Mezcal Marques de Jaral de Berrio
One of the few mezcals from Guanajuato currently available in the U.S. the Mezcal Marques de Jaral de Berrio line also boasts a fascinating documented history which links it to the very beginning of mezcal production at scale in Mexico. Their cooking process with steam straddles the worlds of tequila and traditional mezcal and points towards the shared history that these distillates have in Mexico.
“The family of Mezcales de la Hacienda de Jaral de Berrio is one of the most emblematic among the Mezcal world due to its historical background. The Hacienda del Jaral de Berrio is located in the historic borough of San Felipe Torres Mochas, Guanajuato. Its origins date back to the late 16th century and the production of mezcal since 1764, when it was then known as aguardiente criollo del Jaral, according to bibliographic data and historical stock inventories.Today our mezcals are produced rigorously under the same methods and are still bottled at the main compound of the Hacienda. As part of our unique production process, the Mezcales de la Hacienda Jaral de Berrio are steamed, not smoked, which means that the heart of the agaves are softened with vapor before the grinding process, we do not use smoke in order to avoid any flavour contamination letting the notes of the Agave Salmiana to be fully present. This unsmoked process gives as a result a unique Mezcal for Experts as well as it can also be perfectly blended for all kind of flavours cocktails opposite (contrary) to the smoked ones.”