- Location: Miahuatlán, Oaxaca
- Agave: Tobaziche (A. karwinskii)
- Maestro Mezcalero: Celso Garcia Cruz
- Quantity: 40 liters
- Vintage: May 2018
- ABV: 47.2%
- Tasting Keywords: Bittersweet chocolate, horchata.
- NOM: Uncertified
- Buy it today: SOLD OUT!
It’s like walking through a pine grove with a cup of Oaxacan hot chocolate.
A pine herbaceousness runs through it all but other herbs slink in, there are notes of epazote, sage, and even a bit of sweet horchata in there. The tail has that distinctly tobaziche bitterness, a touch of sorrel.
This is about as small as you can get with just 44 liters produced total and 40 of them imported to the US. I don’t know if there has ever been a label devoted to a production this small but Celso Garcia Cruz has made something so unique that tasting it will transform your understanding of what a mezcal can be.
Unfortunately this bottle sold out almost as soon as it hit the market so if you see it on a bar shelf or, more likely, someone’s home bar, demand a sample.