We visited Oaxaca in December 2013. We had heard that Oaxaca was the mezcal capital of the world and no trip to the region would've been complete without at least a taste of mezcal. But we wanted something different from what the many bus tours were offering, so we did a bit of research and found Alvin. We booked a day with him and we're so glad we did as it turned out to be the highlight of our trip. Alvin took us on a customized tour off several distilleries. The tour was well thought out. If you love learning about process and appreciate the nuances of distillation, look no further than Alvin. His knowledge of the liquor is second to none. By the end of the tour, we saw all the main methods and ingredients used in making mezcal. This is not to say that if you have no interest in the distillation process that you wouldn't enjoy the tour as really, the best part was getting to see a very different side of Mexico not seen by most tourists. Over the years, Alvin's befriended many Oaxacans and it's wonderful that he's been able to turn that into something for the rest of us to appreciate. We loved it that we got to visit an elderly individual who made mezcal in her own home, met with palenqueros who've been distilling for generations, and folks that spoke to each other not in Spanish but in Zapoteca. We had an exceptional day with Alvin. If there's one tour you must take while in Oaxaca, do not pass up on the chance to go with Alvin.
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