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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Pride of Oaxaca
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Mezcal is the rustic cousin
Tequila can only be made from the blue agave plant, whereas mezcal is made
from one of the other 150 species of agave native to Mexico.
When visiting the Mexican
Oaxaca, one will find mezcal for sale just about everywhere. Free tasting
stands are located all throughout town, and besides the regular
cafes, you will also find mezcalerias.
you to purchase copas of various brands of mezcal to see which ones you
women offering tastes of mezcal
There are styles of mezcal made
to please any palate. Here you see these women offering samples of a
"cream" mezcal in flavors such as pina colada, cafe, nut,
strawberry, coconut, jamaica, mocha and more.
Metal tray with ice and
bottles of cream mezcal
These cream mezcals are a
favorite of tourists who come to the city of
Oaxaca. They are
sweet, easy to sip and are in flavors of different fruits, nuts and cafes.
Close up of the tray of
Here you can easily see the
different colors and flavors of the free offerings of mezcal available. These
would be considered dessert mezcals, not what a serious connoisseur would
Beautiful "Mezcal Lady"
Obviously, the favorite
flavors of mezcals for tourists are the creamy styled flavors. If you look on
the table at the left of the photo, you will see a bottle of the clear, smoky
mezcal for which Oaxaca is also famous.
All mezcal gets its
distinctive flavor during the production process. The pinas, or hearts of
the agave plants are cooked in pits in the ground in the same way as one
would do a pig roast.
The pina is then crushed, combined with water and allowed to ferment.
A little like Bailey's
characteristic of mezcal is still discernable through the flavorings of these "Fruticrem"
products. Even though in samplings they are given to you cooled by ice, they are
excellent poured over a glass of ice and sipped.
Oro de Oaxaca -
Gold of Oaxaca
Stacked on the stairs on
the left side in this photo is a local brand of Oaxaca mezcal, Oro de Oaxaca.
On the right side is a mountain of the creams.
In the past, mezcal used to
be called mezcal wine. So just as there are names of wines after the grapes that
make them like Pinot Noir, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, in mezcal you have
Madrecuixe, Tobala, Espadin, Largo, Cirial, Tripon, Barril - some 150 names!
Here you see a mezcal
farmer or a Maestro Mezcalero
Most of the individual
farmers have small operations for production. Unlike grapes which are harvested
each year, sometimes farmers have to wait decades for their agave plants
to mature. Large operations have fields and fields of agave at different
ages so that their distilling process is not brought to a halt.
The bottle should say
whether it was distilled in a clay or copper pot . Clay pots produce earthier
mezcals, while copper makes for a smoother taste.
Mezcal is considered to be
a craft spirit. You "kiss" mezcal, meaning you sip it, you don't shoot it down
in a glass. Just as with
there is great respect for this beverage.
Prices range from $10USD
for a bottle to upwards of $100USD. Served at room temperature in a wine glass
to be able to enjoy the nose of the mezcal, it generally comes with a slice of
orange, and a pinch of salt.
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