- Location: San Luis del Rio, Oaxaca
- Agave: A. angustifolia – Espadin.
- Maestro Mezcalero: Velasco Family
- ABV: 48%
- Tasting Keywords: Citrus, sugar cane.
- NOM: F369D
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This is like mainlining espadin, it’s all agave sugar and lemon peel.
The Legendario Domingo Oaxaca is a true session mezcal, a real straightforward and classic expression of the espadin with good baseline cane sugar and citrus notes dancing over it. It’s light enough that you could sit around sipping it for quite some time yet full of enough character not to bore you.
Cooked underground with tepehuje, using red copal and quebrache wood. Crushed with a tahona pulled by a horse. Spontaneous fermentation, double distilled in copper alembic still.
An incredible bargain at $47 a bottle, this could easily become your house mezcal.
Like all of the mezcals bottled under the Legendario Domingo label the maestro mezcalero is listed as a family, in the orange Oaxaca label’s case it’s the Velasco Family from San Luis del Rio, Oaxaca. Julian Saenger founded Legendario Domingo and told me that “I like to mention the family instead of just one guy because everyone is involved in the production and for me it is also a way to follow my ideals since I started this project to support the families and do my best to avoid migration. The wife is always involved, since they prepare the itacate (box lunch), take care of her man and boys clothes but also in bottling.”
Julian has also been focused on a social justice element. “The idea is to stop migration and contribute to the micro-economies at the region, creating jobs and by this to avoid them crossing to the US – they risk their lives a lot.” To that end he chalks up the Oaxaca label as a success because Heriberto, one of the Velasco family’s sons, came back to work in the palenque from a job as a security guard at a supermarket in Oaxaca City.