Los Nahuales Metodo Antiguo was to bring back the traditional proofing methodology of adding the tails to the heart of the distillation. The original regulatory language for the mezcal DO forbade this practice but it’s now allowed.
Karina Abad is the maestra mezcalera on this bottle, a rare distinction since she is most frequently working behind the scenes with other mezcaleros but on this one, she led the charge. She’s also one of the few female maestros. I’ve been impressed by how consistent she is with her selections and asked importer Ansley Coal about it. He said that he was equally impressed with the same quality: “What’s great for me is how closely she and I see eye to eye. We always like the same samples.”
It’s equally impressive that she’s able to produce bottles like this that put her aesthetic into action while working with diverse mezcaleros. She clearly allows their personalities to express themselves in combination with hers. That’s a rare gift.