Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Just Teamed Up to Make a Mezcal Called 'Dos Hombres'
Breaking Bad made a habit of highlighting whiskey. Walter White's drink of choice was Dimple Pinch scotch, neat. WhistlePig rye and Knob Creek bourbon also played into the show, slugged down by various DEA agents. But in a new collaboration, former Breaking Bad co-stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul decided to go the agave route with a new mezcal brand called Dos Hombres. They debuted the mezcal Tuesday in joint Instagram posts as "real, artesanal Mezcal made by hand in Mexico."
In the post, Cranston and Aaron describe themselves as "two guys on a quest"—hence the name Dos Hombres—to find a truly special mezcal. With this one, they said, "We are crazy about the taste, the aroma, and the versatility of this smokey, age-old alcohol." Their first bottle is called Espadin (after the type of agave most commonly used for mezcal), with hints of apple, mango, local Oaxacan fruits, wood, and, of course, smoke.
Cranston had been teasing the collab for a couple weeks now. In late June, he posted a photograph of two burros captioned "Soon." Later came an image of him and Paul trekking through a dessert river—captioned "Even sooner"—and an image of him sipping from a shallow bowl with the teaser, "A collaboration so smooth you can taste it. 24 hours people!" Paul posted much of the same. Many speculated their product would be a whiskey, given the Breaking Bad whiskey placements, Paul's Instagram handle @glassofwhiskey, and even his upcoming television role as iconic whiskey maker Jack Daniels. (The burros and dessert surroundings ought to have been a dead giveaway, no?) Before that, fans wishfully guessed the duo was teasing a Breaking Bad movie. Not the case.
Espadin is already available to order on Reserve Bar for $58.
To be clear, this is not the first alcohol to come out of Breaking Bad's tenure. In May, Dean Norris, a.k.a. the man who played lovable DEA agent Hank Schrader, released a real-life Schraderbräu German lager. It wasn't home brew—fans can try it for the first time at a California beer fest next week—but it captured that spirit aptly.
Cranston and Paul's collaboration join the many, many celebrity liquors currently crowding the spirits market. Time, and a lot of taste-testing, will tell if their mezcal falls into the "good celebrity liquors" or "fucking repulsive celebrity liquors" category. Hey, at least we know there are worse Breaking Bad-related products of the alcoholic variety they could be selling. For instance, poisoned bottles of Zafiro Añejo tequila.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.
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