Just thought I’d open up a thread about agave spirits since there doesn’t seem to be one specifically dedicated to it yet. I’m open to any discussion on the subject but I’ve particularly been hoping to find out:
- Anybody have a good body of knowledge about the definitions and distinctions between types of agave spirits (and related boozes) including mezcal, tequila, bacanora, sotol, raicilla, etc?
- Anyone know good sources in SoCal to sniff out the above? I’m particularly looking for places to purchase bottles, not taste in a bar.
To give some context, I’m not a big drinker of any of these spirits (more of a whiskey neat person) but someone close to me works at a mezcal bar so I’m starting to look into the subject.
As far as purchasing in SoCal, I’ve been to both Ramirez Liquor locations in Boyle Heights, Beverage Warehouse in Mar Vista, Leyva’s Liquor in Tijuana, and am planning to visit Old Town Liquor in San Diego at some point (although they seem to cost an arm and a leg). I’m based in LA so recommendations in the greater metropolitan area are welcome but I’m willing to drive a few hours if there’s a particularly good source further out.