Espadín

(2 customer reviews)

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.

$54.95 (750ml)

The Backstory

Who are the master distillers crafting Erstwhile Mezcal’s award-winning Espadín, named a Top 100 Spirits of 2019 by Wine Enthusiast the year we launched in the United States?

Meet Silverio García Luis and Epifania Gómez Mejía, a mezcal producer family of Zapotec heritage based in Rancho Blanco Güilá, Oaxaca.  Counting Silverio and Epifania, there has been at least three generations of mezcaleros in the García family.

Epifania did not grow up in a mezcal family, but learned the ropes and became a master distiller in her own right.  In 2020, the Mezcal Regulatory Council in Mexico (Consejo Regulador del Mezcal) honored and spotlighted Epifania as a Woman in Mezcal.  Click here to read the English version (on pages 14-15) and here for the Spanish version of the Mezcal Regulatory Council’s homage to Epifania as a Woman in Mezcal.  Léelo en español aquí.

 

Their 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.

Crafted by the García family for generations and now available for your collection, the Erstwhile Espadín is your workhorse mezcal.  Delicious for savoring a neat pour on its own.  But no less stellar in mixed drinks.  The perfect gift for the bon vivant in your life. A dynamite addition to any home or professional bar.

Yuan Ji
Founder of Erstwhile Mezcal

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Master Mezcalero: Silverio García Luis & Epifania Gómez Mejía
NOM: NOM-0162
Agave Varietal: Espadín
Scientific Name: Agave angustifolia
Town / Municipality: Rancho Blanco Güilá, Santiago Matatlán
State: Oaxaca
Fermentation: Natural, Open-Vat Fermentation in Ocote Wood (Pinus montezumae)
Still Type: Copper Alembic

ABV: 48-49%

Tasting Notes:

Butterscotch, black tea, banana, and roasted maguey. A little sweet, a little creamy. Savory, spicy, and peppery, in a way that reminds us of smoked meats and Texas style barbecue. Followed by lingering, resonating notes of ash and soft smoke on the palate.

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Espadin (Agave angustifolia)

Espadin is the most common varietal of agave used in mezcal production. It is indigenous to most mezcal-producing regions and adapts well to cultivation.  Depending on the terroir and climate, Esapdin typically takes 5-7 years to mature, which is considered fast in the world of agaves.

Espadin piñas come in a variety of sizes, and can weigh as much as several hundred pounds. The agave is easy to work with. Subject to the hand of the maker, Espadin can yield a wide variety of flavors and profiles, depending on the climate, time of year at harvest, production style, altitude, and countless other factors.

Do not underestimate Espadin.  Despite the fact that Espadin is the most “common” agave varietal used for mezcal production, and often less expensive than other varietals, it makes some of the best and most interesting mezcals.  As a friend in the trade once said, Espadin mezcal is never “just an Espadin.”

2 reviews for Espadín

  1. Gustavo Martinez

    El que sea libre de quimicos y conservadores. Es mera mente artesanal.

  2. Proctails

    One of the Best Espadin Mezcals we have tried . Erstwhile bottle art work alone will get you to do a double take . With a woman warrior holding a flowering quiote, riding a velociraptor. Again A Velociraptor !! Amazing ! Erstwhile is a women owned business . The mezcal itself is smooth . .

    Off the nose you smell Strong Fresh Vegetal Notes. Amongst those notes of Green Pepper, Fresh Cut Grass, Earthy and Black Tea giving it Body. You can almost smell the Espadin Agave being Cut as they are making it . .

    The green pepper and vegetal notes carries on to the tasting followed by black pepper . On the back end you will taste a subtle ash and smoke . Great Mezcal for anyone curious about getting into Mezcals. Has everything you would want off the nose and on your tongue .

    Erstwhile also makes different Mezcals using different plants such as Tobala , Henequen , Espadin Capo, Cuishe , Arroqueno, and Tepeztate-Tobala .

    We can only speak for the Espadin but tasting the quality of this one we are sure that the others will follow . We hope to try them all.

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