La Medida Arroqueño
- Location: Miahuatlan, Oaxaca
- Agave: Arroqueno
- Maestro: José Díaz Bustamante
- Abv: 46%
- Tasting keywords: herbal, earthy, musk
- NOM: 0209X
Fresh herbs characterize the aromas, showing thyme, sage, and sweet basil. Undertones of vanilla lend a pineapple-like sweetness.
Ripe blueberries, strong green herbs, and a touch of mesquite smoke is earthy and bold. A bit of musk adds layers to the dark green flavors, hinting at pine, earl grey tea, and lime. Bold and austere, the flavors beg for a pairing to unlock their full charm: something along the lines of a firm alpine cheese, grilled meat, or salted sweets like caramel or chocolate.
Made from Arroqueno between 12-14 years old, this mezcal is crafted in the traditional artisanal method. Cooking takes place in an in-ground oven with river rocks before being milked with a stone tahona, followed by fermentation in wooden tanks, and finally double distillation in copper pot stills.