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El Rey Zapoteco Espadin Tasting Notes


  • Location:  Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca
  • Agave: Espadin / A. angustifolia haw.
  • Maestro Mezcalero: Familia Hernandez Escobar
  • Batch: E-0124
  • Vintage: 2019
  • Bottle: 007
  • ABV: 45%
  • Tasting keywords: Fruity, agave sugars.
  • CRM Information
  • NOM: O71X
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Rich round roasted agave and granite minerality.


Touches of mesquite, pineapple, and pippin open to a classic Oaxacan espadin flavor. The bouquet of flavors is balanced and light on its feet with a low viscosity which makes it both approachable and something you could sip all afternoon.

Method / Background Notes

One of the older family owned brands in the business dating back to 1960, a completely different era in the mezcal world, Rey Zapoteco seems to have threaded the needle and come out the other side as an artisanal brand which cultivates its own agave and has a stand out product to show for it. Every expression in this line is marked by a very light hand: The mezcals have low viscosity and are very expressive telling you a continuous story of the maestro’s distilling philosophy.

The espadin in these bottles was caponed and harvested after 12 years in the ground, roasted underground, milled with a tahona, fermented in wooden tinas, and double distilled in copper alembics. At $45-50 a bottle this is an easy house mezcal.

The Hernandez family. Photo by Marlene Lange.

Max co-founded Mezcalistas with Susan way back in 2012. Before that he was a journalist at Salon.com and The San Francisco Chronicle.

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