Espadín, Don Juan Hernández Méndez
Our everyday sipper, and the "gateway mezcal” we offer friends who are just becoming familiar with the flavors and history of the category.
Our first release comes from a corner of Oaxaca where the road signs are in Spanish, but most of the locals still speak Zapoteco - especially when there's a pair of suspicious looking dudes from California hanging around. On the edge of Santiago Matatlán, the modern center of mezcal production, fifth generation mezcalero Don Juan Hernández Méndez and his family distill a range of beautiful mezcales in a very not-modern way.
The Hernández family grows nearly all of their own espadín on a hillside plot of land, which has been patiently acquired and passed down over the nearly 200 years the family has been making mezcal.
The finished product is a beautiful, easy drinking mezcal that is true to the place and people who created it. Complex enough to be enjoyed on its own, at 91.4 proof it’s also assertive enough to shine through in cocktails where lower ABV mezcales can easily get lost.
This is our everyday sipper, and the "gateway mezcal” we offer friends who are just becoming familiar with the flavors and history of the category.
Smell: roasted meat, ground corn, lime pith, pine tar
Sip: leather, caramelized banana
Swallow: mineral, barley