What We Muse over Agave Spirits

Our book, Agave Spirits, will be available in less than 2 months from W.W. Norton, but here's what David Suro and I muse over in its pages...

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Time to come together to Delight in the Diversity of Agave Spirits

It is time to come together to delight in the diversity of agave spirits. But we are also determined to “deconstruct” and demolish that still-widespread assumption that tequila has some exceptional status among agave spirits.

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Agave Spirits Wilder than Ghosts, Banshees, and Zombies

Agave spirits are among the most complex of any distillates. An entire symphony of sensations and scents are embedded in each bottle, as mezcals, ancestral tequilas, and other agave distillates benefit from remarkably rich interactions among succulent plants, fermentation microbes, pollinators, and ancient cultural traditions.

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We’re entering into an Endlessly Fascinating Domain of Mesoamerican culture, Agriculture, Folklore, and Pleasure

This year, I will be among the many celebrating the versatility, vigor, rigor and future of the century plant, aka agave, maguey or mezcal.

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How Agaves Have Shaped Landscapes & Cultures in the Old Pueblo

This month, in a new proclamation, the Mayor of Tucson Regina Romero and Kevin Dahl of the City Council will celebrate the deep connections Tucsonans have with agaves, the succulents better known as century plants, mezcals and maguey. Tucson is the most diverse city in the US in terms of

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