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  1. K D Kearney at |

    Real de Jalpa is a very interesting entry level mezcal which is available on sale for about $10.00 ( normally $ 20.00 ) per bottle at Goody Goody in Highland Village , Denton County, TX.

    This is a 100% blue agave reposado mezcal and is exceptionally smooth and drinkable straight up.

    I am just beginning to explore mezcal and highly recommend this tasty dram.

    PS – I bought your book and am really enjoying it.

  2. Adrian at |

    Congratulations, I have to say, that that list is very well put out. I’ve just acquired a couple of years ago the taste for mezcal and have become incredibly fond of it, mostly for mezcales with 40+. If anyone has a chance to try the line of Sabios de Lua (Wise men of Oaxaca) which will come soon to the US, it’s going to blow your mind. I purchased a limited edition bottle from this same house, being “mezcal de puntas” with 70+; tried some sips, but my liver still not fit for that beat yet…
    From my end I can deeply recommend, as you all know, Pierde Almas Dobaadan, also Bruxo 1,2,3 and 4, Marca Negra Tobala, Alipus San Miguel Sola and for me, one of the rarest and hard to get mezcal, Lucifer Espadin which is only sold in Ensenada by Adobe Guadalupe Winery made in Ocotlan, Oax.

    Hope you all keep enjoying this spirit that has been rising by its high quality and true craftmanship from our Maestros Mezcaleros in Mexico.

  3. Brian Claude at |


    First time on your site, you have a lot of great advice. I was wondering if you know of any Jabali I could get my hands on in NY.



  4. Edward at |

    We had something of an informal mezcal tasting here at a gathering to watch a World Cup game. Most of our friends had not tried mezcal before, but were reasonably familiar with tequila. We sampled Del Maguey Chichicapa, Delirio, Wahaka Tobala (ok, not a “starter” one), Ilegal Joven, and also tried some Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol Anejo. It was the Delirio that was the favorite for those who had never tried mezcal before with the Del Maguey was just a distant second.

    Oh, and the one person who ended the day with a strong dislike of mezcal? My wife, the only Mexican in crowd. Go figure. 😉

  5. Cindy at |

    How do you recommend enjoying mexcal? With lime as a shot…?

  6. Bruce Berman at |

    Thanks for the advice. Well then exploring I shall go!

    1. christopher at |

      I just got back from Rosarita, Mexico and found a shop that had a ton of different bottles. He recommended Zignum Reposado and Beneva Anejo. Have you tasted any of these?

  7. Bruce Berman at |

    I am going to Mexico next month and want to purchase Mezcal to take home.
    Mezcal is new to me as I have only drank it a few times and I want to expand my horizons’.
    I am not so concerned with price, but like a Joven, and the smokier the better.
    From the Mezcal starter kit I picked the following to purchase if I can find them.
    Del Maguey Minero; Ilegal Joven; Pierde Almas Espadin and San Juan Del Rio.
    Hopefully, I am on the right track, but if you have any other suggestions please advise.
    Thanks Bruce

    1. Edward at |

      I would take advantage of the trip by finding bars that feature mezcal (mezcalerias) and sample the various local varieties. And then, I’d select my favorites of those to buy bottles of for the return home. You should use this opportunity to locate mezcales that are unavailable for us poor gringos who can only obtain what’s available via import into the US. 🙂

  8. Kirk V at |

    Hello, love your blog! I just received this as a gift: Danzantes “Los Nahuales” Reposado Mezcal… What are your thoughts on it?

  9. Nigel at |

    Hey, great blog! I’m in BC, Canada, and seem to be totally isolated from the cheaper quality mescals. Seems like most decent bottles are at least double what they cost in the US… Is there any hope for us?

  10. Britt Franklin at |

    I’ve been meaning to email you guys about a couple of good starter-bottles, so this is perfectly timed! Next time I head out to our Premier, I know what to look for! Can’t wait for the book!!

  11. Carlos Sada at |

    Excellent post, I am always looking forward to reading all ofthem. BTW the other mezcal Andrew Friedman tried was an Ensamble (blend) of three agaves: Espadin, Bicuishe and Madrecuishe from Santa Maria La Pila (Miahuatlan), something you have to taste soon! I’m sure the book will be excellent, I hope we can get our hands on it down in Mexico. Best!

  12. Douglas at |

    I was noticing that between your list and Andrews list of introductory mezcals you seem to cover allmost every silver mezcal on the market .
    If these are the entry level mezcals , what are the more in depth advanced mezcals?

  13. Scott Thomas at |

    You should include Astor Wine and Spirits in this spreadsheet, they have a good selection and prices.

    1. Scott Thomas at |

      Oh yeah forgot to mention – free shipping on first-time online orders over $99.

    2. Douglas at |

      I think Astor has a really simplistic basic intro level selection . It is really lacking in depth. Such a shame . A quality store like that having limited tunnel vision in the most important new category to come into the market . Very disappointing.

  14. Douglas at |

    Nice reviews .
    I’m surprised that you are going to write a book and you haven’t taken the 4 levels of the Master Mezcalier courses. Interesting.

  15. Edward at |

    One problem with this list is that some states have regulations that prevent you from being able to buy online. 🙁 Here in Houston, I’m restricted to what I can find locally (or least from a retailer somewhere in Texas). I have yet to even see most of the brands in your list, and I’m not able to purchase from these online sellers (that’s probably better for my wallet). 😉

    What do you think about Union Uno as belonging to a “Mescal Starter Kit”? I think you list it as premium and it was “well received” in one of your tastings. It certainly meets the price criteria, around $36 locally, and it’s easier to find than the rest of your list around these parts (northwest Houston suburbs).

    1. Migas at |

      A Houston store with fair mezcal inventory, Tony K’s on Bissonnet. Be sure to ask for a desired product if not seen on the shelf. There are spirits in the warehouse that don’t make it to the retail floor, plus special orders are possible.

      For a night of tasting, I highly recommend The Pastry War. Visit their Twitter page for specials.

  16. Andrew Friedman at |

    That’s quite a list.

    Not to ruin anyone’s day, but that Delirio? Please don’t. The Zignum, too. No. Just…no.

    Here’r some more to check out.

    – El Jolgorio. Probably the best line in the country – amongst some great mezcal, to be sure. There are seven different agaves, and until you taste the Tepestate, you’ve not had the best of all’of’m. They’re all great.
    – La Niña del Mezcal. A great new addition. There’s an espadin, a mexicano and a pechuga.
    – Tosba. A really, really well-made line of mezcal. There’s a espadin and a pechuga.
    – Koch el Mezcal. They make a few, but the most available is an ensamble. In fact, I think that’s all that they have, a few different ensambles. Really tasty.
    – Mezcalero. You liked the Alipús? Well, it’s good, but wait ’till you taste the Mezcalero. From three different pueblo’s, I do believe.
    – Pierde Almas. Just go and find some of the Dobadaan. Along with the El Jolgorio Tepestate, it’s one of the better ones available in the ‘States.
    – San Juan del Rio. This is made by the same people that make the Benezin mezcal. But, this one tends to be pretty great.
    – Siete Mysterios. Don’t get me started. The Tobala and the Arroqueño are ridiculously good.

    OH! Marca Negra! They have a Espadin and a Tobala, but wait ’till you taste the next two that’r coming out. I think that it’s another Dobadaan…and I forget what else.

    I’m sure that I have forgotten a few – but this is probably a good list to start off with.

    Or, come into Liberty here in Seattle. I’ll give you a taste.

    1. Barbara Sweetman at |

      Caballeros Inc. is the new importer for KOCH we should have it in USA by Fall- we are bringing up other brands including Mayalen which is a wild Cupreata Excellent!! and two certified Organic Mezcals ZACBE and SHAWI which we have small amount of inventory in US just need to assign distributors- also your retails for Scorpion Mezcal SIlver- wow-that is NOT average across the country- in NYS it is retailing for around $35- so average price is not $49.99 across the country- some distributors have larger mark ups than others.

  17. Sonia Gomez at |

    Love to read this post! Looking forward to your book!

  18. Edward at |

    Awesome list, but you are becoming a very bad influence on me. 😉 I went into the Twin Liquors saying to myself, “I’m only going to look, I’m only going to look…” But they had Los Nahuales joven for just $39. So, I mean, really. I had no choice now, did I? 😀

    1. Dave at |

      La Nahuales is at least 50 bucks a bottle here in OKC. IF you can find it.

      I was off put by the Wild Shot at first, and only finished it after the Las Nahuales ran dry, and you know, it really grew on me. Not as much smoke, but a hint of jalapeno. Being a vegetarian, the protein in the bottom of the bottle hit the spot as well!


      (I’ve been searching for Illegal, but to no avail….. )

  19. Eduardo at |

    Good job Dr! I agree with almost all. (I hear something about a book?)


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