33 Jícaras de Mezcal
Pocket-Sized, Yet Powerful
33 Mezcals is a mezcal journal that provides an easy way to quickly record mezcal tasting notes in a small, convenient notebook format. It's thinner than an iPhone and easily fits in a back pocket.
It's the perfect gift for mezcal nerds, agave lovers, spirit dorks and other fans of the mezcalero's art.
While the title is en español, this book is designed for English-language use.
A Collaboration with Tess Rose Lampert
Some drinks have what I call the "college problem.*" That is, "I tried that in college once and got really sick." Mezcal (and its little brother, Tequila**) suffer from this issue. Thankfully, I was introduced to Tess Rose Lampert, who has made a convert of this skeptic. This will be no surprise to those who follow Tess on Instagram, where she's constantly posting drool-worthy spirits she tastes as part of her mezcal education, writing and judging work in New York City and abroad. Her passion for agave-based spirit won me over, and we are pleased to debut this new work which celebrates Mexico's finest drink.
Designed for Speed
It’s tough to hold a notepad in one hand, a pencil in the other, and have another hand left for your glass. Taking notes with 33 Mezcals is as simple as checking a few boxes and entering a few basic facts.
The flavor wheel in 33 Mezcals can be used to quickly recall a mezcal's unique flavor long after consumption. For low values of the flavor, fill in dots near the wheel’s center. A raicilla from the coast of Jalisco made from 12-plus-year-old amarillo and verde agaves, double-distilled first in steel, then in copper pot stills, was used for this tasting.
A teeny, tiny amount of real mezcal is added to the ink in each new edition, which is cryptically noted on the back.
33 Mezcals is made with 100% recycled papers sourced in the Pacific Northwest. Interior pages are 100% post-consumer recycled content and covers are 85% post-consumer recycled content and 15% recycled content. The booklets are printed using US-grown soy-based inks in sunny Portland, Oregon. A teeny, tiny amount of mezcal is added to the ink in each edition, cryptically noted on the back.
* See also r(h)um, whisk(e)y and mead. This last one is particularly sad because most people's first and only exposure to mead is through a friend who himself was making it for the first time. The first one I made was awful - I can almost guarantee your friend's was, too. You should know that there are some really great ones available ... but I digress.
** Tequila is a kind of mezcal, one made only from blue agave, and only in five particular Mexican states. Mezcal is a broader category of spirit, which can be made from many different agave species, in nine particular states. There is some overlap.