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Thea Cumming: Why I love Mezcal

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Thea Cummings produces Dangerous Don coffee mezcal, and is one of the co-founders of London Mezcal Week, so she's just the person to tell us the very best things about the agave-based Mexican spirit.

"Here is my Top Three of what I love about mezcal. After the recent success of London Mezcal Week, I'm still on a mezcal high. My mum once told me that if you love what you do you won’t ever do a day’s work again and I'm starting to understand what that really means.

I run London Mezcal Week with my friend Melanie Symonds (who makes QuiQuiRiQui mezcal) and was full of passionate, dedicated and truly wonderful mezcal ambassadors who I am lucky to call my friends. These friends and peers around me are full of knowledge, understanding and compassion for such an amazing spirit - we had ambassadors from Italy, Germany, France, Mexico, USA & all over the UK, representing over 30 different brands. The event was bigger and better than last year, continuing to grow since we started it three years ago.  There is genuine interest in seeing mezcal grow as a category here in the UK which is a great place to be.

So #1 – I love the people I work with

As the category grows we are seeing more and more products coming into the UK and amongst them there are some absolute gems. We have more raicilla, bacanora and sotols (different types of mezcal from different regions) so it is great to see new regions being represented here in the UK. The diversity of agave spirits never fails to amaze me, some taste like candyfloss and some like green apple – there is no other spirit quite like it.

So #2 – I love the diversity.

I recently went to Oaxaca for 10 days to find a new product (which we will be launching later this year); I try and spend at least ¼ of the year in Mexico. During this trip I was fortunate enough to spend a week travelling around Oaxaca, meeting new producers and trying their delicious mezcals. The time, love and skill which goes into every bottle is truly inspiring. Mezcal still relies on mother nature, the land, moon and the hand of each Maestro/Maestra (the people who make the spirit). In a world where everything seems to be about new technology, the beauty of mezcal production is very grounding. Recipes and techniques have been used by producers and their families for generations, and there is a real desire to protect an old process rather than trying to develop something new. It is so important that we make the right decisions when we are consuming to protect these process and help the small producers grow.

#3 – I love the producers and the processes they strive to preserve.

 

I feel lucky and very grateful for this magical spirit which I help represent here in the UK. Look out for lots of events, supper clubs, parties and collaborations coming your way later this year from Dangerous Don

 

Hasta pronto!! 

Thea"

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