Mezcal Ancestral Arroqueno, Macurichos
Led by the young and brilliant maestro mezcalero Gonzalo Martinez, Mezcal Macurichos is dedicated to the protection of both the cultural tradition and the agricultural heritage of agave within the iconic mezcal production community of Santiago Matatlán.
With a strong focus on community, the family employs numerous neighbors and is one of only a handful of distillers in the area who still produce using Ancestral methods, including clay pot stills. Gonzalo and his brothers cultivate their own diverse fields of agave—planting from seed and reforesting the diminishing wild agave populations—and use exclusively organic farming practices with love and respect.
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Made from 100% Arroqueño, cooked in an earthen oven, milled using a traditional, stone tahona mill, fermented in wooden vats, and distilled using a traditional, clay pot still.
The nose is soft and alluring, with aromas of caramel and lemon yogurt. The palate is rich and textured, with tons of vanilla and cream, butterscotch and soft cheese. A twang in the midpalate lightens up the experience, adding asparagus and doubling down on the lemon zest, with a vibrant, herbaceous, dryer-sheet funk that makes a pronounced appearance and then vanishes. There is a long finish with the vanilla cream just lingering amid delicate smoke. Really delightful! 55% ABV