Gift Grandpa’s Ancestral Mezcal Trio. Pre-Orders Open.

Give the storytellers and craft spirit lovers in your life a gift that will light up their imaginations this holiday season. Erstwhile Ancestral Mezcal Trio is open for pre-orders only at SpiritHub.com. Pre-order today in time for the holidays, while supplies last. Taste three heritage mezcals - distilled in clay pots - from two legendary producers: Madre [...]

By |2023-03-01T00:18:57+00:00December 4th, 2022|News|0 Comments

How to Pack the Mezcal Oven | Tips from Rey Arellanes Angeles, Santa Catarinas Minas, Oaxaca

Rey Arellanes Angeles, a skilled producer of ancestral mezcal, runs a tight ship in Santa Catarina Minas, Oaxaca. While Erstwhile Mezcal’s current lineup does not feature any mezcal made by Rey, my co-founder Kevin and I are his fans in our personal capacity as mezcal enthusiasts.  We have many of Rey’s distillations in our personal [...]

By |2021-07-11T06:29:19+00:00March 2nd, 2020|News|0 Comments

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