5 Mezcals Everyone Needs to Experience… with Albert Carballo of Jarabe de Pico

Dave Miller, Albert Carballo, Jarabe de Pico, mezcal, Feria del Mezcal

Dave Miller and Albert Carballo of Mezcal Jarabe de Pico at this years Feria del Mezcal in Oaxaca

Eduardo Belaunzarán, of Wahaka Mezcal, in his 5 Mezcals Everyone Needs to Experience, named Jarabe de Pico as one you should try. That’s how I met Albert Carballo, Horacio Arenas and Clemente Martinez, the men behind Jarabe de Pico. With their brand in my mind, I saw their booth at the recent Feria del Mezcal in Oaxaca and introduced myself.

If you know me, you know that when I’m with a fellow mezcal lover, I’m gonna ask him for their 5 mezcals.

So, here are Albert Carballo’s, of Jarabe de Pico, 5 Mezcals… Salud!

Fruto del Sol… Ensamble, from Ejutla de Crespo. It’s a blend of 75% espadin, 25% barril.

El Rey Zapoteco… Espadin, from Santiago Matatlan. Albert likes the classic espadin and so do I! It is always in my collection, evoking the scents and aromas of some of my favorite areas of Oaxaca.

Real Matlatl… Cerrudo, from Santiago Matatlan. Who can argue with a rec that says try the Cerrudo from Real Matlatl? This is on many top mezcal lists and our reviewer loved it too!

Indocumentado… Espadin, from Santiago Matatlan. Albert recommended this mezcal to me at the 18th Annual Feria del Mezcal this year in Oaxaca. I would agree, try it!

El Jolgorio…  Tepeztate, from Santiago Matatlan. John McEvoy, the Mezcal Phd says this about tepeztate… go to In Situ, ask Ulises Torrentera for three tepeztates and buy your favorite. Mezcal tepezate, or tepextate is a wonderful variety you’ve got to try and have in your collection. Maybe you should start with this one!

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