Mexico and Mezcal

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Mezcalería La Penca is located in the heart of Ensenada.

In a cavernous stone room, a wooden bar stood dimly lit and lined with bottles of the agave liquor.

My friends and I sat on creaky stools as the woman behind the bar pulled out tiny glasses and poured the clear liquid into them. Next to our three tastings she placed a dish of orange slices and worm salt.

We inhaled the aroma and exhaled as we sipped.

Smoky earth. Sweet bananas. Warm spice.