Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul were a true tour de force on Breaking Bad, a duo that at times fought for and against each other, but kept our rapt attention the whole time. Well, just because Breaking Bad ended doesn’t mean the two actors ceased collaborating. In fact, they took their partnership off screen, leaving Hollywood together to find something special…the perfect Mezcal. That’s right — your favorite emotionally tortured drug dealer duo on screen swapped their meth cooking gear for agave and pot stills in real life, and they’ve announced their new brand of Mezcal, Dos Hombres.
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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
Created in Oaxaca, Mexico from Espadin agave, their first bottle is the Dos Hombres Espadin Mezcal. Espadin is a Type 1 Mezcal, meaning that it’s made with a base of 100% agave. It’s Joven, or young, meaning that it isn’t aged for more than a couple of months, and has a light clear color.
While amateur mixologists and mezcal fans alike might be excited about this collaboration, some fans were upset. Over the past month Cranston and Paul have been teasing some sort of project together, and unfortunately a lot of super fans misinterpreted their various social media posts to be a sign that there was a Breaking Bad reboot or movie on the way. One fan’s comment on Cranston’s Instagram post that “I was hoping for a trailer of the breaking bad movie. I’m so pissed off :(” got almost 3,000 likes.
I mean, there’s something to be said about interpreting a picture of two donkeys as news of a Breaking Bad reboot, but we all get carried away sometimes when it comes to the things we love. Though, personally, I don’t think I need to see Walter White come back from the dead to wreak more havoc on Jesse, his family, and the greater Albuquerque area at large. People in Albuquerque have enough to deal with as it is, you know?
For now, we can simply get a bottle of Espadin Mezcal to sip while rewatching the original series (or Better Call Saul, we won’t tell). You can order one online for $58, but only if you live in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Jersey, or New York; try it at different stores, bars, and restaurants in California, New York, and Mexico; or pressure your favorite liquor store to sign up as a stockist so you can finally get a taste.