Mezcal Espadin 'Conejo - Rabbit', 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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This Pechuga mezcal is distilled with rabbit (conejo) plus apple, cinnamon, banana, pineapple, orange, and wild fruit. It was made using 100% Espadín agave 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 bright and fruity—green apple & banana show prominently with hints of cherry and passionfruit. The palate is a shocker! There is a huge left turn with stunning opening notes of jasmine, cilantro, pink peppercorn, and fresh linen alongside roasted pineapple skin. Savory umami and mushroom roll in straight after, with a strong salinity that lingers long after the fruits and herbs have vanished. Curiouser and curiouser…it’s hard not to reach for this glass over and over just to try and wrap one’s brain around what’s happening in the glass. 47% ABV