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Cesar Ayala, co-founder of GRAN MAIZAL Whisky (L), discusses with farmer Nazario Poot Palomo, 42 (R), during a visit on Poot’ land in Xoy, Yucatán, Mexico on Wednesday, December 06, 2023. Poot has been supplying GRAN MAIZAL with varieties of corn for five years. 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