Tepextate, Cruz de Fuego
Location: Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca, Mexico
Maestros Mezcaleros: Margarita Blas & Carlos Mendez (mother & son team)
Productores Del Buen Agave is a certified mezcal artisanal palenque. In other words, there are no automated processes throughout production. Margarita and Carlos, the mother-and-son team, actively work to protect the traditions behind artisanal mezcal-making.
Cruz De Fuego Mezcal is certified artisanal mezcal. The brand launched in 2015 and were awarded as the best-tasting mezcal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. This brand features one-of-a-kind fabric labels to honor the rich-textile traditions of Oaxaca.
Each expression follows the same production process: cooked in conical (underground) ovens, open-air fermentation, milling by tahona-wheel, copper distillation, twice distilled. You will find variation across the agave varietals and sourcing methods.
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One of our favorite (and one of the most varietally consistent) agave to drink, Tepextate is a massive and stunning plant that takes over 20 years to reach maturity. Known for its powerful floral and pepper aromatics, and an acid so strong it can burrow its roots into sheer rock walls, this example from Cruz de Fuego is a benchmark introduction to the beauty of the variety. Mezcal made from Agave Marmorata is truly one of life’s greatest pleasures. Expect an electric, velvety texture and a long finish in this expression.