As you glide through the hilly landscape of Oaxaca, you see thin columns of smoke rising into the air. They mark the almost ritualistic process behind the production of mezcal. A traditional Mexican spirit.

The combination of the glowing hot lava rocks and the wet agave hearts dug into the ground, gives a quiet but constant column of smoke. If you follow these white pins in the landscape, you will meet a black horse. The animal pulls the 6-ton heavy stone over the baked agave hearts, and they are now ready for distillation.