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Versus Chocolate tasting notes


  • Location: Oaxaca
  • Agave: Espadin with chocolate
  • Maestro: Israel Pérez Santiago with Ulises Torrentera 
  • Abv: tbd
  • Tasting keywords: hot chocolate, refreshing, satisfying 
  • NOM: 0366X


Roasted cacao nib, chocolate paste, dates and other sweet dried fruits are warm, lightly toasted and enticing aromas. 


The flavors are reminiscent of mezcal spiked hot chocolate, but with a fresh and light texture. 

The chocolatey flavor lingers on the palate after each sip. Equally deep and refreshing in flavor, and satisfying to a chocolate craving. Delicious. 


Designed as a tribute to the flavors of Oaxaca, and born out of a desire to support the local economy during the difficulties of the 2020 pandemic, Versus was crafted with seasonal ingredients from local vendors. The espadin mezcal is distilled with local ingredients in the second distillation. Available as a certified mezcal in Europe and as a destilado de agave in the USA.

Tess Rose Lampert is a wine and spirits educator with a focus on mezcal. She is a frequent contributor to Mezcalistas and has developed programming for Mexico in a Bottle and Spirited Conversations. She has an Advanced Degree from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Spanish Wine Educator Certificate, an MA from the University of East Anglia, UK, in Philosophy of Food and Drink and a BA from Bard College in NY.

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