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Iván Saldaña Oyarzábal

Montelobos Mezcal
Founder / Writer and Educator
Oaxaca, Mexico
Iván Saldaña is a premier agave plant and distillation master, an expert in tequila and mezcal, and a certified doctor with a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Sussex in England.
Born in Guadalajara, México, Iván has spent his life around agave, having worked on environmental and social projects in rural communities of central and southern Mexico and other countries.
His academic research has focused primarily on understanding the evolutionary path of the agave plant, the biological mechanisms that have shaped the agave’s diversity, and the biochemical characteristics that have allowed its adaptation to arid climates.
Iván is founder of Montelobos mezcal. He is also a devoted promoter and educator about his beloved spirit. He is the author of "Anatomy of Mezcal" book, as well as other book chapters and specialized articles. Finally, Iván is also partner in others spirits projects such as Ancho Reyes Chili Liqueur.


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