Roasting oven at Mascota in the Sierra Madre

Villagrán sources Balam in several different artisanal destilerías, whose modes of production vary within the artisanal tradition. Some roast in rock-lined palenques, others in above-ground adobe ovens; some mill with canoas, others use shredders; all use potstills: copper, clay, stainless steel; and of course each product bears the mark of its distiller’s specific skills and methods. These are very beautiful agave spirits.

Oak tinas for sotol in Chihuahua

Crushing by mazo (mallet) at El Tuito