Forget That Horrid Experience In College and Drink Mezcal Now
I’ve lost count of the number of times someone has told me, “I don’t drink tequila. It makes me [crazy/angry/sleep with random strangers].” This is complete and utter bullshit, and I’m calling it out. Alcohol is alcohol; different spirits don’t lead to different moods—it’s all about how much you drank and the circumstances you drank it in. And people who hate tequila generally had way too much of the cheapest bottle in the store once or twice in college and gave the stuff up forever.
That ends now. Yes, bad tequila is really bad, but good tequila is really good, and it’s time to try some of Mexico’s good stuff. While you’re at it, you should also test out some mezcal, tequila’s smokier, wilder cousin: It’s getting pretty trendy, and you’ll be seeing it a lot this coming year.
Call this one a gateway mezcal. While the smoky funk of more idiosyncratic mezcals can be off-putting for beginners, El Silencio is a smooth spirit, with a hint of burning hickory and some nice, comforting roasted flavors. All the characteristics that make mezcal mezcal are there, just a bit toned down and more approachable. Try it in place of whiskey (no, really!) in an Old Fashioned.