Author Andrew Sean Greer on Mezcal Vago Elote

November 29, 2014 7:32 AM

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Author Andrew Sean Greer on Mezcal Vago Elote

“IT’S THE ONE with the worm in it.” That about sums up what I “knew” about mezcal before my editor at The Wall Street Journal sent me a bottle of it. Of course, I was wrong. The bottle I am talking about was Mezcal Vago Elote, a 100% agave, twice-distilled, toasted-corn-infused, small-batch mezcal from Oaxaca. There was no worm.

The other thing I “knew” about mezcal was that drinking it was a dangerous act, something like sitting in the front row of an interactive theater piece. You are definitely asking for it. It stared me down from atop my desk, a tall, elegant bottle with the brown-paper label of a dirty magazine. I cou...

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