Madrecuixe, 'Felipe de Jesus', 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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At 22, Felipe de Jesus Cortés is among the youngest maestro mezcaleros working at such a high caliber. Growing up in the mezcal community of rural Miahuatlán alongside his father Margarito and brother Job, Felipe de Jesus spent formative years working for Mezcaloteca, operating their bottling facility.
Despite being one of his first commercial releases, this batch of Madrecuixe is proof of that pedigree: kicking off with distinctive fruit-forward aromas of banana, cantaloupe rind, mandarin orange, fresh plums & kiwi, the mezcal’s second wave brings undercurrents of sweet carrot and wet wool. Decadent yet herbaceous & green on the palate, there are hints of carob, caramel cream, tamarind, milk duds, cilantro and fennel playing complex and thrilling games which linger in the imagination long after the sip has been swallowed. 45.64% ABV