Celebrate the Earth

Maguey Plant in Color Plant on top of a blanket with a message from TLEM

There is a secret language: the sun speaks to the earth, the wind speaks to the rain, the fire to the fibers of the piña. Our job is to listen to that conversation and nurture a home for its continued discourse.

The agave has made a noble sacrifice for The Lost Explorer Mezcal and we honor that with care for the earth in every step of our process.

the agave the land the ritual process artisanal
production
— in rhythm with
nature
Photo of Valles Centrales de Oaxaca with lyrics and name of Fortino Ramos Crumbs of land

Live Curiously

Each of us is born curious, but where does it go and what does it become? We believe in having more questions than answers, in constantly inhabiting the realm of the unknown, for that is where growth happens.

We embrace curiosity as a fundamental human sense, letting it guide us in our quest to more deeply understand mezcal, the earth and each other.

curiosity is
fundamental
to humankind as a species
Fortino taking seeds with a smile in he´s face Oaxaca Mágico" doorbell Message with "Tasting Date".
Sunset photo at the palenque
Message "Follow your senses"

Enrich Community

From the age-old techniques our craftspeople call upon to create The Lost Explorer Mezcal, to the land from where it’s born, we remain forever enamored by Oaxaca; its Nature, people, myths and mysteries, rituals, sunlight, food — it all comes together in this beautiful alchemy.

We raise a glass to all things Curiously Oaxaca and commit to always supporting and learning from this inspiring community.

House with two windows, decorations and plants Green alebrije
magical energy storied
history
myths & mysteries curiously
oaxaca

The rich local fauna is the inspiration for our take on the Alebrijes, the traditional and whimsical craft of this magical place.

Craftsman carving wood
take a
peek

Our Commitments

Honoring the sacred vow between humankind and the maguey, The Lost Explorer Mezcal is committed to the sustainable production of high-quality handcrafted mezcal in a manner that benefits the local mezcal-producing community in Oaxaca and protects the land’s biodiversity, with the long-term mission of becoming the most sustainable mezcal brand in the world.

In this journey, we will hold ourselves to the highest standards of globally recognized pillars of environmental excellence, while constantly striving to raise the bar for the industry.

Voice of nature and TLEM logo

In partnership with the Voice for Nature Foundation

To further our commitment to advancing a more sustainable and socially conscious mezcal industry, we have partnered with the Voice For Nature Foundation, a global charity focused on creating a sustainable impact on our planet, to initiate and support industry-wide environmentally conscious practices that create measurable and meaningful impact in Oaxaca. The partnership seeks to create an open source exchange of sustainability best practices, while investing in meaningful relationships with Oaxacan artisans and tradespeople to keep tradition alive, build community, and do our part in promoting a long lasting, thriving mezcal industry and a more sustainable, prosperous Oaxaca. As we embark on this partnership, we look forward to sharing our journey, learnings, and growth with you.

For more information visit: voicefornaturefoundation.org

Ongoing Sustainability Initiatives

Climate
and Energy

  • Solar panels installed in our agave fields at the distillery to create renewable energy
  • Carbon footprint will be tracked from the very first batch in order to set our long-term emission reduction goals
  • Bioclimate study carried out to inform our environmental improvement efforts and energy efficiency

Regenerative
Agriculture

  • Ambitious biodiversity practice with at least three agave plants replenished for each one used
  • Land purchased close to distillery to scale our replanting program
  • Germinate seeds of genetically diverse agave on our distillery land and experimentation at The Lost Laboratory
  • Agave waste is processed into fertilizer for our land

Supply Chain
Excellence

  • Agave cooked according to artisanal methods and with local reclaimed wood only
  • All production partners selected based on environmental ethos, quality and in support of Mexican enterprise
  • New bottles designed and produced in Mexico from over 50% recycled crystal scraps
  • Stoppers made from natural wood & cork and sealed with fully biodegradable beeswax

Community
Building

  • Economic empowerment enabled within our mezcal-making community in San Pablo Huixtepec
  • Long-term local contracts at fair price with our agave growers
  • Creative partnerships with artisans located in the heart of Oaxaca

The Lost Laboratory

Beyond setting high standards for sustainability in our current production process, we are actively exploring ways to push industry standards. The Lost Laboratory is being built to do just this. While being respectful to the great depths of wisdom and tradition of the past, we are looking to the future and seeking ways to build further sustainability through constant experimentation.

As The Lost Laboratory and its curiosities develop, there will be questions, doubts, breakthroughs, failures and great (and great-tasting) successes. We look forward to sharing our journey with you. Follow along at @thelostexplorermezcal

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