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Cesar Ayala, co-founder of GRAN MAIZAL Whisky, appreciates the aroma of the crafted spirit at the Vibora distillery in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico on Thursday, December 07, 2023. 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