Mezcal Madrecuishe, 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% Madrecuishe, cooked in an earthen oven, milled using a traditional, stone tahona mill, fermented in wooden vats, and distilled twice using copper pot stills.
A rich, full nose of red fruit, dried herbs, orange peel, and damp stone precedes spectacular balance on the palate: soft cantaloupe melon early on with fresh thyme bolstered by lemon verbena, jasmine, and a delicate bitterness reminiscent of dandelion greens. A jolt of acidity in the midpalate clears the decks with lemon and orange zest, cracked pepper and a hint of underripe banana. As the sharp angles retreat, bright fresh melon, wild raspberry and a bouquet of herbs return to linger equally throughout the long finish. A classic example of the Madrecuishe maguey through the intensely specific lens of Mezcal Macurichos! 53% ABV