KIND WORDS

We are happy to share some kind words from a few of the awesome guests and clients we have worked with so far.

I’ve had the pleasure of going on several mezcal adventures with Anna and Brooks of Rambling Spirits. They have close connections within Oaxaca’s growing mezcal industry and intimate knowledge of the process. With transportation handled, itinerary planned, photography covered, all you have to do it shown, bring a sun hat, and get ready to learn and taste mezcal to your hearts content. I love that they know the larger modern distilleries and also traditional small mom and pop shops, which makes for a holistic experience. Would highly recommend!
@miha_made

Hannah Aronowitz - Founder of Miha

Anna’s work speaks for itself, she has a true talent for capturing memorable photographs. My wife and I had the opportunity to work with her and Brooks, to see her method firsthand. They masterfully walked us through a hike, where it's part walkabout and part photo shoot. We are a small Mezcal import company and needed a wide variety of social media material. From a short two hour session, they supplied us with a wide range of images for our business and our clients. 
@frijolotes

Fred Baptista - Founder of Frijolotes Mezcal

Anna and Brooks provided me with an unforgettable adventure, and life long friendship. I can not wait to experience another adventure with them in Oaxca. They are trustworthy, hardworking, talented, and full of love!
@bear_tooth_burke

Natalie Beartooth Burke - Artist and Stylist

Mezcal chasing with Anna was one of my favorite experiences in Oaxaca! She is super knowledgeable and clearly passionate about the craft. Not to mention a phenomenal photographer! Highly recommend if you’re looking to explore mezcal in a way that feels local and authentic rather than touristy.

​@tglownyc

Teresa Bigelow - PR Specialist

For passion and then as part of my work, I’ve been visiting the palenques for years. Whereas before we used to organize these trips ourselves, recently there have been tours popping up to provide the service. I was lucky enough to go on one with Anna and Brooks. They managed to strike just the right balance between informative guides and the sense of excitement and adventure that you want from visits to deep and real mezcal country. Recommended.
@stdrecords

Tom Bullock - Author of The Mezcal Experience

When I saw some of Anna’s photography I immediately got in touch to see if she could help us document the inspiring production and traditional techniques behind our woven bags. Anna’s photography really captures the spirit of the talented artisans who make Memah’s products, and it was fantastic to work along side Anna. Not only does she produce beautiful work but her local knowledge, connections and translating was so valuable.
@memahthelabel

Sarah Cowen - Founder of Memah

Anna and Brooks have helped me host friends on a number of occasions. They have excellent knowledge of the industry are really organised and made the trip enjoyable for all!


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Thea Cumming - Founder of Dangerous Don Mezcal

If you’re looking for a fun and informative day out into the Oaxaca valleys but don’t fancy the tourist busses then these guys are for you! I’ve been on multiple excursions with Anna and Brooks since my first visit to Mexico in 2016, and we’ve hosted each other in Oaxaca and London. They’re really knowledgeable about mezcal, and loads of other elements of Oaxacan culture. They know how to do get around like the locals, to places that aren’t in the guidebooks, and they’ll show you a good time while they’re at it.
@sin_gusano

Jon Darby - Founder of Sin Gusano

Anna and Brooks took us on a magnificent day out to Hierve el Agua, the extraordinary mineral springs an hour’s drive from Oaxaca City.  A short but lovely walk through these strange natural pools bubbling gently - mysteriously - and quietly forming a landscape of frozen waterfalls from their mineral deposits.  Return journey via the very strange Mitla, Mixtec ruins with construction and decoration unlike any other we saw in Mexico; and then Yagul, a more extended site where we enjoyed a warm and unencumbered ramble. A highlight were the stops at a couple of distilleries – wonderfully rural and authentic, traditional processes with wood-fired stills and huge dedication - tastings encouraged.  Our guides’ expertise really opened up this industry to us.  In fact it was their knowledge, generosity and charm that made the whole day such a resounding success.  Many thanks to both of them.

David Gye - consultant

Amazing hosts, friendly with real local knowledge - I had bought a guide for the trip but didn't need to use it! They showed me all around Oaxaca and explored sites outside of the city. My highlight was the excursion to Monte Alban.  

Charlie Neil - Philosophy writer 

We had a great time with Anna and Brooks! Their knowledge of Oaxaca culture is deepened by their years of time living in the area. Their knowledge of mezcal is deepened by their years drinking it (and spending vast amount of hours and days with mezcaleros learning their craft). Most importantly they are gracious hosts who pride themselves on providing a very professional experience to anyone interested in learning about mezcal regardless of the guests' mezcal knowledge level. The relationships they've built at palenques and with various mezcaleros is genuine and unique. Next time I'm back in Oaxaca I will count on them to guide me through another fun, genuine and educational mezcal experience!

Joseph PM - Bartender

Anna and Brooks were exceptional hosts, taking me on an eye opening and varied tour of the some of the best mezcal producers. I was blown away by the focus on sustainability and zero waste production, and came away a lot wiser and slightly drunk.
@frontlinechef

Neil Rankin - Head Chef and Owner of Temper restaurant

Truly a unique experience exploring the palenques of Santa Catarina Minas with Anna. She's super knowledgeable about mezcal and well connected within the community - we ended up on a private tour of a small, ancestral distillery where we got to meet some of the mezcaleros, see where they roast the agaves, and watch them distill in clay pots. And afterwards, of course, got to taste some delicious mezcal. Will totally change how you think about your booze, highly recommend!
@mahtehoh

Mateo Schimpf - Freelance Radio Reporter & Mezcal Aficionado

Anna and Brooks are a Oaxacan institution. I was very lucky to meet them on my first trip out west. What a find! The vast majority of my online content has been seen through Anna's lens. Brooks has helped craft some unforgettable serves. And most importantly, they've been formidable drinking buddies - providing good juice and good times in the bars, the fields, and the many hidden palenques of the Sierra Madre.

@pensadormezcal

Ben Schroder - Founder of Pensador Mezcal

Anna is a well respected individual in the Oaxaca mezcal community, going out of her way to introduce me to industry leaders, which is instrumental for businesses building their mezcal brands.

Paul Vargas - founder of Mezcal del Pibe

 

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