As the summer heat kicks in, there's nothing like a refreshing mezcal cocktail to cool down. But did you know that your choice of mezcal can significantly impact the environment? This roundup highlights five sustainable brands that not only taste great but also help to preserve the ecosystem and social fabric of Mexico.
Noble Coyote is a brand that truly lives up to its name, with noble and sustainable practices at the heart of its operations. The brand is committed to protecting wild agave species and has initiated a reforestation program. Moreover, they employ traditional crop rotation, use sustainable biofuels, and use less water than most other distilleries. They also support fair trade and ensure that their mezcaleros are paid above-market prices for their craft. Furthermore, they are dedicated to reducing their environmental impact by using only naturally fermented agave and recycled materials for their packaging.
Mezcales de Leyenda
Mezcales de Leyenda is a brand that brings sustainability right to your doorstep. Their commitment to the environment is evident in their packaging, which includes bottles made from recycled glass, labels made from recycled paper, and natural corks. This dedication to sustainability has earned them the first organic seal of any mezcal brand from the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). But their efforts go beyond just packaging. Indeed, they have a detailed netzero roadmap.
Mezcales de Leyenda pays their workers above market rate, gives back 5% of earnings to the region, and ensures that employees receive social security and time off. Their special edition releases each benefit a different social and environmental cause, from cultivating rare wild agave varieties to protecting local customs. This brand is a testament to the fact that sustainability and quality can go hand in hand.
Sombra Mezcal takes sustainability to heart. It is crafted from Espadín agave and grown on the Oaxacan Sierra. The agave hearts are slowly roasted over hot rocks in an earthen pit, crushed by a mechanical limestone tahona (or millstone), fermented with only native yeast, and expertly distilled. This meticulous process ensures the agave's natural flavors are preserved while minimizing environmental impact.
Sombra's commitment to sustainability extends beyond its production process. The brand is also known for its initiatives to reduce water and material wastage, promote animal rights, and bolster its community, making it a top choice for eco-conscious mezcal enthusiasts.
Ilegal Mezcal, a brand that prides itself on its handcrafted and artisanal production methods, is a standout in sustainable mezcal. The brand is committed to maintaining the traditional techniques of the past Maestros—wild agave and natural fermentation.
Ilegal also takes steps to ensure the social and environmental sustainability of their practices by switching to 100% recycled glass bottles, using only 100% sustainable Espadin agave, and focusing on excellent wages and long-term employment for workers. This commitment to preserving both the quality of their mezcal and the community makes Ilegal a top choice for those seeking a sustainable drink this summer.
From the very beginning, Casa Montelobos has been committed to sustainable agriculture, investing in research and design to create less disruptive wood utilization, waste treatment, and harvesting techniques. Their production plant composts viñaza (liquid waste) and fiber residues, contributing to a healthier environment. So, when you sip on a Casa Montelobos mezcal, you're not just enjoying a drink - you're supporting a brand that cares for the planet.