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A little about Playa Zipolite, The Beach of the Dead . . .

Playa Zipolite, Oaxaca, Southern Mexico, on the Pacific Ocean. A little bit about my favorite little get-away on this small world of ours.

Zipolite, a sweaty 30-minute walk west from Puerto Angel, brings you to Playa Zipolite and another world. The feeling here is 1970's - Led Zep, Marley, and scruffy gringos.

A long, long time ago, Zipolite beach was usually visited by the Zapotecans...who made it a magical place. They came to visit Zipolite to meditate, or just to rest.

Recently, this beach has begun to receive day-trippers from Puerto Angel and Puerto Escondido, giving it a more TOURISTY feel than before.

Most people come here for the novelty of the nude beach, yoga, turtles, seafood, surf, meditation, vegetarians, discos, party, to get burnt by the sun, or to see how long they can stretch their skinny budget.

I post WWW Oaxaca, Mexico, Zipolite and areas nearby information. Also general budget, backpacker, surfer, off the beaten path, Mexico and beyond, information.

REMEMBER: Everyone is welcome at Zipolite.

ivan

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Paste Magazine Mezcal for Beginners: 5 Introductory Bottles of Mexico's Other Spirit Paste Magazine Oaxaca state is the epicenter of the mezcal world, but it's not the only place making the smoky, earthy, complex liquor. The sheer number of brands ...


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Mezcal for Beginners: 5 Introductory Bottles of Mexico's Other Spirit
Oaxaca state is the epicenter of the mezcal world, but it's not the only place making the smoky, earthy, complex liquor. The sheer number of brands ...

Mezcal for Beginners: 5 Introductory Bottles of Mexico's Other Spirit

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Mezcal for Beginners: 5 Introductory Bottles of Mexico's Other Spirit
It’s not hard to spend $100 or more on a bottle of mezcal. Like tequila, the spirit is distilled from the agave plant and usually produced in small villages around Mexico. Oaxaca state is the epicenter of the mezcal world, but it’s not the only place making the smoky, earthy, complex liquor.
The sheer number of brands and varieties to choose from, not to mention the high price ceiling in the U.S., can make buying mezcal a challenge. The following five brands are relatively easy to find in U.S. stores and have prices and flavor profiles that are friendly to both mezcal greenhorns and more seasoned students of the spirit.
Del Maguey Vida
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Del Maguey’s tall green bottles are easily recognizable on liquor store shelves. The brand carries a variety of single village mezcals that run the range of agaves. Del Maguey Vida sells for around $ 40 and is a good entry-level bottle. It’s made with espadin agave and has subtle smoke and fruit flavors ideal for enjoying straight or as a base for cocktails. Prices go up from there. Expect to pay around $70 for the more-intense and earthy Chichicapa mezcal and more than $100 for the Tobala agave varietal.

El Silencio Espadin
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El Silencio produces two types of mezcal ideal for mixing or sipping. The Espadin variety comes in a black bottle and retails for around $40. It’s got enough smoke to make an impact in cocktails but the overall character isn’t overpowering. The harder-to-find (and more expensive) Joven is a sipping mezcal made from a blend of three agaves – espadin, mexicano and tobasiche.

Mezcales de Leyenda, Oaxaca Espadin
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Mezcales de Leyenda is another brand that sources its product from artisans across Mexico. The brand sells three main varieties: Espadin mezcal from Oaxaca state, cupreata mezcal from Guerrero state and wild duranguensis agave from Durango. The green-accented Oaxacan bottle is the most straightforward and has mezcal’s signature earthy, smoky and citrusy body. Those new to mezcal might find it a little pricey at around $50, but the quality and taste is excellent.

Wahaka Mezcal Joven Espadin
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As the name cleverly suggests, Wahaka mezcal is made in Oaxaca state. It’s available in a handful of U.S. markets, including California, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Washington, D.C. and others. The unaged Espadin is the most entry-level variety, with snappy citrus notes and just enough smoke and sweetness to give it the complexity that mezcal is known for. And the price hovers around $40.

Fidencio Clasico Mezcal
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Fidencio’s “clasico” mezcal is another option made with 100 percent agave. At 88 proof, this joven mezcal packs a bit more of a punch than the others on the list. Still, the smokiness is restrained, making it easy entry into the “sport” of mezcal. The price isn’t prohibitive – it retails for in the mid-$30 range and is best suited for using as the base of a cocktail, or look to it for a less-intense sipping mezcal.

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