Oaxacan Mezcal Tasting Tour Designed by a Master Mezcalier

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    8 guests
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    Start Time
    09h00 - 17h00
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    approx. 25 tastings
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    215 USD

About your Oaxaca tour

The rolling, dusty hills around Oaxaca city are lined with agave, the primary ingredient that makes up mezcal - a smokier cousin of tequila.

To truly get to the heart of this mysterious Mexican spirit, join our Oaxacan Mezcal tasting tour designed (and sometimes led) by one of the few certified master mezcaliers.

Throughout the day, you'll visit at least three traditional palenques (distilleries), using both copper alembics and the ancient clay pots, to learn about the art of this spirit's production from field to bottle while trying around 25 different mezcals. Your guide will help you understand the different profiles and flavours that make up this historic and much misunderstood drink.

Before you sign off the day, you'll sample a pre-Hispanic fermented drink - pulque and aguamiel - accompanied by a traditional Oaxacan lunch in a beautiful rural setting before returning back to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Why this tour is awesome

On this unique tour you will visit ancestral and artisanal palenqueros far from the tourist trail, illustrating the various stages of mezcal production. One of the few people to be granted master mezcalier status has designed and sometimes leads the small-group tour.

If you're looking for a deeper understanding of agave distillates and the culture of the makers and their families, there's simply no better way than joining this Oaxacan mezcal educational excursion and tasting tour.

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Your guide

Randall has been passionate about mezcal for years. He's been the owner of nine Austin bars and restaurants, many of which focused on mezcal-based cocktails. Randall regularly explores the central valleys of Oaxaca and beyond, continually seeking out artisanal, family owned mezcal palenques.

Randall - The Mezcal Aficionado
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Your guide

Alvin is the first Canadian to be certified as a Master Mezcalier by the Asociación Pro-Cultura de Mezcal, A.C. In 2004, he became a permanent resident of Oaxaca. Over the years, his has built up relationships with many of the artisan mezcal producers and authored over 40 articles and a book on the subject. There's simply no one better qualified to design this tour.

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Views over the agave fields in Oaxaca during our master mezcal tour

Views over the agave fields in Oaxaca during our master mezcal tour

See agave plants across the stages of mezcal production in Oaxaca

See agave plants across the stages of mezcal production in Oaxaca

Watch the traditional ways of making mezcal in Oaxaca

Watch the traditional ways of making mezcal in Oaxaca

Taste up to 25 different mezcals with a master Mescalier

Taste up to 25 different mezcals with a master Mescalier

Opportunities to buy bottled of fine mezcal during the experience

Opportunities to buy bottled of fine mezcal during the experience

Learn about traditional mezcal production methods

Learn about traditional mezcal production methods

Sign off the day with a traditional Oaxacan lunch in a rural setting

Sign off the day with a traditional Oaxacan lunch in a rural setting

Includes

  • Price US $215 per person
  • Language English, Spanish
  • Small group Maximum of 12 guests
  • Tastings Approx 25 mezcal tastings + lunch
  • Drinks Bottled water + mezcal tastings
  • Duration 09h00 - 17h00
  • Guide Federally licensed
  • Cancellation Cancel up to 72 hours before with US $50 fee
  • Age Adults, 18 years and older
  • Transport Local van
  • Pick up / drop off Pick up / drop off at Downtown Oaxaca hotel

Dietary information

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian options available
  • Vegan Vegan options possible
  • Lactose free Suitable for lactose intolerant
  • Gluten free Suitable for gluten intolerant
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Discover what Oaxacan mezcal is all about

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How to book

This small-group tour is on request. To join, use the calendar to select your date and book the tour with your card. Confirming the tour takes up to 48 hours. If we cannot confirm the tour, we will refund it in full. For special requests, private bookings, or dietary requirements, please contact us.

What to expect

This tour is designed for those who want to truly understand how mezcal is made from field to bottle. Over the course of the day, you'll visit three different mezcal distilleries, try up to 25 different drinks and enjoy a local Oaxacan lunch. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Guests must be over 18 to join the tour.  

Meeting point

If you are staying within Downtown Oaxaca City, your guide will pick you up from your accommodation and drop you back there at the end of the experience. If not, our guide will arrange a meeting point with you. 

Cancellation Policy

Cancel up to 72 hours before departure with a US $50 per person fee. Within 72 hours of departure, the tour is non-refundable.

Why you should book with us

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  • No hidden charges - all food tastings included in the price
  • Authentic food experience, escape the tourist traps