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Agave Road Trip provides gringo bartenders with firsthand knowledge about heritage agave spirits from Mexico, including mezcal, raicilla, bacanora, and destilado de agave.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 31 Ratings

Agave Road Trip provides gringo bartenders with firsthand knowledge about heritage agave spirits from Mexico, including mezcal, raicilla, bacanora, and destilado de agave.

    There's Mezcal for Geeks, and There's Mezcal that Sells

    There's Mezcal for Geeks, and There's Mezcal that Sells

    You’re an agave geek. You bleed pulque. The stuff that tastes like blue cheese and jalapeños? Costs $150 a bottle? You love it. But that’s not what you’re moving. So we talk about what is going to sell to those customers in this episode of Agave Road Trip!

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    • 26 min
    You Got Your Pulque in my Tepache

    You Got Your Pulque in my Tepache

    Okay, so ... not all agaves are created equal. Some have fewer sugars than others. Like Bruto. So they add pulque to start the fermentation. But, wait ... that pulque is also made from Bruto. So ... how does the pulque ferment? Chava freestyles his science-like ideas in a car in Miami to try to explain what's going on in this episode of Agave Road Trip!

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    • 23 min
    Give That Juice Another Sniff....

    Give That Juice Another Sniff....

    Do you wash that fruit before you cut it? Add salt after juicing? Freeze it? And before you drink it, maybe give that juice a second sniff...? We're joined in this episode by Dr. Ryan Aycock, Cocktail MD, for the lowdown on bacteria and how it can sneak up on you either in a gringx bar or on the roadsides in rural Mexico!

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    • 24 min
    The Perfect Recipe for Mezcal

    The Perfect Recipe for Mezcal

    An ensamble mezcal is made from a number of different agaves — generally whatever has reached maturity at the same time. Or … is it? Maybe there’s a precise recipe that’s been handed down for generations? But how does that work within the confines of nature? We cook the cookbooks in this episode of Agave Road Trip!

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    • 16 min
    Puntas and Colas and the Heart of Distillation

    Puntas and Colas and the Heart of Distillation

    When I first started learning about heritage agave spirits, I misunderstood the labels that noted “puntas and colas.” I thought that meant that what was in the bottle was a blend of the heads and tails of a distillation — but in fact the heart of the distillation had been adjusted with the heads and tails. But, then … maybe I was wrong about being wrong? We look closely at the cuts in this episode of Agave Road Trip!

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    • 15 min
    The Many Different Flavors of Mezcal

    The Many Different Flavors of Mezcal

    For decades we’ve seen flavor-wheels for wine, and more recently they’ve been appearing for mezcal. It makes sense, both in terms of market positioning and also trying to define the broad spectrum of different flavors you’ll find in mezcal and other agave spirits. But … what if banana tastes different to me than it does to you? The flavor training wheels come off in this episode of Agave Road Trip!

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    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

MuchoSpanish.com ,

A lot of fun and very informational

Living in Mexico City, I’ve fallen in love with mezcal. This podcast is full of information and expertise, and it’s a lot of fun to listen to.

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