Last Updated on December 29, 2022 by Lydia Martin
Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston are not just buddies on-screen but are co-owners of Dos Hombres Mezcal. There are mixed reviews on this mezcal despite being celebrity-endorsed. Some say it’s good, while other reviews claim it’s too smoky.
Let’s find out what this product is worth in this honest Dos Hombres Mezcal review.
Everything About Dos Hombres Mezcal
Dos Hombres Mezcal became popular because it is Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston’s Mezcal brand. “Two guys on a quest,” the translation of Dos Hombres in Spanish, describes the two Breaking Bad stars. They started Dos Hombres in 2019.
The success of George Clooney and Casamigos inspired them, but they knew that they needed an expert to produce the quality they wanted. This vision prompted them to bring in Gregorio Velasco. He is a third-generation Mezcalero who develops quality traditional Mezcal in this modern era.
How It’s Made
Dos Hombres uses Espadin fruits. They cook these agave fruits in earthen pits before using the Tahona method to extract the juice. The agave juice is processed between seven to ten days before it goes through distillation in copper stills. These stills are small but they can produce around 700 bottles within a month.
Dos Hombres is made of Espadin agaves harvested from San Luis del Rio, Oaxaca, Mexico. The second component is mountain spring water. There are no additives or other foreign ingredients added to this spirit.
There are two variants of this spirit. The fist is the Dos Hombres Tobala Mezcal Joven Artesanal which is 84-proof and has 42% ABV. The second is Dos Hombres Tobala Mezcal which is 90-proof, with 45%ABV.
To the palate, this spirit suggests a fresh, sweet flavor of the finest Espadin agave and fruit with notes of sapote and mango with a subtle hint of wood.
To the nose is the smell of apple with pit-roasted Espadin. The scent transitions into a unique blend of sapote and fruit notes.
It is a good spirit with a very clear hue. The color is perfect for cocktails, but the smooth texture makes it great for sipping.
The finish has a smooth yet suppressed savory smoke originating from firewood.
Who Makes This Mezcal?
Gregorio Velasco, a third-generation Mescalero, makes these spirits. The Espadin agave plants are grown in a small village in Oaxaca, Mexico. It is the same location where the Maestro Mescalero lives.
An earthen pit of hot stones is located nearby, where the agaves are cooked. Nearby, the Tahona stone is situated where it smashes the cooked fruits and extracts the juices. It is also where they fermented and distilled these spirits.
Do Aaron Paul & Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad Own It?
Yes, Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad own it. In June of 2021, Constellation Brands bought the minority stake, which means this brand is still operated and owned independently.
Common Dos Hombres Mezcal Prices
|Bottle Type||Size||Alcohol By Volume||Average Price|
|Dos Hombres Tobala Mezcal||750ml||45%||$353|
|Dos Hombres Espadin Mezcal||750ml||42%||$61|
Compared to Other Mezcals
Montelobos Espadin is one of the popular Mezcal brands in the market. Similar to Dos Hombres, it is made with pure Espadin agaves. It has a balanced smoke and a uniquely tasty flavor.
It also has a very smooth texture, praised by Mezcal drinkers. A 750 ml bottle of Montelobos is roughly $44 with 43.2 % ABV.
Ilegal Mezcal Joven
Ilegal Mezcal Joven was “creatively” transported by John Rexer, its founder, in the early 2000s. He transported it to his bar, which is why “Originally produced for: Café No Sé Mezcal Bar” is written at the bottom of the bottles of this brand.
Like Dos Hombres, this mezcal has less smoke which elevates its savor. Each 750 ml bottle is roughly $42 with 40% ABV.
Mezcal Vago Elote
Mezcal Vago Elote is one of the best Mezcal ever produced. It has a unique savor. This drink is infused with roasted sweet corn.
Dos Hombres and Mezcal Vago Elote do not have similarities other than not being a smoke bomb. This drink has subtle agave and smoke flavors but a rich taste of tropical fruits, vanilla, and earth.
Popular Dos Hombres Mezcal Cocktail Recipes
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time:2 minutes
- 1.5 ounces Dos Hombres
- ½ ounce Honey Syrup
- ½ ounce Liquor 43
- 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
- ¾ ounce Lemon Juice
Rim half of the rocks glass with salt. Set aside. Place all ingredients inside a shaker and shake it very well.
Pour into the rimmed rummer. Serve and enjoy.
Death To El Gusano
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
- 1.5 ounces Dos Hombres
- 1-ounce Jalapeño/Rosemary Simple Syrup
- 2 Dashes Teapot Bitters
- ¾ ounce Lime Juice
Create the simple syrup first. Mix sugar, water, quartered jalapeños, and rosemary (1) sprigs in a pan and bring it to a boil. Set it aside for 24 hours—strain and place syrup in a container.
If you do not want to go through all these, you can also use store-bought syrup. Place all ingredients inside the shaker, including simple syrup. Shake vigorously. Serve.
Is mezcal stronger than tequila?
Not necessarily. Both liquors have the same ABV range, 35% to 55%, 75-110 proof. However, the flavor of alcohol in a mezcal may be stronger than in tequila. In a way, many mezcals are stronger than tequila, or it could also be the other way around. However, the flavor of alcohol in a mezcal may be stronger than in tequila. So, will tequila give you a hangover?
Where is Dos Hombres Mezcal made?
Dos Hombres Mezcal is made in Oaxaca, Mexico. Everything that is used for its production is within the same location. The agave plantation is near the home of the Maestro Mescalero. The same goes for the cooking pit, fermenting area, and the Tahona extraction areas.
Dos Hombres Espadin is a good mezcal. The full taste of agave blended with hints of woody and fruit notes mixed with just the right amount of light smoke made us enjoy every sip.
Some reviews say it is as boring as beer. Other reviews claim this brand can topple over any tequila brand. It has its rightful place in the market, and we are not wondering why it rose to the top almost instantly.
A drink with this savor and texture shows how much was put into its preparation to achieve the outcome.
Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here.