CLAYTON SZCZECH2016 Spirits of Mexico Judge
Clayton Szczech studies and promotes Mexico’s traditional spirits full-time as the founder of Experience Tequila / Experience Mezcal. Since 2008, he has created and led educational tours in Mexico, conducted countless tastings and staff trainings throughout North America, and consulted for dozens of bars, restaurants and spirits festivals. He has studied with two of the most renowned Master Tasters in Tequila, is a certified Experto en Tequila, and the only non-Mexican national to earn the Tequila Regulatory Council’s “Double-T” certification. His insatiable curiosity about Mexico, its people, and their booze led him to begin formally studying Mezcal and other Mexican spirits in 2010. He is frequently traipsing rural back-roads, visiting producers and gurus in Oaxaca, Guerrero, Michoacán, Chihuahua and beyond. Clayton lives in Mexico City, and his business is based in Portland, Oregon.