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Mezcal faces the same problems with its monoculture as tequila: with emphasis on the espadin agave as the source for 95% of all mezcal, a weakened gene pool from decades of cloning is exacerbated by the growing demand for product. In the 1960s, pinas averaged 200 kgs - today they average only 50 kg. Some companies, like Scorpion, are cultivating other agave for production, including the rare tobala and the massive aruqueno.
Updated May, 2011
2009 Tequila Calendar
A year of beautiful full-colour photographs from the regions around
Tequila and Los Altos. All images taken by and copyright your
administrator, taken on our 2008 forum tour.
Click here to see the ad in
full size and look at some sample
pictures chosen for this calendar.
All pictures were taken by me and are copyright Ian Chadwick.
A printable PDF will be available as a download for $10.
Calendars are ready for mailing now (September, 2008). PDF will be available in fall, 2008.Pay via PayPal donation button on any forum page or this Web page and include your mailing address (send a separate email with mailing instructions). Hurry - 2009 is just around the corner! I think you'll really like this calendar!
Click here for the 2009 Tequila Calendar ad in PDF
Note: This is NOT the same as the tour members' calendar! Tour members will get a different last page of pictures featuring the group.