Jul 30, 2020
Eric is joined by a pair of
agave warriors - pyromaniac distilling engineer Salvador Peribán
(aka Chava) and Lou Bank, founder of SACRED, a US-based agave non-profit organization.
They’re the hosts of the hit podcast, Agave Road Trip, which debuted earlier this summer on Heritage
Radio Network. In this interview, we put all our pinas on the table
talking about mezcal, direct fire distillation, and the wild,
wonderful world of agave.
Some of the topics they discuss include:
Chava and Lou came to fall in love with Mezcal - each in their own
special way. Lou by way of beer and Chava, well...his journey may
have involved a little under-aged drinking something called “Aguas
Locas,” aka Crazy Waters.
makes agave spirits so special - including milling, direct-fire
distillation, earthen oven roasting, and a terroir unique from any
other in the world.
course, they talk about Agave Road Trip, but more importantly, they
try to capture some of the stories, flavors, and a few examples of
the 400 decisions (and that’s not a random number) that mezcaleros
must make as they cultivate, ferment, and distill their
There’s a few other important
discussions that anchor this interview:
is the recap of an agave tasting seminar Lou gave at Tales of the
Cocktail 2019, where he walked people through a 3 by 3 comparative
tasting that demonstrated the fingerprint of the agave varietal vs.
the fingerprint off the mezcalero, vs. the fingerprint of the
moment (or the batch, or the microbiome).
- Another is our attempt at explaining the very
tricky line that external interests must walk when interacting with
the mezcal community. This is a question I’ve been stewing on since
I met Lou a year ago, and I think we uncover some really important
questions that all gringos need to consider when we make choices
finally, we do a little thought experiment to figure out what the
world might look like if agave spirits were produced in places
outside of Mexico.