Breaking Bad made a habit of highlighting whiskey. Walter White's drink of choice was Dimple Pinch scotch, neat. WhistlePig rye and Knob Creek bourbon also played into the show, slugged down by various DEA agents. But in a new collaboration, former Breaking Bad co-stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul decided to go the agave route with a new mezcal brand called Dos Hombres. They debuted the mezcal Tuesday in joint Instagram posts as "real, artesanal Mezcal made by hand in Mexico."
In the post, Cranston and Aaron describe themselves as "two guys on a quest"—hence the name Dos Hombres—to find a truly special mezcal. With this one, they said, "We are crazy about the taste, the aroma, and the versatility of this smokey, age-old alcohol." Their first bottle is called Espadin (after the type of agave most commonly used for mezcal), with hints of apple, mango, local Oaxacan fruits, wood, and, of course, smoke.
Cranston had been teasing the collab for a couple weeks now. In late June, he posted a photograph of two burros captioned "Soon." Later came an image of him and Paul trekking through a dessert river—captioned "Even sooner"—and an image of him sipping from a shallow bowl with the teaser, "A collaboration so smooth you can taste it. 24 hours people!" Paul posted much of the same. Many speculated their product would be a whiskey, given the Breaking Bad whiskey placements, Paul's Instagram handle @glassofwhiskey, and even his upcoming television role as iconic whiskey maker Jack Daniels. (The burros and dessert surroundings ought to have been a dead giveaway, no?) Before that, fans wishfully guessed the duo was teasing a Breaking Bad movie. Not the case.
Espadin is already available to order on Reserve Bar for $58.
Three years ago we sat in a sushi bar in New York. Talking about life and what we could possibly do down the road together. We had the time of our lives while shooting Breaking Bad and truly built a very special bond. Knowing that we couldn’t share the screen for quite a while - our thoughts turned to a new project. We sipped cocktails and thought about what it should be. The younger one looked at his drink and said, you know what we should do? We should do a really special Mezcal. The older one said, you mean the liquor with a worm at the bottom? Nah, that was just some bullshit gimmick, I mean real, artesanal Mezcal made by hand in Mexico. After that dinner we couldn’t get the idea out of our heads. So, we started traveling to Oaxaca to see if we could find it, and we mean it had to be “it,” something so damn good even people who don’t think they like Mezcal will love it. It had to be perfect or we weren’t going to do it. We searched high and low all over Oaxaca, met incredible people along the way and after a beautiful yet grueling search throughout that majestic landscape we believed we may have found our place. Our Mezcal. It was on a dirt-road, in a tiny village, hours away from the center of town, we found it and it was perfect. Holy shit it was perfect. We looked at each other and just simply nodded. This is it. We named it Dos Hombres - two guys on a quest. It’s been a long and crazy journey and we couldn’t be happier to share this with you and the rest of the world. We are crazy about the taste, the aroma, and the versatility of this smokey, age-old alcohol. Try it, and let us know what you think. We are certain you will love it. Well, that’s our story. What’s yours? Go to doshombres.com to get a bottle of your own. Follow us at @Doshombres and @Mezcal to hear more about Mezcal and Dos Hombres. — AP & BC
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To be clear, this is not the first alcohol to come out of Breaking Bad's tenure. In May, Dean Norris, a.k.a. the man who played lovable DEA agent Hank Schrader, released a real-life Schraderbräu German lager. It wasn't home brew—fans can try it for the first time at a California beer fest next week—but it captured that spirit aptly.
Cranston and Paul's collaboration join the many, many celebrity liquors currently crowding the spirits market. Time, and a lot of taste-testing, will tell if their mezcal falls into the "good celebrity liquors" or "fucking repulsive celebrity liquors" category. Hey, at least we know there are worse Breaking Bad-related products of the alcoholic variety they could be selling. For instance, poisoned bottles of Zafiro Añejo tequila.
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