Location: El Lazo, Oaxaca
Agave: Coyote / A. Americana var. Oaxacensis
Maestro Mezcalero: Ángel Cruz Robles
Quantity: 289 bottles
Vintage: Distilled January 11, 2021
Tasting keywords: Honey, treacle, brine.
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Deep, rich, and husky: Like fermented honey, fish sauce, and brandy.
A halo of effervescence surrounding a core of deeper flavors of treacle and brine.
- Agave sources: Cloned wild Coyote agaves.
- Roast: Underground pit oven.
- Crush: Hand crushed with a mazo (mallet) in a canoa (hand carved wooden trough).
- Fermentation: Ambient yeast.
- Distillation: Clay pot.
Ángel Cruz Calvo is 86 and still hand mashing some of his own production. That level of experience informs everything about this mezcal: It is a deep pool of sensations and flavors unique in mezcals. It is also an expression of the amazing clay pot distillation tradition in the Sola de Vega area. This is the sort of bottle that you want to save as a marker of what is possible in spirits.