Brett Atkinson takes a mezcal tour in Oaxaca.

The journey from the mezcal distilleries of Palenque to the hippest cocktail bars in New York begins along the dustiest road in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Helmed by the amiable Gregorio Martinez Garcia — aka Don Goyo — the 3 Mezquites distillery is a final hazy stop after a full day exploring the mezcal scene around Oaxaca's lush river valleys and arid serrated hills. As Don Goyo's easy-going dogs enjoy a siesta, seeking out the afternoon's final rays, we're feeling equally blissed out after sampling 3 Mezquites' world-famous-in-Brooklyn mezcals.

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