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Operator Mario Alberto Toh Pacheco, 45, screens Nal T’eel, an ancient variety of Mexican corn at La Vibora distillery in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico on Thursday, December 07, 2023. His task involves removing both small and large particles from the corn, ensuring the quality and purity of the production process. GRAN MAIZAL is a Mexican whisky made with ancient varieties of corn from the Yucatán Peninsula, including the oldest recognized lineage in the scientific community: Nal T’eel, and rested with vanilla pods and cacao nibs. It was founded by Cesar Ayala and Gonzalo de la Pezuela in 2020. Photograph by Bénédicte Desrus