A Mezcal Tasting and Education at Los Amantes in Oaxaca
Mezcal is Oaxaca's smokey spirit of choice and one of the best places to try it is at the mezcaleria Los Amantes in Oaxaca City.
The walls of the funky space on Allende 107 in the historical district are lined with dozens of clay pots that were traditionally used to transport mezcal. At the back of the shop is a massive bar where a tasting flight ranges from between $20-35 US dollars.
The employees are extremely knowledgable about their own mezcal and about the spirit in general. As they walk you through a flight of three to five tastings, they'll discuss the history and production of mezcal and explain the traits and virtues of the agave from which it is derived.
You will walk away from Los Amantes buzzing from both the spirit itself and your newfound mezcal knowledge.
Understanding just how complex and labor intensive the process required to produce mezcal is makes you appreciate its earthy merits that much more.