Cirial, Cruz de Fuego
In Santiago Matatlán, the heart of mezcal production in Oaxaca, Margarita Blas and her son Carlos Mendez produce mezcal artesanal together under the moniker Productores del Buen Agave. They launched Cruz de Fuego mezcal in 2015, winning awards and accolades almost immediately.
Cruz de Fuego is produced employing only traditional methods; there are no automated processes used in production. Agave is cooked in conical earthen ovens, then milled using a stone tahona and fermented in wooden vats (“tinas”). Distilled twice using copper pot stills, the mezcal is true to the terroir of its raw ingredients and its place of production in a lasting and spiritual way.
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Maestra mezcalera Margarita Blas and her son used only older examples of the tall Agave karwinskii subvarietal known as Cirial to make this unique batch. While most karwinskii reach maturity somewhere between 12 and 18 years, the agave employed here range from 18 to 22. Dense with mature sugar and fiber and a complexity that speaks to its age, this mezcal offers fascinating structure. A contemplative journey from bold fruit to dry heat, with a deep earthy finish. 47% ABV