Rain of Terroir

by Sid Feddema


Mexico’s mythical mezcal is making a break for the border. According to legend, hundreds of years ago a lightning bolt struck the gem of a maguey plant and mezcal was born.

Our pals at GEM&BOLT dropped by the Flaunt office to share their unique concoction, which is made with 100% agave, and infused with Mexico’s treasured damiana herb.

Daughters of bootleggers, Adrina Drina and Elliott Coon have partnered with fourth-generation distillers in Oaxaca, Mexico to provide a clean, pure spirit. All the ingredients are fairly traded and organically grown, and the female-run company has made sustainability a priority.

GEM&BOLT were so kind as to invite us to crawl inside their lovely bottles just to find out what emerged on the other side.

Here’s what the Flaunt staff have to say:

What does this drink remind you of?

Sid: Finding water when it was sorely needed.

Matthew: Candle-lit cathedrals along the fabled waterways of Europe met with a roller coaster ride through the heart of Mexico.

What would you pair with this?

Mui-Hai: White lace.

3 words to describe it?

Matthew: Clean, lean, slightly-obscene.

Mui-Hai: Incandescent, melody, dawn.

Gus: Soft, curvaceous, trouble.

What song would you listen to while drinking it?

Matthew: Acid Polly’s sunrise set at the inaugural Day Zero.

Gus: Amason – “Yellow Moon”.

What is your ideal setting for drinking GEM&BOLT?

Sid: Hot air balloon over a Bolivian salt flat.

Greg: 6 am.


Written by Greg McLellan

Photographed by Isaac von Hallburg