It's Time to Pay Attention to Mexican Whiskey

Maya Kroth

When listing the world’s great whiskey regions, most think of Kentucky, the Scottish Highlands, Japan and now ... Oaxaca? Best known for its mezcal, this mountainous state in southern Mexico could become a destination on the whiskey circuit, if the distillers behind Sierra Norte and Pierde Almas have their way. As bottles make their way to bars and specialty shops in the U.S., we had to find out: Is it good?

Though some bargain brands started touting the creation of the first Mexican whiskey back in 2013, the men who’ve recently turned our attention southward are Jonathan Barbieri and Douglas French, who are both making whiskey out of..