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Become a mezcal expert with a one-of-a-kind expert at your side!

Mezcal (a.k.a. mescal) is the 'alcohol du jour' in Mexico,  New York, and Sydney.... and with good reason.

As an artisanal product of denomination,
mezcal (and its prima materia, agave) has a breathtaking cultural history, a strong bond with terroir, & an astonishing range of tasting notes.

If you are a foodie, then this private 1.5 hour tour in Mexico City is a must!

Experience three distinct boutique production distillations & discover the incredible variety of formats mezcal embodies, through experience, knowledge & flavor!!

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Our mezcal  expert Paco (right) does not wear a bow tie, but he is the undeniable 'Rhodes Scholar' of Mezcal.

This a highly educative mezcal tasting, set in an informal ambience, so you can ask questions, and relax!

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photo courtesy of Monica Brockmann: Instagram @ilchapis

By the tour's end, you'll agree. The magic of turning cactus into mezcal is nothing short of a miracle.

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I cannot recommend highly enough the Mezcal tasting at la Clandestina. The products are sensational, the experience educational, and the dinner at the end at la Lavanderia simply delicious, the cocktails being another highlight of that place. 
Laura, Matt, Jose and Paco made Mexico as exciting, interesting and accessible as could have been imagined for a group our size. 
I cannot recommend them strongly enough.

These large unlabelled artisanal bottles are the supply of mezcal used for your private mezcal  tasting.

You won't try a single mezcal that comes from a branded or commercial label bottle.

Our focus is on single-batch, limited production mezcals, sourced directly from rural suppliers.

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Dear Laura, You should know, this mezcal tasting with Paco was so much fun, and so informative. This is something special for us to experience. We so appreciate today’s tasting. I cannot say enough about how great this was!"
P Lao

Elaine Clayman, USA


Your mezcal host Paco is a fabulously knowledgeable and fun person to spend time with!

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Our local mezcal expert is Paco Bernal - a truly likeable and knowledgeable expert, who is frankly inspirational in his knowledge of mezcal and its traditions. Be it the difference between agave species, tracing a mezcal's flavours to its production or terroir, or locating the rarest of rare mezcals in Mexico, Paco is like a Rhodes Scholar of mezcal knowledge. He gained his technical expertise at the helm of Mexico City's very first contemporary mezcal-only bars. Opening its doors in 2002, it was the first to focus on solely artisanal mezcals ( that is to say verified mezcals of denomination with a limited release production, where the end of the bottle signified the end of that unique product). Steadfastly refusing to pander to trends for mezcal cocktails and other forms of mezcal tokenism, it championed a new urban standard for mezcal purism, which has now become the new benchmark for the elite.

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Mónica Brockmann meets & greets, translates, and coordinate with your onward plans.

Because Paco is THE mezcal authority in Mexico City, but is not strongly bilingual, we have a dedicated translator for this tour. Monica Brockmann is your private translator and meet&greet host for this mezcal tête à tête. 
PS: you may also recognize Monica as our Foodies Delight tour guide. As a specialist in Mexican culinary traditions and a member of a food critics circle, Monica's gastronomy obsessions make her the perfect partner for anything to do with palate and taste. 

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Director, Laura Ainscough, was the first translator and official guide for this tour. Whenever she can keep her hand in, she does! Mezcal diversity and its sublime denomination of origin is one of her pet passions.

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Arrive as novices, leave as experts!

Enmascarado is made with Espadin agave, & produced in Santiago Matatlan, with an earthen oven & copper still. It's one of the few that Paco gives the thumbs up.

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Stylewalk hosted a mezcal tasting which was excellent. I work in the drinks biz, so it was especially appreciated that the tasting built off my previous experiences. His knowledge was superb. The mescalero/owner of the bar was also amazingly detailed. The overall experience was top-notch.

photo courtesy of Monica Brockmann: Instagram @ilchapis

Mezcal was once rather ignorantly considered the moonshine of Mexico. Now an artisanal mezcal,
derived from a one-off 50 liter batch,
will easily fetch US$120 a bottle

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We only offer private tours. This means you don't share your mezcal tasting with others.

Total for 2person group : US$180

Additional guests : US$42per head

Prices are in US dollars & don't include tax. 

Should you wish to tip your guides, please go ahead! 10-15% is standard hospitality etiquette in Mexico. 

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photo courtesy of Monica Brockmann: Instagram @ilchapis

Solo tasting guests are more than welcome. The pricing  requires a 2 person minimum.


We time your mezcal tasting so  it fits with your dinner plans You can easily stroll or Uber to Mexico City's best restaurants right there in the same neighborhood afterwards.

Tuesday- Saturday: 5pm or 5:30pm 

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This mini-doco with its ecological approach to enjoying mezcal gets our thumbs up!

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Laura arranged a Mezcal tasting at a small local bar that was the grand finale of a wonderful tour.


​You won't find any pompous lectures,or tilted pinkies here!
Your session is packed with factual info, local etiquette, and vignettes, but is informal in tone & atmosphere.

Hosts Paco and former host  David (left) with Vblogger Team 'The Way Away'

Just like mezcal itself, we prefer things be palatable, refreshing, and approachable.

This tasting is informal in style but solid in facts, technical information, tasting notes and vignettes! Your time is spent learning about the ways in which mezcal is produced, and linking this to actual differences that you can taste immediately in the variety of flavours present in the three single batch mezcals you sample.
Many people who have taken this tour, have tried mezcal before, but were incredibly surprised at how little they knew about the range of notes, cactus types, and forms of production there are!! This tasting brought their level of knowledge and understanding to an all time high. Like wine, connecting tastes to first hand experience is essential.

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​The essential facts!

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  • This is a private mezcal tasting session
  • Duration: 1- 1.5 hours, depending on the questions you ask and what this evokes in the raconteur!
  • Try 3 artisanal mezcals of denomination first-hand
  • Learn about the various species of cactus used for mezcal
  • Learn about the variation in tasting notes (it's a complete myth that all mezcals are smoky!)
  • Discover how fermentation, production & distillation affect the taste of mezcal.
  • What's the alcohol proof of mezcal? Find out!
  • Be educated in mezcal drinking etiquette so you look like a local!
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photo courtesy of Monica Brockmann: Instagram @ilchapis

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Laura arranged a Mezcal tasting at a small local bar that was the grand finale of a wonderful tour.


Discover why you couldn't get a more convenient location for a mezcal tasting.

You private mezcal tasting takes places in Roma Norte. From here you can VERY easily get to Centro Historico, Polanco, Juarez, and Condesa - either on foot or by Uber/Didi/Yaxi. That is to say it is very close to all the foodie neighbourhoods with the best restaurants.  You couldn't get a better location because after your mezcal tasting you can simply swan on to dinner. Whereever that might be. 

If you don't want to travel anywhere at all, then we recommend popping next door to the beautifully ambient and chilled out, La Lavanderia. There you can get a very great traditional food from Oaxaca, such as chalupitas, tlayudas or a massive guacamole bowl complete with mortar and pestle.