John Esposito Joins Gem & Bolt Mezcal + Damiana as Board Chairman

OAXACA, Mexico— Today, Gem&Bolt Mezcal + Damiana, the rapidly-growing “clean spirit” produced in Oaxaca, Mexico, named industry leader John Esposito as its Chairman of the Board.

“John’s extensive experience leading top brands in the spirits arena brings an invaluable wealth of knowledge and strategic edge to our business,” said co-founder Adrin Adrina, who leads the brand as fellow Creative Director alongside co-founder Elliott Coon. “We are thrilled to welcome John to the global Gem & Bolt family during this expansive growth period.”

Esposito’s decorated 40-year career positions him as a key leader for top household players across the wine and spirits category, including his most recent role as CEO of High West Distillery. Esposito also served as President, Stoli Group USA; CEO, Bacardi USA & North America; CEO, Moet Hennessy and CEO & President, Premier Beverage of Florida (now Breakthru Beverage Florida).

“Distilled using 100 agave, Gem&Bolt is raising the industry standard for what it means to be a clean spirit, offering a pure, additive-free product with a unique emphasis on plant alchemy,” said Esposito. “Beyond its elevated offering, Gem & Bolt is uniquely connected to a global community of artists, musicians, creatives and tastemakers alike who share the belief that a positive lifestyle elevates higher consciousness.”

About Gem & Bolt

Gem &Bolt is a fair-trade, sustainable mezcal made with 100 percent Espadin agave and uniquely distilled with damiana—a Mexican herb long revered for its mood elevating qualities—by fourth generation master distillers in Oaxaca, Mexico. Co-founded by artist-alchemist duo Adrin Adrina & Elliott Coon, Gem&Bolt is rooted in the sophistication of fine art, celebration, ritual and plant intelligence. Gem&Bolt is available in select restaurants, hotels, bars and retailers across the US, UK, EU and Mexico in 750ml, 200ml and 50ml bottles (44 percent Alc. Vol). For more information about Gem & Bolt, please visit