If you really want to get down to grass roots and learn about the mezcal-making process in detail, take a trip out to some rural palenques (small-scale producers) with Mezcal Educational Tours, led by resident expat mezcal writer and expert Alvin Starkman.

Prices start at US$38 per hour total for two people for a five-hour minimum tour; 10% of the revenue goes to an education program for indigenous women.