Visiting small-batch mezcal distillers in/around Oaxaca
I'll be in Oaxaca for about 10 days around New Years and would very much like to make a day of visiting some artisanal mezcal distilleries in the area. Can anyone recommend a tour group that covers this turf, or better yet a private driver (preferably with at least some English skills)? Thanks in advance.
I loved the mezcal tour given by Alvin Starkman of Oaxaca which I took last February with my sister. He took us up into the hills of Matatlan where he has personal relationships with people making mezcal at their houses. We tasted several types from different species. The highlight was driving out before sunset to a field to harvest aguamiel that the family ferments into pulque. We tasted the aguamiel just scraped from a maguey. It doesn't get any fresher than that. The views from up in the hills were incredible. This is not a tour to commercial plants. It might be possible to personalize the tour.
Alvin is a lawyer from Toronto now residing in Oaxaca. His nature is to retain and recall incredible amounts of facts and information. I learned so much. The tour was unique and memorable.
You can contact Alvin through his bed and breakfast, Casa Machaya.