David Torres-Rouff

Few spirits are more shrouded in myth and mystery than mezcal. An outlaw's drink of ill repute, mezcal has further suffered a long history of lax production standards that allowed chemicals to share bottle space with pure maguey, or agave, liquor. And then there's the ubiquitous worm; introduced into bottles as a marketing gambit in the 1950s, it offers no demonstrable hallucinogenic properties, despite popular perception otherwise. more