Saturday, December 3, 2022

Erstwhile Mezcal


2021 Erstwhile Tepeztate Ancestral Limited...$99.99 / 750ml
Epifania Gómez Mejía & Silverio García Luis
A legacy of the era when Mezcal production was illegal in Oaxaca, this batch of Tepeztate crafted by Silverio García Luis – a 2021 Ancestral Limited Release – rescues a García family tradition that had been forgotten for more than forty years.
Don Lencho, Silverio’s father, used a hollowed out quiote (the flowering stalk of agave plants) instead of a copper turbante, to evade the military that would come and seize his distillation equipment by force.
Erstwhile Espadin...$49.99 / 750ml
Epifania Gómez Mejía & Silverio García Luis
This Espadin stood out from the (many) others we had tasted. It hit that magical sweet spot of taste, complexity, good value and versatility. Elegant. Balanced. Nuanced. Approachable but never boring.
2021 Erstwhile Cucharillo Sotol Limited...$89.99 / 750ml
Lucas García Family
This wild Sotol from Oaxaca’s southern highlands, known as Cucharillo locally, is the most aromatic and botanical from Erstwhile Mezcal’s 2021 Limited Releases. Oregano, lemon balm, and other wild mountain herbs that grow naturally in the same hills make a delightful bouquet in this Cucharillo’s mouth feel and flavor profile.

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