On the steep, precarious hillsides of Oaxaca and Guerrero, indigenous varieties of agave grow wild and are heavily sought after by the local mezcaleros. These varietals produce flavors that are exotically intense, with rich earth tones and savory smokiness. From the heart of the maguey, these flavors are traditionally extracted to produce mezcal that is wildly refined.
Bozal Borrego – Castilla agave sourced from a dry region in Oaxaca, offering a distinctive mineral-forward flavor. From the same field, calabazas (pumpkins), a traditional crop, have been long cultivated for hundreds of years lending more complexity to the agave. A Pechuga mezcal; a leg of lamb, seasonal wild fruits and grains, are suspended inside the bottom of the still in a basket during the second distillation.Flavor: Dry mineral base, offset nicely with fruit, herbaceous notes and nuttiness. A viscous entry coats the mouth leading to a fruit forward mid palate with subtle sweetness that shines with bright citrus and persimmons. The finish is smooth with flavors of smoked lamb.
Bozal Castilla – Castilla agave sourced from deep in the heart of the Oaxaca valley close to a river, the aromatics are fruit forward and earthy. Flavor: Fruit-forward with wet earth. A slight sweetness is evident on the palate with flavors of roasted agave, mocha and fresh mint and pepper, finishing smooth with subtle hints of smoke.
Bozal Coyote – Sourced from Villa Sola de Vega in Oaxaca, Coyote agave is particularly hard to find in the wild. This agave is typically characterized by its herbaceous and earthy aromatics with a slightly spicy finish, and is clay pot distilled, accentuating its delicate character. Flavor: An earthy and slightly smoky start leads to a mid-palate that is driven by flavors of minerality and rich dark chocolate. Finishes dry and balanced.
Tradition and utility…
The vaso veladora is the traditional glass for drinking mezcal, especially in Oaxaca. Originally used to hold prayer candles in Catholic churches, the vaso has a crucifix at the bottom. At some point a church-goer “borrowed” a vaso to drink mezcal in it and a dual purpose, both religious and secular, was realized.