Mezcal Tepeztate, 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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Tepeztate is a massive and beloved agave, ranging in age from 18 to 30 years before harvest! This agave was cooked in an earthen oven, milled using a traditional, stone tahona mill, fermented in wooden vats, and distilled twice using copper pot stills.
Bright aquamarine hues seem to rise from the glass along with the aroma, full of fresh bell peppers and bright blue flowers. A burst of sweet vegetal notes—more bell pepper, corn kernels, cilantro, and Thai basil—is grounded with a faintly bitter green note, like cucumber skins in an arugula salad. No 100-proof spirit should be called refreshing, but here we are! Raw sawdust, lime zest, and a touch of Sichuan peppercorns trail off into subtle jasmine and delicate floral patterns. This is a Tepeztate with distinct structure; the variety’s benchmark profile is in a playful duel with citrus. It’s hard to imagine a more delightful mezcal to pair with cuisine! 50% ABV