Mezcal Espadin, 'Chichicapam', La Medida
La Medida Mezcal (“the measure”) is a collaborative brand created by Julián Vidal Gómez Rodríguez, who has been one of the unsung icons of Oaxacan mezcal for over 40 years. Alongside his son, Julián works in concert with several highly regarded mezcaleros around Oaxaca (including the enigmatic legend Don Celso, who co-founded the brand) to showcase a diverse range of wild and cultivated single-varietal bottlings.
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In the autumn of her years, Berta Vasquez has been recognized as one of Oaxaca’s most iconic maestra mezcaleras. The daughter of San Baltazar Chichicapam’s beloved mezcalero Hipólito Vasquez, Berta married the son of the late Agustin García, another local legend who was killed at his palenque in 1971. Berta’s husband took over the family palenque, where she worked and raised their five children alongside him. Tragically, her husband passed away prematurely, leaving Berta and her eldest son to support the family together. When tragedy struck a second time and her son also passed, Berta stepped up to manage the still herself—and stepped into what can only be seen as destiny.
Today, Berta’s mezcales are widely acknowledged as some of the finest in the state; the vibrance of her spirits, the concentration of flavor, and the boldly assertive aromatics she creates are truly thrilling experiences, worth sharing now and revisiting for years as the distillates evolve. 46.42% ABV