Espadín con Zarzamora (Blackberry), Mezcalosfera
If you’re a mezcal fan and you’ve been to visit Oaxaca City, there’s a 99.9% chance you’ve made the pilgrimage to Mezcaloteca. One of the first and still one of the most significant and educational mezcalerias in the world, Mezcaloteca’s name reflects their philosophy and method: “mezcal” meets “biblioteca” … it is not so much a bar as it is a library. Don’t expect cocktails and cervesas, don’t expect ice or even music; expect only to taste and to learn.
The goal, ultimately, is to introduce people to the biodiversity, culture and traditions of mezcal. The agave spirits in Mezcaloteca’s library come from all over Mexico. Not all are certified as mezcal by the CRM, perhaps, but they are all within the historic patchwork of mezcal history and culture. Mezcalosfera is the export label from Mezcaloteca, dedicated to sharing traditional mezcales and educating palates and minds outside of Mexico. Every release offers a single tiny batch, often less than 200 liters, and every batch is – like all traditional mezcal – by nature unique.
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Don’t be confused, this is not “flavored mezcal”….
A special release of Espadín agave distilled traditionally in Miahuatlán by maestro mezcalero Margarito Cortés, who has added fresh blackberries to the still during the second pass. The tradition of adding fruits or herbs to mezcal (as well as traditions like pechuga and gusano) is nearly as old as the spirit itself, either to subtly change flavor and texture or for medicinal or spiritual purposes. With zarzamora (blackberry), just a hint of the fruit and the acid of its juice is introduced to Margarito’s famously elegant and clear expression of southern Oaxacan Espadín. 49.23% ABV