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Experience Agave - Oaxaca

Oaxaca, Mexico
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About Experience Agave - Oaxaca
Private, in-depth day tours of artesanal and traditional mezcal distilleries (palenques). Led by a bilingual guide with a deep knowledge of mezcal and insider connections. Special requests most welcome.
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MCLindgren wrote a review Mar 2020
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This tour was so worth it. Our guide was Dary, who provided invaluable mezcal information as well as useful tips for our stay in Oaxaca. The tour was customized based on Dary's knowledge of the area/our requests. It was really cool to see mezcal producers in their element - we happily brought home lots of mezcal we would not have been able to buy had we not gone on this tour. Additionally, our lunch stop had some of the best food we had during our week in Oaxaca. Our expectations were exceeded.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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jay_baer_bloomington wrote a review Mar 2020
Bloomington, Indiana6 contributions23 helpful votes
Absolutely incredible. Extraordinary guides (Kami is the bomb), unbelievable food, and up-close access to some of the worlds greatest mezcal makers. Whole trip is incredibly well-organized, educational, and fun. Highly recommended if you love agave spirits, and are okay going off the beaten path a bit. This is my second trip with Experience Agave and i recommend them to everyone. I’ll be back again!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Missesball wrote a review Mar 2020
Lompoc, California8 contributions
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We first learned about Experience Mezcal back in 2017. We wanted a more authentic mezcal tour outside of Oaxaca city and they were extremely accommodating despite our last minute booking. We could not have asked for a more thoughtful and hospitable guide than Darinel. He grew up locally and knew all of the mezcaleros from each of the little towns. This wasn't our first experience with mezcal so we wanted something a little more gritty and he introduced us to many of the tiny producers who don't distill under their own label. After that, we booked a second trip with a large group of friends who were brand new to the mezcal world. True to form, Dary knew where to take us so we could all enjoy the mezcal experience and everyone left an enthusiast. This last tour over Thanksgiving weekend was the cherry on top. We spent three days in the low jungle of Sierra Norte for an immersive mezcal adventure where we learned to make Pechuga at Mezcal Tosba. There, we met the mind behind the company, Clayton, whose passion for agave spirits and Mexican culture is contagious. It was unlike anything I've ever done and I left feeling like we'd known one another for years. If you're wavering at all between which mezcal company to choose from, do not hesitate to book with these guys. They are top-notch professionals, and no matter what your experience is with mezcal so far, you will leave with a new perspective and so many memories.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from jaimecaruthers, Customer Service at Experience Agave - Oaxaca
Responded Mar 17, 2020
Dear missesball, Thank you so much for your enthusiastic review! It was a pleasure having you along, and we hope to have you back on a tour someday! Saludos.
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Felisa Rogers wrote a review Mar 2020
Deadwood, Oregon12 contributions3 helpful votes
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The word unique is overused, but this truly was a unique experience. I've been traveling in Mexico for forty years and am a seasoned travel writer. I've visited many mezcal palenques on my own. Thus, I was skeptical about going on a tour. But I'm so glad I did. I would never have been able to get this kind of access on my own. After a fun orientation night in the city of Oaxaca, we got up early in the morning to travel far into the lush Sierra de Juarez mountains to the remote Tosba distillery and the home turf of master distiller Edgar González, his wife Andrea, and his charming family. The accommodations were rustic, as advertised. A few of us brought tents and the other guests slept in a basic bunkhouse. But we were treated like kings. Andrea Gonzalez is an amazing cook who specializes in local, indigenous delicacies. We feasted on venison ribs, giant homemade tortillas, fresh eggs, incredible salsas, and black beans, all cooked over a wood fire. We spent two full days at the Tosba palenque, and our tour leader and Edgar had perfectly timed it so we were able to participate in or witness all aspects of the distilling process--from farm to table. We toured Tosba's sustainable agave farm, planted agave seedlings, witnessed harvest, helped fill the ovens, later helped remove cooked agave from the steaming pit, and then watched the traditional crushing of the gave hearts with a horse-powered tahona. Meanwhile, Edgar was distilling a batch of pechuga and we sat up at night in the glow of the wood-fired still, sampling the "fresh" mezcal--from heads to tails. Highlights included hiking to drink mezcal in a tropical waterfall and hanging out with a great group of people. Edgar and Andrea are lovely, tour leader Clayton Szczech is charming and adept at sharing his deep knowledge of agave spirits, and Experience Agave guide Darinel Silva was incredibly attentive and made everyone feel at home and cared for. Partially through Szczech's ability to put people at ease, our group of (mostly) strangers soon coalesced into a lively and relaxed group of friends. Overall, the entire experience felt fun and relaxed while simultaneously engaging, rich in detail, and well-organized. I learned a lot. This was a real adventure and an experience of a lifetime.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from jaimecaruthers, Customer Service at Experience Agave - Oaxaca
Responded Mar 17, 2020
Dear glassmongoose, Thank you so much for your extremely thorough review! It was a pleasure having you along, and we hope to have you back on a tour someday! Saludos.
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OrangeOrb wrote a review Mar 2020
Redlands, California31 contributions22 helpful votes
I'm an independent traveller. I speak Spanish. I can find my own way and have great experiences. BUT I had my eyes opened on this four-day guided stimulation called the "Pechuga Tour". The objective was to go get some hands-on experience at distilling mezcal. Sure enough, we did get crazy hands on with making Mezcal - piling in the firewood, jumping in the fire pit to pull out the cooked heads of agave, taking sip samples of the mezcal as it dribbled out of the still. So mission accomplished, but I have to say it was much more than that. This odd mix of tour participants - urbanites, mostly thirties/some forties, some international - didn't seem like it was going to click when we first met - but we ended up pulling together over the four days, especially when mixed with the charismatic glue of our leader, Clayton Czchzczk. We just really had a fun time getting to know each other. The food, all cooked outside on wood, was excellent. The family hosting us was excellent. The cliffside waterfall pool bathing was excellent. The buzzed sing-along of "Soy el Rey" with the neighborhood band was excellent! Tours can be awful, but this Experience Agave tour proved to me that, wow, with the right leadership and a company that attracts these kinds of participants - that was an experience that I could never achieve on my own. Clayton and crew, you have established the benchmark for what makes great tour experiences absolutely great. You have truly achieved something with this. WELL DONE!!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from jaimecaruthers, Customer Service at Experience Agave - Oaxaca
Responded Mar 17, 2020
Dear OrangeOrb, Thanks so very much for your fantastic review! Also, LOL re: Clayton's last name. It's indeed a doozy! Saludos!
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