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Elixir of the Gods

Albert Menacher, Diego Garibay Petersen

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Elixir of the Gods

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Albert Menacher, Diego Garibay Petersen

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Follow two passionate Agave spirit enthusiasts into the world of Mezcal, Bacanora, Raicilla, Sotol, Tequila and more. Find out about the culture and tradition surrounding this beautiful drink. Follow the process from the seed to the bottle, uncover myths, hear about controversies and decide on the right Mezcal for you by knowing how to decode the label. And of course we are going to sample what some call "Elixir of the gods"- a lot of it! A Mexican-German co-production, made in Berlin.

Latest Episodes

Chapter 0: Teaser

Hi, we are Diego and Albert and we would like to share our passion for the world of Agave spirits with you.

2 MIN2018 NOV 17
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Chapter 0: Teaser

Chapter 1: The Basics

In this first chapter we will try to differentiate the Agave distills, uncover some myths, and explain how to drink it. We will give some information about the Appellations of origin and explain a bit about the complexity and variety of the Agave plant.

24 MIN2018 DEC 14
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Chapter 1: The Basics

Chapter 2: From the seed to the bottle

The goal is to try and give you an idea of the process Agave distills go through to become Spirits. The process is complicated but very interesting. If you know the process for other distills, then it will not be so hard grasp the idea, but each distill has its own characteristics. The 3 most important factors: The Plant: The star of the show, which variety of Agave is being used. The Terroir: The territory and the soil were the plant grows. The Hand: The technique and the personal touch of the producer.

37 MIN2018 DEC 15
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Chapter 2: From the seed to the bottle

Chapter 3: Espadin Tasting

Espadin subspecies tasting. 3 Different Espadines, from different regions, with different techniques. - Raicilla La Venenosa Tabernas - Mezcal Mina Real Blanco - Mezcal Fidencio Clásico

36 MIN2018 DEC 16
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Chapter 3: Espadin Tasting

Chapter 4: How to read the Label

In this chapter we are going to go for the methods. We have seen the process but now we go a bit deeper. The methods are the different techniques used for each stage of the process. The method begins with the Jima, the different tools used for cutting. The cooking, the different ovens. The mashing, how do they mash the plant once its cooked. The fermentation, times, tools, yeasts, etc. The distillation, most common techniques per region.

46 MIN2018 DEC 17
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Chapter 4: How to read the Label

Chapter 5: Bacanora Tasting

We will be trying Bacanoras the pride of the north. Typically a Mezcal, but with its own local Appellation. The Plant in this case is an Angustifolia, but the subspecies is Pacifica. Not a very common drink, but give it a try, you might like it. - Bacanora Cielo Rojo - Bacanora Yoowe - Bacanora Rancho Tepúa

34 MIN2018 DEC 18
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Chapter 5: Bacanora Tasting

Chapter 6: Sotol Tasting

The cousin of Mezcal. Traditionally a Mezcal, but now a days we know it is not an Agave, but a Dasylirion. The plants are very similar and in this chapter we will try to explain the differences between them. We will be trying the same brand, but different varieties of Dasylirions, which is not something that was common in the past years. - La Higuera Leiophyllum - La Higuera Wheeleri - La Higuera Cedrosanum

23 MIN2018 DEC 19
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Chapter 6: Sotol Tasting

Extra Chapter 1: Visting the "Puntas, Gracias" pop-up store

For this special chapter we were invited to a basement inside a barber shop, where the pop-up "Puntas, Gracias" is located. Christian Schrader and Tom Bullock want to make Agave spirits accessible to anybody and share their knowledge and experiences. Based on your individual preferences you can taste four different spirits in a session and they will guide you through the experience. You also can purchase bottles there. We recorded this chapter to give you a feeling for the experience.

62 MIN2019 MAR 2
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Extra Chapter 1: Visting the "Puntas, Gracias" pop-up store

Extra Chapter 2: Live from the Berlin Podcasting Meetup

We were invited to a podcasting meetup at "The Venue" Berlin and had the chance to share our passion. Of course we also brought a bottle so everybody could get a taste.

16 MIN2019 MAR 21
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Extra Chapter 2: Live from the Berlin Podcasting Meetup

Extra Chapter 3: The limitations of denominations with Esteban Morales Garibi

For this episode we met Esteban from Mexcio in Diego's office. Some of the photos on this blog were made by him. Esteban is well connected in the Mezcal scene, he knows many small Agave spirit producers in Mexico and is involved in different small but high-quality brands. He also started his own farm and he is a business partner of Diego who imports crafted spirits to Europe. We discussed about the importance of the small families for the culture of Agave spirits and also the problems that come with categorizing our beloved "Elixirs of the Gods" into denominations of origin. We also talked about why it is a good thing that agaves and their distillation are spreading across the globe.

58 MIN2019 MAY 30
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Extra Chapter 3: The limitations of denominations with Esteban Morales Garibi

Latest Episodes

Chapter 0: Teaser

Hi, we are Diego and Albert and we would like to share our passion for the world of Agave spirits with you.

2 MIN2018 NOV 17
Comments
Chapter 0: Teaser

Chapter 1: The Basics

In this first chapter we will try to differentiate the Agave distills, uncover some myths, and explain how to drink it. We will give some information about the Appellations of origin and explain a bit about the complexity and variety of the Agave plant.

24 MIN2018 DEC 14
Comments
Chapter 1: The Basics

Chapter 2: From the seed to the bottle

The goal is to try and give you an idea of the process Agave distills go through to become Spirits. The process is complicated but very interesting. If you know the process for other distills, then it will not be so hard grasp the idea, but each distill has its own characteristics. The 3 most important factors: The Plant: The star of the show, which variety of Agave is being used. The Terroir: The territory and the soil were the plant grows. The Hand: The technique and the personal touch of the producer.

37 MIN2018 DEC 15
Comments
Chapter 2: From the seed to the bottle

Chapter 3: Espadin Tasting

Espadin subspecies tasting. 3 Different Espadines, from different regions, with different techniques. - Raicilla La Venenosa Tabernas - Mezcal Mina Real Blanco - Mezcal Fidencio Clásico

36 MIN2018 DEC 16
Comments
Chapter 3: Espadin Tasting

Chapter 4: How to read the Label

In this chapter we are going to go for the methods. We have seen the process but now we go a bit deeper. The methods are the different techniques used for each stage of the process. The method begins with the Jima, the different tools used for cutting. The cooking, the different ovens. The mashing, how do they mash the plant once its cooked. The fermentation, times, tools, yeasts, etc. The distillation, most common techniques per region.

46 MIN2018 DEC 17
Comments
Chapter 4: How to read the Label

Chapter 5: Bacanora Tasting

We will be trying Bacanoras the pride of the north. Typically a Mezcal, but with its own local Appellation. The Plant in this case is an Angustifolia, but the subspecies is Pacifica. Not a very common drink, but give it a try, you might like it. - Bacanora Cielo Rojo - Bacanora Yoowe - Bacanora Rancho Tepúa

34 MIN2018 DEC 18
Comments
Chapter 5: Bacanora Tasting

Chapter 6: Sotol Tasting

The cousin of Mezcal. Traditionally a Mezcal, but now a days we know it is not an Agave, but a Dasylirion. The plants are very similar and in this chapter we will try to explain the differences between them. We will be trying the same brand, but different varieties of Dasylirions, which is not something that was common in the past years. - La Higuera Leiophyllum - La Higuera Wheeleri - La Higuera Cedrosanum

23 MIN2018 DEC 19
Comments
Chapter 6: Sotol Tasting

Extra Chapter 1: Visting the "Puntas, Gracias" pop-up store

For this special chapter we were invited to a basement inside a barber shop, where the pop-up "Puntas, Gracias" is located. Christian Schrader and Tom Bullock want to make Agave spirits accessible to anybody and share their knowledge and experiences. Based on your individual preferences you can taste four different spirits in a session and they will guide you through the experience. You also can purchase bottles there. We recorded this chapter to give you a feeling for the experience.

62 MIN2019 MAR 2
Comments
Extra Chapter 1: Visting the "Puntas, Gracias" pop-up store

Extra Chapter 2: Live from the Berlin Podcasting Meetup

We were invited to a podcasting meetup at "The Venue" Berlin and had the chance to share our passion. Of course we also brought a bottle so everybody could get a taste.

16 MIN2019 MAR 21
Comments
Extra Chapter 2: Live from the Berlin Podcasting Meetup

Extra Chapter 3: The limitations of denominations with Esteban Morales Garibi

For this episode we met Esteban from Mexcio in Diego's office. Some of the photos on this blog were made by him. Esteban is well connected in the Mezcal scene, he knows many small Agave spirit producers in Mexico and is involved in different small but high-quality brands. He also started his own farm and he is a business partner of Diego who imports crafted spirits to Europe. We discussed about the importance of the small families for the culture of Agave spirits and also the problems that come with categorizing our beloved "Elixirs of the Gods" into denominations of origin. We also talked about why it is a good thing that agaves and their distillation are spreading across the globe.

58 MIN2019 MAY 30
Comments
Extra Chapter 3: The limitations of denominations with Esteban Morales Garibi
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