Arroqueño (Agave Americana) is a large agave native to the Oaxaca Central Valley. Some consider Arroqueño to be the wild forbearer of Espadin (Agave Angustifolia), to which it is genetically related and visually resembles.
Unlike Espadin, Arroqueño takes much longer to mature at about 15-18 years.
Arroqueño is typically a wild agave, but can be partially cultivated at the early stages. Its popularity has led to concerns about sustainability in recent years. As a result, substantial effort has been put into nursing Arroqueño growth for future generations of mezcaleros.
Master Mezcalero: Juan Hernández Méndez
Agave Varietal: Arroqueño
Scientific Name: Agave Americana
Town / Municipality: Santiago Matatlán
Fermentation: Natural, Open-Vat Fermentation in Wood
Still Type: Copper Alembic
Date of Distillation: December 2017
Number of Liters in Distillation: 500 Liters
Tasting Notes: Botanical and floral. Perfumery, spice market, and burnt orange on the nose. Lovely notes of green plantain and citrus on the palate. This delightful expression of Arroqueño is the most aromatic of the 7 distillations from Erstwhile Mezcal’s 2018 flagship line.