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Why Lou Says “Agave Spirits” Instead of “Mezcal”

Episode: 116

Back in the 1990s, the Mexican government took legal control of the word ‘mezcal’ away from the people who have shepherded mezcal traditions for hundreds of years. But legal control isn’t the same as moral control. But what does it mean to refer to an uncertified agave spirit as mezcal in the USA? This episode of Agave Road Trip is entirely about why I say ‘agave spirits’ to refer in the USA to what would be called ‘mezcal’ in the communities where these heritage spirits are made.

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