CLAYTON SZCZECH

2016 Spirits of Mexico Judge

CLAYTON SZCZECH
2016 Spirits of Mexico Judge
Mexico City, MX

COMPANY: Experience Tequila
WEBSITE: experiencetequila.com
TWITTER: @tequilatrips

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.

2016 Judges

JUNIOR MERINO

JUNIOR MERINO

New York, NY

COMPANY: The Liquid Chef, LLC
theliquidchefinc.com

TODD THRASHER

TODD THRASHER

Alexandria, VA

COMPANY: Restaurant Eve
restauranteve.com

CLAYTON SZCZECH

CLAYTON SZCZECH

Mexico City, MX

COMPANY: Experience Tequila
experiencetequila.com

KELLIE THORN

KELLIE THORN

Atlanta, GA

COMPANY: Empire State South
empirestatesouth.com

JASON SILVERMAN

JASON SILVERMAN

New York, NY

COMPANY: Silverline Consulting
Tequilaexpertnyc.com