Mexico In A Bottle is a website founded in 2014 by Susan Coss and Max Garrone that celebrates “food, art, mezcal, life”. They sponsor North America’s biggest agave spirit tasting, an annual tasting and celebration of more than 500 years of Mezcal history and culture. In 2018 the tour has stopped and will stop in Washington DC, San Diego, Chicago and San Francisco and on September 16th, Mexican Independence Day, the tour stopped in New York City.
The event took place at the House of Yes, a nightclub, performing arts space and event venue located at 2 Wychoff Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Over 50 brands were represented and considering that Mezcal, unlike Tequila which can be made with only with blue agave, Mezcal can be made from up to 30 varieties of agave which means that many producers make a wide range of Mezcal from different varietals as well as from different villages. There were a staggering quantity of spirits at this event. .
I recognized a handful of producers but for the most part many of the producers were “mom and pop” operations that still make Mezcal in the traditional way and most of the labels were unknown to me. Most had the signature smokiness that Mezcal are known for but many had more nuanced flavors of grass, herbs, butter, stone fruit. I would have loved to pick two or three producers and go through their line to taste the differences in the types of agave used. Personally, unlike rum, I like my Mezcal/Tequila joven, clear instead of aged. Interesting food item at the event were crispy Chapulin (aka grasshopper).
Some of what I sampled:
Erstwhile Espadin, Cuishe, Espadin Limited Edition
Los Amantes Joven, Reposado
Wahaka Ensamble, Reposado con Gusano
Amaras Espadin, Cupreata
5 Sentidos Papalomentl, Sierra Negra
Mezcal Union El Viejo
Nuestra Soleda Del Rio, 3 Mezquitos
Los Siete Misterios Coyote, Barril
Mezcal Vago Tobala, Espadin
Nobile Coyote Jabali, Coyote
Mezcal Nacional Tobala, Ciral
Los Nahuales Espadin
Mezcal De Leyenda San Luis Potosi
Amormata Masparillo de La Cruz
Mezcal Los Javis Espadin
Ancho Reyes Chile Ancho Liqueur, Chile Poblano Liqueur
Blue Nectar Tequila Silver