'Ejutla', Mezcal, Nuestra Soledad
Mezcal Nuestra Soledad is a celebration of the unique terroir and distillation traditions of six different, prominent distilling communities around the Valles Centrales region of Oaxaca, Mexico. Each palenque (distillery) crafts a distinctive mezcal from 100% Espadín agave, allowing the Nuestra Soledad lineup to be experienced as a virtual geographic tour of the varying terroir of six iconic mezcal-producing villages.
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One of the most significant distilling communities in Oaxaca, Ejutla (35 miles south of Oaxaca City) is famous for their local style of mezcal distillation, employing a small hybrid condensing chamber (or “refrescadera”) in between the copper pot and the cooling coil. This tiny set of condensing plates allows the spirit to further rectify during each distillation run, increasing purity and concentration of alcohol – and thus, proof as well.
Batches for Nuestra Soledad from the community will be produced alternately by either the notorious brothers Gonzalo and Gregorio Hernandez (one-time operators of the defunct “Mr Mustache” brand of mezcal) or their neighboring mezcalero, Don Pablo Vasquez. Both are of exemplary concentration and elegance, with a dry, dusty vibe reminiscent of corn husks, masa, dried herbs and gentle orchard fruit.