Viva Agave! Meet Niki Nakazawa of Neta Mezcal

Describe your role in the world of agave?

My partners and I work with families of farmers and small producers in a few communities in Miahuatlan, Oaxaca. We buy and promote the mezcal they produce and are working to make it available for people to enjoy outside of Mexico.

What is your favorite agave spirit?

Mezcal Miahuateco

What’s the one thing you think everyone should know about your favorite agave spirit?

I think everyone should know that mezcal is made from many different kinds of agave that grow in different places, at different altitudes, in different soils, with different sugar contents, and different phenotypes. At its best, mezcal is a distillation of the incredible biocultural diversity we find in Mexico.

Where is your favorite place to drink it?

I love drinking mezcal at the palenque with the people who made it.

What is your favorite cocktail with it?

Neat, always. Toasted pumpkin seeds on the side.