The Backstory

The Lucas García clan is a nine-generation Mezcal family.  They are the first mezcal-producing family to settle in San Isidro Guishe, a community in the district of Miahuatlán among the southern highlands of Oaxaca.  Today, in part due to their efforts, the region is widely regarded as a center of mezcal production.

With illustrious family history comes a sense of timelessness, a responsibility to honor and to preserve.  “400 Lustros”, their family brand, says it all (a “Lustro” is a period of five years).  Of all the mezcal producers we have met and worked with to date, the Lucas García family is perhaps the most focused on legacy: looking beyond the present day, focusing on sustainability, and passing on the family’s collective knowledge and traditions to future generations.

José and Clara are the patriarch and matriarch.  Their sons, Mario and Chano, head the family distillery.  Grandson Diego, the 9th generation, joined the family business after graduating from college.

Check out the photos and videos on this page to see what it is like to spend time with three generations of Lucas Garcías under one roof. Clara’s pork carnitas are out of this world.  We are big fans of their “Capulinas” – the traditional suede jacket made from deer skin and worn by the “Cuerudos” (roughly: cowboys) in this part of Mexico.  Don’t forget to check out their Mezcal 101 video series, where Mario and Diego share their wealth of Mezcal knowledge and show you what makes their distillations so unique.

We at Erstwhile Mezcal are thrilled to partner with the Lucas García family and bring a 2021 Limited Release of their Cucharillo (the local name for Sotol) to international markets for the first time.

  • Arroqueño (2018 Limited Edition)

    This delightful expression of Arroqueño is the most aromatic of the 7 distillations from Erstwhile Mezcal’s 2018 flagship line. Bright, botanical, and floral. Perfumery, spice market, and burnt orange on the nose. Lovely notes of green plantain and citrus on the palate.


  • Cuishe (2018 Limited Edition)

    An herbal, easy drinking mezcal from the Agave karwinskii family. This Cuishe mezcal has a bit of kick to it with notes of jalapeño pepper, clove and cinnamon.


  • Cucharillo Sotol (2021 Limited Edition)

    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.