Maybe, like me, you think you don’t like mezcal. Your reasons probably involve a worm, in which case they are well founded. I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about mezcal, but about a month ago tried a sip of allegedly good stuff and, well, it might as well have had a putrid worm in it. However the worm has turned! Recently my friend Jimmy gave me a bottle of Los Danzantes Blanco Mezcal as a consolation prize at our recent Guac Off. The numbering on the back of the bottle (no. 999/1458) was a good indication that this was top shelf stuff, and one sip confirmed it. WOW. Smoky, creamy with vanilla and spice and just a bit of heat. It’s $60/750 ml bottle at K&L Wines in Hollywood and worth every cent.