Corte Vetusto mezcal is hand-crafted by Juan Carlos Gonzalez Diaz, a 4th generation Zapotec Maestro Mezcalero. The art of mezcal making is in his blood, passed down through the generations since his great grandfather, Don Mauro. As a young boy he would watch his grandfather teaching his father. That same wisdom was later passed to Juan Carlos. He used to join his father on journeys to various villages in order to buy and sell mezcal. With keen eyes and a thirst for knowledge, he observed and learnt from all of the Maestros he visited. This has enabled him to forge his own unique style, whilst still honouring his family legacy and remaining true to tradition. Whist he initially studied and became an architect, he says he was called back to the world of mezcal by the voice of his ancestors.
“In the rugged central valleys of Oaxaca a story has been shared for centuries among the local Zapotec people. From the skies Cocijo, the god of thunder, struck out with a bolt of lightning so severe that it transformed the landscape into a smouldering field filled with the sweet, smoky scent of the agave plant. For over 400 years the locals have been trying to recreate this mythical moment. Hand-harvesting the agave and slow-roasting it in earthen fire pits, fermenting the bagaso naturally in traditional wooden vats and, finally, double-distilling it in small copper and clay stills… it’s all part of our master mezcalero’s deepest desire: to create a cut of mezcal so divine that it invokes the spirit of generations before him. It’s this sacred distillation of earth, fire and history that he calls el Corte Vetusto — the Ancient Cut.”